NOBLE CHAOS is a great read, not just for those of us who lived through the Sixties, but for anyone who enjoys wonderful storytelling. Brent Green shows you things you might miss, even standing next to him.
The American Story with Bob Dotson
NBC News Today Show
FOR ME, Noble Chaos is first and foremost an exquisitely written novel about coming of age and first love. It’s a breath-taking and heart-breaking (in a good way) journey back to being nineteen again and re-experiencing how wise and foolish we all are during those years. It’s also a superbly written historical fiction novel about what life was like on many college campuses during the turbulent anti-Vietnam war years of 1969-1970. In 258 pages, you can relive a defining era in your own life, and a defining moment in our country’s life. It’s a read you won’t want to put down.
Author and communications trainer
YOU’LL BE instantly transposed to 1969. Noble Chaos is an extraordinary journey that chronicles the life of every kid, Ryan Sterling. He represents the passion, the confusion, and the conflicts so many of us experienced at that time. Noble Chaos is an intimate portrayal, beautifully executed. Brent Green cleverly takes us through the touchstones of those amazing and turbulent times: politics, drugs, human rights, family, sex, and academics. The quest of his central character is simple: how to make sense of the world. And although the clothes and political slogans are different today, many of the conflicts in the late sixties and early seventies remain the same. How do we deal with authority? What are the limits to our freedoms? And, yes, what are our responsibilities? Noble Chaos is a gift.
Ken Cinnamon, Ph.D.
Hollywood executive producer and Nielsen Top 10 television program writer
I THINK the name nails it: Noble Chaos. Those were the Sixties, the Seventies, the age when an emerging generation my Boomer generation bumped into not just the chaos of a divided society, but the chaos of divided friendships, even of our own divided minds. Brent Greens book reminded me of passions that are oddly missing today despite similar national conflicts of war and social revolution.
Formerly correspondent with ABC Network News for 23 years
and then with HDNet
“WHAT A LONG STRANGE TRIP IT’S BEEN.”
For those of us too young to have been a baby boomer, hippy, or flower child, Noble Chaos allows us to take a vicarious ride on the psychedelic bus, without the secondhand smoke from the funny cigarettes.
The ride begins in the final phase of the sexual revolution, in 1969, with Ryan Sterling as our tour guide. This character does exactly what the reader expects: participates as little as possible in his education, flips off authority with the universal one-finger salute (figuratively speaking), and gets stoned out of his gourd.
What makes this novel interesting is that Ryan then does the last thing the reader expects: makes great grades, gives into his companions’ insistence to “go along to get along,” and manages to be a druggie without being an addict.
The obligatory sexual escapades are there, of course, as is the Vietnam War protest. Confused by everything that assails him from every direction (as we all were when we were teenagers), Ryan actively seeks answers to his questions. By not blindly acquiescing to his compatriots and the ideals of the authority figures surrounding him, he risks a fate worse than death for a teenager — being ostracized.
Noble Chaos is a great read for those who have been there and done that as well as those who have read about it and wished they had done it.
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