OPERATION: NEXT CHAPTER OPERATION: NEXT CHAPTER Gives Wounded Warriors a Reason to Heal
“Jaspar’s War wondrously chronicles one brave and desperate woman’s attempts to escape a Kafka-esque nightmare. Cym Lowell’s brilliant debut strains the boundaries of the thriller genre, even as it seeks to redefine them in this emotionally wrenching tale that reinvents and modernizes the classic Ludlum formula. Written with flare and emotion, as visually polished as it is viscerally powerful, Jaspar’s War manages a smooth and savory mix of Vince Flynn and Harlan Coben. Magnificent and not to be missed.”
―Jon Land, bestselling author of Strong Rain Falling
Yes, JASPAR’S WAR is a great book. It is also a thriller with raw emotion, hold-your-breathe action, and a strong female protagonist. Once you start, you will not be able to put it down. In JASPAR’S WAR (Rosemary Beach Press; April 2014; $12.99), author Cym Lowell takes readers on a thrill ride to the most unexpected and dangerous of locales to uncover secrets that could bring down the U.S. government.
However, this is more than just about another book getting published. It’s also about giving back, inspiring others, and providing a bridge to healing for those wounded warriors who have put their lives on the line for the freedoms we all enjoy.
As Lowell was completing Jaspar’s War, he heard about Soldiers’ Angels, a nonprofit organization with thousands of volunteers who provide aid and comfort to the men and women of the armed forces, veterans, and their families. He was told there is a waiting list of approximately 200 wounded warriors, who, because of injuries sustained in fighting for our country, are in need of voice-activated laptops.
That’s all he needed to know. He decided that 100 percent of any proceeds from the sale of his book will go directly to Soldiers’ Angels. His initiative is called: OPERATION: NEXT CHAPTER. Last week he made appearances in Washington, D.C. and in New York City, where laptops where presented to three of these heroes.
As a Vietnam vet, Lowell knows all too well the results of what war injuries can do to the human spirit. “We all have dreams, and we all need them to be real and achievable. When dreams end, so does life,” said Lowell. “My goal is to make sure every soldier, marine, airman and sailor on this waiting list receive a laptop,” he said. “As an attorney and author, I know how essential it is to have a computer. With our support we can provide a bridge to healing for those who put their lives on the line for the freedoms we all enjoy.”
Cym Lowell was born in Montana to academics with a youth of traveling the world. To be polite, he was an undistinguished student, rewarded with assignment to the U.S. Navy at 18. After two years in Vietnam, college and law school were a challenge. Being a veteran in the political turbulence of the late 1960s and early 1970s taught humility. Raising three children in the Midwest and Texas brought love and responsibility. An international tax practice in the financial crises of the past 40 years provided insight into motivations of actors on the global stage. Friends, clients, adversaries, and colleagues, like victory and defeat, added color and context. The result is a thriller writer with a treasure trove of experience to frame compelling characters enmeshed in heart-thumping challenge about endearing people caught-up in events that one would never dream possible.
Photo by www.karolduclos.com
New York, NY –On Thursday, March 13,James Van Thach, retired Capt., Army, received a voice-controlled laptop on the deck of the Intrepid during a speaking engagement on Leadership and “The Power of One.” He is pictured with his service dog Liz, and attorney and author, Cym Lowell. Thach was wounded twice in the line of duty while deployed to Iraq; once in an IED explosion, and then in a rocket attack on base, and received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He is the first Vietnamese-American to become an advisor to the New Iraqi Army.
Jaspar’s War is available on Amazon.