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Goodbye Junie Moon [Kindle Edition]

June Collins
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Book Description

Goodbye Junie Moon is a memoir written by June Collins, co-author of The Khaki Mafia.

A curvaceous Australian dancer entertains the troops in Vietnam. She uncovers a get rich quick scheme involving the sergeants running the American Army clubs. Discovering that she has reported them to the CID, they place a high price on her head. She learns they are watching the only airport out, preventing her escape. Then fate steps in, triggering an unexpected turn of events. Goodbye Junie Moon is a memoir which reads like fiction and is guaranteed to keep you turning the page. This true story is verified by numerous newspaper and magazine articles.

Racy, action-filled, heart stopping, poignant; it is all of these!

WARNING! The prolog is steamy. The remainder of book is not. However, if sex or four letter words offend you, choose another book. This story is set in a war situation and reflects the emotions and language of real life in that situation.


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  • File Size: 6967 KB
  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: June Collins; 1 edition (January 8, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008B265ZI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #471,550 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild and Riveting! January 8, 2013
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June Collins takes the reader into a world many of us have never heard about: Corruption in the Army clubs and entertainment system during the Vietnam War, so vast, it boggles the mind. From a fascinating yet humble upbringing in small towns and rural Australia, we get to know the author from her early girlhood dreams and personal tragedy, to her life as a struggling sheep rancher, dance club entertainer and eventually a dancer in strip shows. She rejects the later and sets out on a fateful adventure to 1960's Vietnam as a booking agent for foreign bands that are there to entertain the troops.

As a Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam, I was unaware of the level of corruption and "kick backs" which the author exposes in this fine book. We didn't have access to most of the entertainment and clubs that this story involves. Artfully and intelligently written; "Goodbye Junie Moon" keeps the reader interested with a format that sling-shots back and forth between her earlier upbringing and her 3 years working in Vietnam. Get ready for a wild ride - June Collins bares it all in her honest account of corruption, intrigue, danger and adventure in a world most have not heard about before. This is an illuminating book!

Robert Peter Thompson
Author of: "Everything Happened In Vietnam: The Year of the Rat"
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hello Junie Moon August 7, 2012
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I loved this book. It made me laugh, it made me cry, but most of all it made me feel I was there. June had a life one usually only reads about in fiction, but this is not fiction. Her story before going to Vietnam was happy, sad, conservative, promiscuous, affluent, poverty stricken, a life of contrasts, a life that was a novel on its own. Then as a dancer in Philippines, Japan, Korea and Vietnam she grew in strength, giving us her readers a true picture of life and war. She is not only a heroine as a whistle blower, but a heroine and a mentor for anyone worried about stepping out of their own comfort zones. Hello June and congratulations.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The truth (for a change) June 30, 2012
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There are plenty of books out there about the war in Vietnam, but few tell the story like this one. This is a memoir written by someone who was there, not as a soldier, but as an entertainer. June Collins is not afraid to show the seamier side of some of the people who were there to profit from the war, and to use anyone they had to to do so. This would seem like an unbelieveable tale, if it had not been documented by news stories and other sources. I for one am pleased to have read something that tells it like it was.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Memoir of a Whistle Blower! November 16, 2012
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This is the memoir of a whistle-blower. I always admire people who can do this; take risks because they believe in what they are doing, exposing something they feel is just not right. This book is the story of one such whistle-blower, who exposed corruption during the Vietnam war. The war wasn't bad enough for this country; we lost 50,000 young men, yet some didn't want the war to ever end because it was, in effect, a cash cow. A certain group made lots of money by organizing and demanding kickbacks for anyone who was part of the effort to provide badly-needed entertainment to the soldiers. It ended with a Senate investigation in which June played a major part in exposing the corruption.

The book starts with a sex scene, which might be a good hook for some readers and not others. I thought it was risky to do that. Actually, it is the most graphic sex scene in the book. As such, I thought perhaps readers would be thinking they were getting one sort or a reading experience while it turned out not to be the case. But it sets up the story of June's plot to expose the corruption, and to do that, she uses her body to get close to one of the perpetrators. Turns out this particular guy isn't the worst offender, but he is an offender. June comes to care for this man, but still, she has a job to do.

The chapters go back and forth, starting with June's journey from Vietnam to Washington, and then back to her childhood. It was a bit like two stories, one chapter from childhood/growing up, then one from June's adult life, her experiences after leaving Australia to her dancing career in the Philippines, Manila, and throughout Asia and finally Viet Nam. I thought that was an interesting structure, rather than the strictly chronological.

It is an honest portrayal of her life.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible story! September 6, 2012
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An incredible story by an incredible woman! The author, June Collins, draws the reader into her fascinating world, seamlessly transferring between alternative chapters of growing up in Australia in the 50s and leading up to working as an entertainer for the troops in the Vietnam War. Her childhood, though fascinating in itself, is relevant to satisfy the curiosity of how June ended up where she did. I was awed at her bravery and empathy as she preferred to support the men in the thick of battle rather than sitting on the sidelines. June provides an authentic insider view into the Vietnam war from a different perspective which taught me more than any historical account. For that alone, the book is worth the read. However, there is so much more to be gained. This is a personal story, and June does not hold back, being extremely honest about her connections with married men as well as her occasional stripping. She does not judge anyone and accepted the war and all its horrors at face value, and as a reader, I held the same respect for her. Being a whistleblower and uncovering the corruption is just the cherry on top. This book is educational, entertaining, fascinating, heartfelt and the story is well crafted. Read it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Junie Moon
This story took place over in the area that I was stationed at in my wonderful stay in the sunny orient. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Junie really has a steel backbone!
I am amazed at the strength Junie showed, over and over, each time she met with adversity. Going to a foreign country to get over her past and the sad events in her marriage took a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sandra G.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not among my faves
Despite reading this book from cover to cover, I never really got to understand Junie, a sign that the author's recounting of her life was a bit disjointed, perhaps she never... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Estrella
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Absolutely terrible and obviously never edited by anyone. Glad it was free.
Published 1 month ago by San Diego Paula
5.0 out of 5 stars eye opener
truly eye opening and well written memoir of her experiences as a club manager in Viet Nam intermixed with life growing up in Australia with a blended family. Very quick read.
Published 1 month ago by Marylou Hansen
5.0 out of 5 stars An awe-inspiring larger than life memoir.
I've just finished this book, and am sad it's over. The experiences the author lived through are amazing enough, but the way she is able to bring them to life, make them real for... Read more
Published 2 months ago by bambi flanner
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique perspective of civilian life in war time Vietnam.
A former stripper during business woman in South East Asia before and during the Vietnam War. She ran several night clubs, on and off military bases in Vietnam. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mickey M. Kolodny
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this informative and entertaining book.
This book was a four star one. I was most interested in reading about Vietnam from a civilian point of view.
Published 3 months ago by Regina Thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book
Good book! Definitely keeps your attention and gives an interesting insight to the Vietnam War and June's experiences in that area of the world.
Published 4 months ago by K. Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I found this book to be very interesting and a different perspective on the war. Holds the readers attention and makes a person want to read her other book.
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June Collins made international news headlines in 1969 when she became a whistle-blower and testified before a U.S. Senate Committee. An ex exotic-dancer / rock-band agent, she pointed the finger at a group of corrupt American Army sergeants who managed the military clubs and made millions during the Vietnam war by demanding kickbacks from all booking agents and sales people. Hated by some, she was called a heroine by many and became part of the history of the Vietnam War. The Khaki Mafia, a slightly fictionalized account of the events became one of the best selling books on Vietnam. It was co-authored with Robin Moore (author The French Connection.)
The Khaki Mafia was only the first of June's books about the Vietnam war. She has since written two true stories; Goodbye Junie Moon and a sequel,Junie Moon Rising.


During her many years living in Asia, June had become appalled by the plight of the abandoned street children. She later adopted six children, ranging in age from 3 to 13, from India, Korea, Columbia and the USA.



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