Referring to diary entries penned across the delicate months between the summer of 1990 and early 1991—pivoting on the Operation Desert Storm experience that landed him in the midst of a Middle Eastern conflict—Colonel Franklin Hook reflects that his diary “tells a story of anxiety, emotional trauma, and war, the latter often described by combat veterans as weeks of boredom interspersed with a few moments of stark terror.”
Embedded in the ink of Hook’s narrative is every fret and fear that befalls life as an American citizen, a soldier, a friend, a physician, a husband, and a father… all at once, in the uncertain times of war. The “anxiety,” the “trauma,” and the “terror” of the text are all genuine, because Desert Storm Diary tells the real story of the encounter in the Gulf War from the perspective of active servicemen in the U.N.’s Coalition Force.
His story encourages the reader to reexamine previous judgments and opinions on the subject of war, considering the reality of another, much closer, perspective.
The anticipated launch of Colonel Hook’s second manuscript, Desert Storm Diary: Including the Ten Commandments of Muslim Diplomacy, is scheduled for February 2013.
Desert Storm Diary is a window looking in on a point-of-view belonging to the commander of North Dakota’s 311th Evacuation Hospital. He tells a story about a war that most Americans living today will remember well.
Yes, Desert Storm Diary is about war—but more so, this wartime diary is about the people who lived it, soldiers and citizens alike.