By What Is Sure to Follow 

Donald N. Burton


A PTSD Odyssey


ISBN: 9781555717629
Pages: 297

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“Don Burton’s ‘By What is Sure to Follow’ takes us from carefree college days into the Vietnam War’s pit of hell, and it’s a pit Mr. Burton knows something about. This book will suck you in, then punch you in the gut.” — Mike Farrell, best known as BJ Hunnicutt of M*A*S*H, is the author of Just Call Me Mike: A Journey to Actor and Activist and Of Mule and Man

“Burton is a talented writer capable of rendering the quiet tension that makes up so much of wartime…[He] successfully communicates some of the ideas underrepresented in cultural portrayals of war: the loneliness of soldiering, the constant isolation and fear, and the territory between sanity and mental collapse that PTSD seems to occupy. A compassionate, disquieting tale of a soldier’s attempts to leave war behind.” —Kirkus Reviews

“…a respectable and well-written story about Marine Recon.” -Vietnam Veterans of America

“Exceptionally well written, impressively organized and deftly presented, “By What is Sure to Follow” is a riveting read from beginning to end and clearly documents author Donald N. Burton as an unusually talented novelist. Very highly recommended…” -Midwest Book Review (


Ex-Marine Force Recon Luke Sims is a veteran of two wars: Vietnam and the one inside his head. He’s spent the last fourteen years attending self-help group sessions at a local Veterans’ Center to help him be normal, to cope with the memories and trauma of his tour of duty. On the outside he seems fine. But looks can deceive and it’s not long before Luke goes to war with his incredible skill set against his inner demons and the depth of his pain is at last revealed—with deadly consequences.

Based on real in-country legendary events of uncommon valor, unbelievable luck and supreme dedication to brethren, By What Is Sure To Follow dramatically follows one veteran’s path, chronicling unknown exploits into North Vietnam during the early years of the Vietnam War. With stark realism, it reveals the potentially devastating aftereffects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) on those who go to war and painfully decries the failure of a nation to protect and heal its warriors when they come home broken.

“Donald Burton’s ‘By What is Sure to Follow’ is a riveting book. It reminds me of Joseph Conrad’s ‘Heart of Darkness,’ but with a twist. Sadly, as we have learned from the veterans who have returned from war, PTSD, or Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder, can have a terrible impact on a soldier. If you are a veteran, you will empathize with Luke Sims, and you will understand how it happened. Burton’s book informs the reader that the bonds formed in war are permanent and that there is a price for everything. It is a great book, but it is gut-wrenching at the same time. I highly recommend it.” -Leo Barron*

* Leo Barron is a former U.S. Army captain and Bronze Star recipient who works for General Dynamics as an instructor of military intelligence officers for the U.S. Army. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in history and has served with the 101st Airborne. Barron has seen two tours of active duty in Iraq as an infantry and intelligence officer. His articles about Bastogne and other WWII-related military topics have appeared in Infantry Magazine, Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin, WWII History Magazine, and WWII Magazine. He has used some of his research on Bastogne and the Christmas battle to teach his students about intelligence preparation of the battlefield. Leo’s latest book is Patton at the Battle of the Bulge: How the General’s Tanks Turned the Tide at Bastogne. (Available November 2014). He is also the co-author with Don Crgan, of No Silent Night: The Christmas Battle for Bastogne.

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