Monoray has acquired the true story of a young man going to take his buddies a few cans of beer—in the heat of the Vietnam War.
Entitled The Greatest Beer Run Ever: A Crazy Adventure in a Crazy War by John "Chickie" Donohue and J T Molloy, the book is already being turned into a film by Peter Farrelly, writer and producer of the Oscar-winning "Green Book", who also directed and produced "Dumb and Dumber" and "There’s Something About Mary".
While the film adaptation is currently slated for release in autumn 2020, the book will be published on 16th May 2020 as a £14.99 hardback. Jake Lingwood, publisher of Monoray, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Harper Collins US.
The Greatest Beer Run Ever tells the story of how, in 1967, having seen students protesting against the Vietnam War, some New York City bar friends decided that someone should go to Vietnam to buy their various neighbourhood buddies a beer, to show them that someone appreciated what they were doing over there.
"A US Marine Corps veteran turned merchant mariner, armed with Irish luck and a backpack full of alcohol, Chickie makes his way to Qui Nho’n, tracking down his disbelieving friends one by one," reads the synopsis. "But Chickie sees more of the war than he ever bargained for, unexpectedly getting caught up for a night on the front line by the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone), and for weeks in Saigon during the Tet Offensive. In the process of undertaking this well-intentioned but ill thought-through adventure, Chickie learnt a lot about himself and most importantly, changed his view on the Vietnam War, having seen first-hand the craziness of the whole endeavour and ultimately realising that the protesters had a point."
Lingwood called Donohue's story "a great addition" to the Monoray list. "We say stories are unique all the time, but I challenge anyone to find anything like The Greatest Beer Run Ever," he said. "Chickie’s story is so audacious it’s inspiring. Despite the setting, it’s a wonderful, uplifting book and you just can’t help telling your friends about it."