SONGS OF LOVE AND WAR, the vivid and romantic second book of Things We Lost in the Night, A Memoir of Love and Music in the 60s follows Amazon Bestseller NIGHT PEOPLE, and is the first of four eBooks concluding the series.
When the band arrives in early 1968 to play at the Lemon Tree, a local beach nightclub on the far edge of Waikiki, the mood in Honolulu is in flux. The easy island ambiance contrasts with the intensity of a military town at the height of the Vietnam War. In the lit-fuse atmosphere of the Lemon Tree, the band’s songs trigger dramatic emotions in combatants in their audience, some still fresh from jungle firefights.
At first, they wished they’d been booked at one of the top tourist resorts instead of the unimpressive club with primitive accommodations in the rickety Surfboard Hotel. But they’re stage overlooks an alluring, nearly deserted beach across the street and they find themselves captivated by the local people, the grateful warriors who stir their compassion, and the exotic natural surroundings.
Larry encounters a breathtaking Hawaiian girl he hopes will ease his breakup with his girlfriend from NIGHT PEOPLE. She will introduce him to a Hawaii most tourists never see, and threatens to overwhelm the emotions he’d promised to hold in check. Although the island is the most beautiful and spiritual place he’s ever seen, he experiences life-changing moments and deadly dangers hidden beneath the lush beauty of this Hawaiian paradise.