MV author McPhail appears at Books Inc. Thursday evening

Local author Donald McPhail is scheduled to celebrate his latest release 7 p.m. Thursday at Books Inc., 317 Castro St., Mountain View.

“The Guest from Johannesburg,” a sequel to McPhail’s “The Millionaire’s Cruise,” is both an anti-war novel and a love story. With the backdrop of the Pacific wars – World War II, Korea and Vietnam – readers follow the lives of a South African Pan American World Airways executive and his wife, a heroic nurse. Set in Hawaii, Asia and South Africa, the historical novel offers hope as it takes on the horrors of war.

McPhail, a Mountain View resident, was born in Chile and raised in Palo Alto. He attended Menlo College, the U.S Naval Academy and San Francisco State University. He worked 40 years as a marketing executive in the airline and hospitality industries, and has devoted nearly 20 years to fundraising and governance for Sonoma’s Hanna Boys Center.

For more information on McPhail and his books, visit

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