The War by Gerald A. Spence | Books in Review

Gerald A. Spence’s The War: 361 Days, 12 Hours, and 27 Minutes in Vietnam (Tate Publishing, 177 pp., $12.99) tells the fictional story of Jerry Simpson, who gets drafted at age 22 in 1966 just after taking a job as a firefighter. The newly married young man leaves his pregant wife at home and ships off (by ship) to Vietnam with the 337th Signal Company and arrives in country in the summer of 1967.

This cleanly written, short novel—which has all the earmarks of being autobiographical—follows Simpson through his nearly one-year tour of duty in VIetnam. The author is a retired firefighter who served in the Vietnam War.

—Marc Leepson

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