Local man writes Korean War novel in letter form
Bill Christy admits he has taken an offbeat approach to chronicling the Korean War.
In his novel “Tommy de Burgh,” Christy takes the reader through a sometimes disjointed journey through the eyes of survivor Tommy de Burgh with the publishing of fictional letters of the character.
Most of the events that happen in the book are based on real stories and history, Christy said.
“This is a composite,” Christy said. “I had friends who went through some terrible things.”
The Korean War happened at a time when the government had stopped funding the military, he said. Then the United States decided to take a police action.
“But we weren’t prepared,” Christy said. “Now South Korea is free. Now we are prepared at all times.”
The novel goes into the psychological traumas people go through and the emotional baggage they carry around, not only that they pick up in the war but what they face from family and friends.
Christy is a Korean War veteran, a retired certified public accountant and a retired financial administrator at New Mexico Tech but mostly he defines himself as a history buff. He has written two self published family history books tracing his mother’s lineage of her Burke family heritage. Burke is the phonetic English spelling of the French name of De Burgh.
After 10 years of research and two trips to Ireland, Tommy de Burgh began to form in Christy’s mind.
“I had enough research material; I felt I needed to do something with it,” he said. The result, “Tommy de Burgh,” describes a very human experience of war and trauma in an easy to read way with some great surprises along the way.
Christy has two book signing events this weekend. On Friday, he will be at the Manzanares Coffee Shop at 2 p.m. Saturday and again at the Socorro Public Library at 10 a.m.