Chita Quest by Brinn Colenda

May 12, 2014

The publisher tells us that Chita Quest (Southern Yellow Pine Publishing, 288 pp., $14.95, paper) is a novel about “one man’s search for his POW/MIA father.”  Actually, two sons have serious involvement in this search for…

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Jaspar’s War by Cym Lowell

April 16, 2014

Cym Lowell joined the U.S. Navy at eighteen and served two years in the Vietnam War. He then went to college and law school. Jaspar’s War (Rosemary Black Press, 352 pp., $12.99, paper) is his first…

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Rogue Warrior: Curse of the Infidel by Richard Marcinko and Jim DeFelice

February 13, 2014

“Richard Marcinko is a living, breathing hero, ” we are told in the author’s note in Rogue Warrior: Curse of the Infidel  (Forge, 368 pp., $26.99) by Marcinko and Jim DeFelice. Marcinko served in Vietnam and…

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The Tenth Circle: A Blaine McCracken Book by Jon Land

December 12, 2013

Fans of Jon Land's Blaine McCracken thrillers are in luck because there is a new one in this long series, The Tenth Circle (Open Road, 536 pp., $16.99, paper). There must be at least a…

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Assignment in Samarra by Frank M. Smart

November 16, 2013

Frank M. Smart was drafted into the Army in 1964 and served on active duty for seven years. He arrived in Dong Ha in May of 1968, and was assigned to the First Cavalry Division's…

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Some of the Best by Thomas Calabrese

October 31, 2013

Amazon  tells us that Thomas Calabrese's Some of the Best (Amazon Digital Services, 220 pp., $2.99, Kindle) is an “action adventure story set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War.” That is true as far as it…

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The Return by Michael Gruber

October 14, 2013

Michael Gruber has a PhD in marine sciences, lives in Seattle, and has a long list of publications, both novels and nonfiction. He served as a medic in the U.S. Army in 1968-69 I spotted…

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Light of the World by James Lee Burke

October 9, 2013

I've lost track of how many of James Lee Burke's entertaining and literarily satisfying Dave Robicheaux detective thrillers I've read since 1993 when I was blown away by the sixth book in the series,  In…

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Mr. Carter’s Sword by Ken Webb

September 30, 2013

I found Ken Webb's  Mr. Carter’s Sword  (Amazon Digital Services, 262 pp., $3.00, e book), a post-Vietnam War caper novel, entertaining. It caught my attention right at the beginning with references to two of my biggest…

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Pirate Alley by Stephen Coonts

May 16, 2013

Stephen Coonts burst on the techno-thriller scene in 1986 with Flight of the Intruder, a Vietnam War fly boy tale starring Jack Grafton, a young Navy A-6 (Intruder) pilot. Coonts---not surprisingly---flew A-6's off the USS…

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