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Read an excerpt from Pay The Rent by Mike Domino

Michael Primont, a combat seasoned Army Lieutenant during the Vietnam war, revisits the rural village where he was stationed and fought many battles. His cousin Michael Domino, a writer, photographer, and businessman, accompanies him on the long trek. It’s forty years since Primont’s’ call of duty, yet the past will never be forgotten. 

Time to Pay The Rent is an odyssey which transports readers from past to present, war to peace, and horror to reconciliation. There are many war stories but few accounts expose the raw emotions that scarred veterans endure. Humanizing and profound, it’s a story told in a clear and concise, yet hard-hitting and emotional way. It is a must read novella that’s both enduring and current. The book contains extraordinary personal photos from Primont’s collection which he’s kept hidden away since the war, unable to look at them until writing this book.

A treasure of personal remembrance of the Vietnam War, and a glimpse of humanity at its best and worst, Time to Pay the Rent explores all of this and more, delving into the rippling complications of relationships forty years after the weapons have been laid to rest. 

Much has changed in the small village of Rich Keen since the war.  An overgrown patch of weeds is the only evidence that a marketplace once thrived in the center of Rich Keen. Upon closer inspection, stones and bricks and concrete footings, which once were the foundations of food and supply shops, stick out of the earth, mostly buried though, after years of decay.

Compelling to readers of military genres and general interest alike, who will appreciate the fresh perspective offered in Time to Pay the Rent. The book is not meant to glorify the conflict, nor act as a documentary chronicling the history, rather, it is a look at the palpable emotions of a soldier that are conjured up by his experiences serving in the Vietnam war. 

Michael Primont lives in Vancouver B.C Canada. Michael Domino is a writer and businessman living in New York City. Domino is the author of four books. His latest book is Park Avenue to Park Bench - a collection of true New York stories. Visit

Short story writer and poet Michael Domino has lived in New York City for 10 years, and has lived and worked within a 50-mile radius of Manhattan Island for most of his life. Captivated and sometimes overwhelmed by The City, he has come to know that the essence of Manhattan life is contained within its people – from all income brackets, all living situations, and all ages to all backgrounds, personalities, and circumstances. Michael published three books of short stories and a novella. His latest book of short stories is Park Avenue to Park Bench. Visit

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