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Robert Parker’s Debut Novel: “To Ride the Tiger”

Buffalo author Robert Parker has his debut book out that recounts the terrifying day to day conflicts of the Vietnam Conflict, as seen through the eyes of a C.I.A. trained intelligence expert. Parker, an ex-army Green Beret, Vietnam Veteran, and lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans Organization, tells it like it is, from the sacrifices made when in Vietnam, to the hardships faced upon returning home where a nation turned its back on the soldiers.

At a time when misdiagnosis for what is today known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was a common occurrence (actually the only occurrence), and veterans were simply shoved aside for political and social reasons, Parker was able to formulate his own unique takes on the gruesome nature of the combat effects, and the ill-prepared Medical Profession that was left to deal with the broken pieces.

In his novel, “To Ride the Tiger” (published by Austin Macauley), Parker is able to deliver a unique take on the conflict through his status as Special Forces. From his upbringing in a rough neighborhood to his associations with myriad hit men, the insightful viewpoints through his real life experiences are laid out for the reader.

Parker, an African-American author, holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Madison University in Gulfport, Mississippi, and also holds an MBA Degree from Frederick Taylor University in Moraga, California. Aside from his debut novel, Parker has also written a number of magazine and newspaper articles that include ‘Why the Iran-Hostage Rescue Mission Failed’ to ‘Black On Black Crime’ to ‘Unarmed Combat’ to ‘Depression in Women’.

Look for the book on the shelves of local bookstores, or on Amazon.


Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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