No Good Like It Is and Dog Soldier Moon by McKendree Long | Books in Review

VVA member McKendree “Mike” Long III served two tours in the Vietnam War as an advisor to South Vietnamese Army units, earning a Silver Star and Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry in the process. After retiring, he began writing historical fiction. His books, Long told us, “don’t have a damn thing to do with Vietnam, but have everything to do with veterans.”

Mike Long

Long’s first novel, No Good Like It Is (332 pp., CreateSpace, $12.08, paper; $2.99, Kindle), published in 2010,  follows two Confederate cavalrymen through the Civil War and their postwar adventures in Texas.

In the sequel, Dog Soldier Moon (Goldminds Publishing, 260 pp., $12, paper; $2.99, Kindle), published in 2011, Long brings back his Texas Ranger heroes  Dobey Walls and Jimmy Boss Melton, who get involved in a series of  adventures in the Texas Panhandle in the late 1860s.

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—Marc Leepson

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