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A Time of War Paperback – January 24, 1991


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Mandarin; New edition edition (January 24, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749307471
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749307479
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.6 x 4.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,202,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This Vietnam war story involves secret negotiations for peace, CIA operatives against a French spy and soldiers' struggle to survive while obeying nonsensical commanding officers. "Peterson adroitly evokes embassy intrigue and his battle scenes are immediate and compelling," said PW. "Some readers may be taken aback by the powerful, troubled current of sexuality, however."
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

"Despite a decidedly slick texture, the book succeeds on the basis of pure story, meticulous plot, and the sincere, conscientious rendition of honorable intent in both the war's supporters and detractors," said LJ's reviewer at this book's debut (LJ 1/90). This Vietnam War story draws on Peterson's own experiences as a marine. Order Stealth titles online at www.stealthpress.com.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Orrin C. Judd VINE VOICE on February 25, 2001
Format: Paperback
If you're looking for a Vietnam War novel, but you don't want to wade in too deep, this is perfect lightweight fare. Think of it as a cross between Tom Clancy and Graham Greene (see Orrin's review of The Quiet American)--with the civil servant as superhero trying to navigate a moral cesspool. Bradley Lawrence Marshall is the blue blood, war hero, diplomat who is sent to Vietnam as the personal emissary of President Johnson, to find a way out. In country, he meets with real figures like General Westmoreland, who tries to convince him everything is copacetic. But he also meets folks like: his driver, Corporal Mead, a decent though violent American lad of ambiguous sexuality, who is sick of the war; Lacouture, a flamboyant, Guy Burgess-like, Frenchman who sells information to all sides and loves Mead; and the insidious CIA station chief, Wilson Abbot Lord, who lives to fight the Communists and, fearing that Marshall will end the war, plots to kill him. And it's all set against the backdrop of the Tet Offensive.
The whole premise, of Johnson and a bureaucrat secretly planning an exit strategy, doesn't withstand much scrutiny and the stereotypes and clichés run rampant. But taken on its own terms, as a sort of politico-military potboiler with only mild pretensions of addressing issues in any serious way, it succeeds pretty well. It's certainly a more diverting read than many of the more critically acclaimed novels of the war.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Frank J. O'Connor on February 12, 2007
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While this novel is not on the level of timeless literature, it is a compelling read filled with interesting characters, a serpentine plot, and lots of sex and violence, underpinned by a sharply critical perspective on the Vietnam misadventure. As you read it, you cannot help thinking of "Iraq." Example: "This is an enemy we cannot defeat and an ally we cannot prop."

Adding to the tragic nature of this novel is the fact that its author, a Vietnam veteran, was convicted in 2003 of the murder of his wife and now serves a life sentence for the crime. A riveting documentary on the case "The Staircase" is available on dvd and is highly recommended.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David A. Spearman VINE VOICE on December 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Undoubtably the best I have read. Although stated fiction I feel it was a lot of his personal experiences. A sad time for America, all that lived through it will always remember it. History changes as time progresses but the honor pride and men of honor that stood and fought this war can never be forgotten. They did what was expected for their country and all that stood next to them in their fearless ways. God bless them all and through novels like this we can remember them in our minds and hearts.
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5 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 14, 1996
Format: Paperback
A powerful, moving (and fast-moving) drama of the Vietnam War
with well-drawn and motivated characters,a compelling historical context,
and the pace of a thriller. Much more like War & Remembrance (Wouk)
or Armageddon (Uris) than like the typical Vietnam War novel.
I highly recommend it.
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