Jul 29, 2014
On this episode of Ron’s Amazing Stories we do have an amazing program for you. We have a letter that answers a question, tweets about epic fails and the numbers tell me, we have grown. If that wasn’t enough Tim Lilly is here all the way from Hawaii to talk about his books: Wode SuSu and II Corps. This is a packed show.
Tim Lilly was born in Washington D.C. on January 16th, 1965. At the age of 3 his family moved from Virginia to Taiwan while his father served in Vietnam as the Director of Air Operations for Air America in Military Region 2 based in Nha Trang. In 1973 the Paris Peace accord was signed thus ending American involvement in the war and Vietnam was declared safe for U.S. Dependents, subsequently; he and his family relocated there shortly after the treaty was signed. On April 1st, 1975 Tim and his family left Vietnam just before Saigon fell to the North Vietnamese Army on April 30th. They had visited Hawaii several times on vacation and decided to make that their home. His father started a real estate business where Tim began to work at the age of 14.
Tim is now exploring a career in acting, martial arts stunt work, and is now an author. His first work of fiction; "Wode Susu-My Uncle-A Story of the Chinese Mafia", is a ground breaking look into the inner workings of the most secretive criminal organization the world has ever known. He did a lot of soul searching and research for 2 years before writing the first line. It is gritty and graphic and it reads like a Martin Scorsese film. On the beginning pages of all his work he writes: "The following is based on a true story and inspired by real events, most of the names and some of the locations have been changed to protect the guilty. You as the reader must decide if what is set down here is true. If you believe it isn't true, the names and locations don't matter". His publisher and many of his readers have said this story is so compelling and believable that they wonder what parts are true and if this is really a work of fiction.
Ron! Another good one in the books! I don’t think I told you B4, but I was in Vietnam. I was stationed at small helicopter base located along route 9 just south of the demilitarized zone. We were attacked by regulars heading god knows where. We were told to stand our ground, but not to engage. I lost two friends that day. When Tim said he was a vet of the war, I totally get what he was saying. I can’t imagine being in that hell hole at ten years old. Sorry, I’ve not commented for a while. -Brian
eight and a half years ago
I can't imagine being shot at and at 12 years old. Great story and thank you for sharing. I like how easy it is now to post, I will do it more often. The old system was a pain. - Helen