Joe Rosato


Voices Over Troubled Water- "The story brings the life of a young man full circle, involving betrayal, love, patriotism, family bond, friendships, death and forgiveness. At 174 pages, this is a short book with a big impact and totally worth the read."

Dog Tags & Wedding Bands- "This meticulous story shows the real life traumatic experiences that happened to many innocent civilians during the Vietnam war. A page turning story that provides humor, romance, and mystery all into one thrilling plot. With relatable and endearing characters this tale intertwines with the past and present while leaving the reader happy and hopeful."

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“Dog Tags and Wedding Bands”

On a dark haunting Saigon night in late-summer 1968, two volunteer American Red Cross nurses disappeared without a trace. Officials dismiss their disappearance as being “Absent Without Leave” (AWOL) and with the passage of time, they were simply forgotten.

At least until thirty-seven years later when Chet Ross, a Vietnam veteran, is experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) flashbacks and nightmares of the former war-ravaged country. While mourning the death of his wife, Chet Ross is mesmerized as he watches a tropical depression form over the Bahamas. Before long, this little-known storm turns into Hurricane Katrina. This triggers Chet's memory of a tropical depression in Vietnam in 1968 that developed into Typhoon Cobra. He recalls the destructive forces and surging waters of Typhoon Cobra that are almost identical to those of Hurricane Katrina. Chet asks himself, why don't the New Orleans elected officials seem to care? Remembering Typhoon Cobra's devastation was way beyond any forecasts or predictions and thousands of poor villagers lost their lives along the Mekong Delta.

As if drawn by an unexplainable force, Chet stumbles upon the story of the two missing nurses. He is more determined than ever before to investigate as he relives every one of his nightmares. In his relentless pursuit of the truth, Chet disregards his own health concerns. By accident or fate, Chet meets a man named Ta Ning, who was witness to a pivotal event when he was a young orphaned teenager. Ta’s tragic story reminds us all that during a war, the worst of humanity shows its ugly face, torturing its victims in unimaginable ways.

Chet’s travels reawaken the atrocities and corruption of war along with his sad but remarkable connection to the two nurses. Although this is a fictional story, some of the dates, events and places are real and the author has used his own Vietnam experience to help develop the storyline.

“Voices Over Troubled Water”

On a rainy night in March 1958, Joe as a young boy of ten years old, along with his younger brother are abandoned by their mother over Troubled Water. Crying out loud with no one around to overhear him praying for help. The occasion brings about hearing unusual voices that start to play an intricate part in his life. This event haunts Joe while growing up from a boy into manhood causing him to always search for answers to why.

Certain relatives, teachers and mentors in Joe's life begin to replace the lost love and guidance needed by a young boy to become someone worthwhile. These folks in Joe's circle of life are quickly recognized and admired; giving him the strong footing he needs to survive. Demands are placed on his teenage lifestyle that would destroy most young adults, but Joe finds the strength to overcome the bad pathways by those same Voices Over Troubled Water.

Along Joe's journey in life, Troubled Water shows its massive mind power at far reaching locations as he travels around the world while serving in the US Navy and the Vietnam War. He finds that there are some Troubled Waters that are finally at peace and those that are not and never will be.

A long time family secret is exposed by accident that intertwined most of his elder family members and their silence for many years. This family secret enabled Joe to find most of his long lost answers to questions that were thought to never be solved. Each and every one of these amazing stories in this memoir are true and have been experienced by the author.