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    With the Vietnam War erupting in the background, Noble Chaos presents an eye-opening immersion into the late 1960s from a college perspective, a journey through profoundly troubled times.

    Set at the University of Kansas, one of the nation's most radical colleges back then, this astonishing book knits together emotional and historical truth. The novel reveals the conflicts, concessions, and conundrums of a nation’s darkest hours.

    Ryan Sterling is a 19-year-old college junior navigating a moral switchback. He protests the Vietnam War while weighing patriotic implications. He loses his passion for education while remaining on the Dean's list. He defies authority while conforming to group pressure. He experiments with drugs while resisting dependency. He devours philosophy and psychology to find meaning in raging confusion.

    But conflict is the price of his search for understanding. Conflict carves rifts between Ryan, his peers, and society. Conflict forces him to make game-changing choices.

    Ryan's journey includes a cast of memorable characters. His lover shuns her self-indulgent past and makes the least expected confession. A cunning drug dealer squares off with Ryan's nemesis, provoking a fatal consequence of intolerance. A tradition-minded classmate transforms into a revolutionary, leading perilous confrontations with armed authorities.

    For those who lived through this school year of extraordinary challenges, Noble Chaos inspires dormant and forgotten memories, an emotional perspective of the chaotic forces that turned America upon itself. For younger listeners, the novel presents the titanic experiences that provoked contemporary politics, prejudices, and popular culture.

    This uncensored story also presents an intriguing parable for today. Women's rights are not yet fully achieved. Racial divisions are festering. Party politics are crushing. Clean air and water are evaporating. Native Americans are inciting. Military overreach is still threatening.

    ©2010, 2020 Brent Green (P)2020 Brent Green

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    • Global
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    • AudioBookReviewer
    • 07/11/2020

    A unique Audiobook that should not be missed

    Ryan Sterling is a University of Kansas College student who is on a journey of self-discovery and a lesson in life. A time period of flower children, love, peace, Woodstock and drugs versus the Vietnam conflict and the establishment. Sterling finds himself off track as he navigates through the multiple conflicts – everything he thought he wanted, he doesn’t and gives in to peer pressure only to discover his moral compass in jeopardy. He discovers that with challenges comes change and those changes may not always be good. Brent Green, the author, does a magnificent job of detailing the time period drawing upon historical information and creates a story that most of us remember in one form or another. Green gives us an insider’s look into the time period told from a college student’s point of view. Although Vietnam drives most of the conflicts and precarious clashes, it remains distant – in other words, we see how the Vietnam Conflict/War affects those who remain home. Green details the emotional rollercoaster the students take as their world becomes rooted in conflicts – racial and gender-driven conflicts, riots and protests against the military and government, plus the age of free love and sexuality. Each character is well-developed and unique; all are essential to the storyline. Their growth moves the story along at a steady pace and the dialog is realistic and poignant. For those that lived through this time period, it is a memory that is freshened; for those that are experiencing that time through this book will find it haunting yet familiar in so many ways. Some things never change or evolve. The narrator, Jack de Golia provides an excellent performance as always. He captures the emotions of the characters and projects them effectively. His rhythm and pace are well suited to the story and his performance fits each character. His voices are distinct and rich. I always enjoy hearing de Golia perform. The audio production of this audiobook was well executed, there were no issues with the quality of production. I look forward to enjoying more writings by Brent Green. Disclaimer: This Audiobook was provided free of charge by the author, narrator, and/or publisher in exchange for a non-bias, honest review.

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    • 07/11/2020

    A “must hear” Audible book for Boomers

    This book is a beautiful trip down memory lane!   Author Brent Green captures the essence of the Vietnam/Woodstock era with a wonderful tale and picturesque words that brings back the sounds, smells, fears, and feelings that shaped our lives. The book presents uncommon perspectives about the anti-Vietnam War struggles and student protests on campuses.   The remarkable characters remind me of people I hung with during my college days. I’m still in love with the character Jenny and wonder who she went on to be. Is she still alive today?   Noble Chaos wrestles with questions as relevant today, as ever. The sounds of the 60s music, the smell of the drugs, and the sensuousness of the sexuality are beautifully captured and remind me how I lost my innocence. As a Vietnam combat cameramen of that era, I highly recommend this marvelous novel!   Superb recording by narrator and producer Jack de Golia.

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