Get creative. Blow me away.
Remember, this book is a dark, personal story. It’s about the
anguish, guilt, trauma experienced by one man (O’Toole) who is
responsible for leading many other men into battle and ultimately
their death. This book is not about the boat, the war, or even the
Pacific. Those are merely historical elements that place O’Toole in
WWII. It’s critical to be historically accurate when using imagery
but remember that the story, and therefore cover, are about the
O’Toole and his internal struggle. This struggle is how the book
demonstrates the hell of war.
I want the cover to make me feel this man’s anguish, guilt, and
trauma after a hellish battle (he is wounded and his uniform has been
torn to shreds) as he views the body bags (they used mattress covers
in the navy in WWII) of three dozen or so his dead crewman.
Typography is important and sends a message. The winning design would
probably contain typography that is gritty and conveys the anguish of
war rather than polished typography or gold, silver or shiny colors.
War is not glorious, or shiny.