Originally published in 1994, JoSara MeDia brings back this classic by Robert Flynn.
Sherrill O’Connell, as innocent as many of the young soldiers he’s about to join in Vietnam, wants to leave his wife and his comfortable teaching job to report war news for Real Magazine. Inconsolable over the death of his young daughter, he finds himself in a vacuum of hopelessness, unable to continue writing his worthy but misunderstood novels. In Vietnam he hopes his personal sorrow will be diminished by our national sorrow and he will find material for the best book he has in him.
What O’Connell finds is a world of unreality, distorted by the news media. Becuase of an instinctive reaction to sudden danger in the presence of other reporters, he becomes a hero. His own story becomes the good news Americans want to hear.
Unrecognizable to those he has left behind, incomprehensible to fellow correspondents who are jealous of his fame, he recreates himself as a man of action – a real hero, this time, above all to readers of this book, who will be shattered by what they see with his eyes, fascinated by his reactions and ennobled by sharing the workings of his mind.
In The Last Klick lives are sacrificed to protect lies, as in all wars, but the way careerists in print and film media determine the truth is somehow more obscene. While the provocations of maniacs of every political stripe still disgrace our nation, and the sky is still dark with hawks and doves, the truths of this book have a very fresh taste and wield a great silence.