The Rings of Misfortune

William Lloyd Duncan


1940s & '50s

William Lloyd Duncan

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Jack, the most admired young man in a small town becomes a pariah, after having been caught in a homosexual affair. The problem escalates when he becomes a combat Marine. Book is not porn; written from sociological and psychological view points.


Epic, War, Action, Drama, Historical Fiction, LGBT, Young Adult, Adventure

Short Summary

Told in third person. Pictures of smalll town life, Marine training a combat. Final action occurs in Veterans’Hospital where he is treated for battle fatigue, and lastly confronted with his problem.

The hero when finally accepts that he is homosexual, attempts suicide, but is saved by an older corpsman who had befriended him, and had also been a hero.


Fictional Small town in Arkansas called ‘Big Springs and Can]mp Lejuene and Pacific Islands

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age, Meaningful Message, Happy Ending

Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence, Sexual Abuse, Nudity

Main Character Details

Name: Jonathan Armistead Scott (Jack)

Age: 18

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Decisive, Engaging, Aggressive, Beautiful, Charming, Complex, Confident, Adventurous, Aspiring, Empathetic, Faithful

Additional Character Details

Name: Skipper Evans

Age: 21

Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Aspiring, Charming, Educated, Narcissistic, Aggressive, Complex, Romantic, Sexy, Adventurous, Heartthrob, Seductive, Masculine, Beautiful, Desperate, Extraordinary Powers and Abilities, Manipulative

Additional Character Details

Name: Sgt. Joe Mosely

Age: 27

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Aggressive, Confident, Seductive, Adventurous, Complex, Decisive, Faithful, Heroic, Insecure, Leader, Patriotic, Blunt

Additional Character Details

Name: Many students and Marines

Age: 18

Gender: Male

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous, Aggressive, Badass, Blunt, Complex, Confident, Decisive, Desperate

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About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34

Target Gender: Male leaning

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Year Published: 2011

Hard Copy Available



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