Venus Rising is the WWII era memoir of Harry William Deal.
Acclaim for Venus Rising
A vividly remembered memoir, Venus Rising sneaks up on you with its simple approach, then delivers an emotional wallop. Harry Deal tells his story honestly, passionately, and with a disarming sense of humor. It s a highly personal peek at one mans contribution to the Greatest Generation. --Arianna Huffington
I loved reading this book. A terrific storyteller. I laughed often and was terrified for him often, sometimes at the same time. Dozens of the stories he tells are priceless. Like the time he s getting his wisdom tooth pulled as a kamikaze dive-bombs the ship! --Daniel Voll
Venus Rising is a very enjoyable, honest and genuine, nostalgic journey through the 1940s and the war in the Pacific. It is a timely, vivid, and powerful reminder of the deep tragedies, the immense sufferings, and the ghastly cost of war. --Terry Sanders
Synopsis of Venus Rising
This is a chronicle of one simple mans experience in a world turned upside down. It is a story of faith and belief in a guardian angel, told in the pure and innocent voice of a 20-year-old caught in the midst of a crazy war on a boat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Some 62 years later, he felt compelled to tell this story, which culminates with his description of an otherworldly experience he had off the shores of Japan in 1945. Yet it is more than a simple memoir. It is a window into the past. Growing up in Texas during the rough days of the Great Depression, Harry Deal went to sea after having seen the ocean only once before his enlistment. Assigned to the aircraft carrier Enterprise, he chose a more dangerous assignment on an oil tanker because his friends were on board. He faced the dangers and shared the camaraderie of war in the Pacific and experienced a surreal encounter that influences his life even today. Harry tells his story like he saw it: keenly, simply, and with a wry, understated Texan sense of humor. Venus Rising takes us in a very genuine and authentic way into the hearts and minds of those who lived with honor and courage and offered up years of their lives for a purpose beyond themselves. Venus Rising is both an adventure and a war story. It is a journey into a different time in a very different world. It is a journey well worth taking...and remembering.