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Jake Fonko M.I.A. [Kindle Edition]

B. Hesse Pflingger
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BOX SET:Get Books 1, 2 & 3 for just $7.99 - amazon.com/dp/B00IEO0ST2/

Meet Jake Fonko, America's coolest covert agent.

An ex-surfer and decorated Ranger working in Army Intelligence, Jake Fonko is dispatched to Saigon during the final days of the Vietnam War, temporarily on loan to the CIA. Jake figures that he'll ride a desk, relax in Saigon and collect a paycheck - but the CIA has other plans.

The agency mysteriously ships him off to Cambodia on a top-secret mission to make contact with an agency asset who's been out of the loop for two years. The trail has gone cold, and Jake begins to wonder why the CIA chose him, a soldier with little espionage expertise.

But before he can find the answer, the Khmer Rouge take over Cambodia and Jake quickly finds himself fighting for his life in unfriendly territory. With no allies, no backup and no hope of evacuation, Jake must rely on his ingenuity and wits if he hopes to keep breathing.

Will he find out why the CIA sent him on this mission? Can he survive the killing fields long enough to track down the target? And will he make it out of chaotic and corrupt Cambodia alive to tell his tale?

Blending a dash of Flashman's history, a helping of Travis McGee's lifestyle and a hint of James Bond's suave cool, Jake Fonko M.I.A. is an adventure you won't believe, except...what if it's all true?



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From the Author

The Jake Fonko books are standalone adventures that can be enjoyed in any order.

But for those who would prefer to read about Jake's exploits chronologically, the series was written in the following order:

Book 1: Jake Fonko M.I.A. (Vietnam/Cambodia 1975 - Free on Kindle)
Book 2: Fonko on the Carpet (Iran 1978 - 1979)
Book 3: Fonko's Errand Go Boom (Northern Ireland 1982)
Book 4: Fonko in the Sun (Grand Cayman/Grenada 1983)

And you can save $2 when you buy Books 1, 2 & 3 together: amazon.com/dp/B00IEO0ST2/

About the Author

B. Hesse Pflingger is an obscure professor of contemporary history, so obscure that he doesn't even show up in a Google search. This is primarily because during his 17 years on the job he's never published anything. However, with his discovery of Jake Fonko as a source of the inside stories of the major events of our time, he is confident that his compilation and recounting of Mr. Fonko's exploits will result in the professional recognition and tenured position that have eluded him until now.

To read an exclusive collection of Jake Fonko short fiction - and get a heads up when the next Fonko adventure is released - sign up for the free newsletter at watchfirepress.com/fonko.

Product Details

  • File Size: 417 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Tinderboxed Press; 1st edition (March 5, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BN4WKXC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,340 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Believable protagonist in a well written story June 7, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I was surprised at how authentic Fonko came across from beginning to end in this very exciting story. The author has picked a unique time in history and a setting that few have experienced. Although much has been portrayed about Saigon during those war years, so little has been said about Cambodia and specifically Phnom Penh. Having lived in that part of the world, I can say there is a great deal of authenticity in the descriptions and in the people in the story. And, what a story! The author writes with a style that reminds me of Hemingway, a certain beauty and a punch, efficient yet mesmerizing, memorable images. Fonko’s story captures a place and a point in history that is both riveting and disturbing. The stupidity, the corruption, ingenuity and horror are all there as they are in any war setting. Along with the absurd contradictions, survival stories and sheer luck that makes heroes and evildoers. This is one of those rare books I could not put down. Hollywood should love to get this on the big screen and tell this tale and bring this time in history back to life, as tragic as it was but so much a part of the world in the mid-1970s. Not your usual spy story and a worthwhile read. Looking forward to more from this writer.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A New Sort of Hero March 3, 2013
By Charles
Format:Kindle Edition
Review: Fonko M.I.A. by B. Hesse Pflingger (Tinderboxed Press)
If you've ever wondered what it was like to be the last American in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, in 1975 with the Khmer Rouge already ruling the streets and no way out, Professor B. Hesse Pflingger's "Jake Fonko M.I.A." will give you a very good idea.
His hero, Jake Fonko, ex-surfer, college dropout, decorated US Army jungle fighter currently on loan to the CIA, is in Phnom Penh posing as an expert on rice, about which he knows zip, on an assignment about which he knows even less. His money is running out, his CIA boss is permanently out to lunch. Everywhere he inquires about a rogue chopper pilot nicknamed Dragonfly, he gets nothing but blank looks and evasive answers. If the situation were a bit brighter, it would look black.
Inevitably, Jake is captured. He finds himself being interrogated/tortured on behalf of the Khmer Rouge leadership, who are quicker to chop off heads than Lewis Carroll's Queen of Hearts.
But just when the situation looks hopeless, Jake discovers that his interrogator wants to get out of the hands of the Khmer Rouge as much as he does. Together, they set off on a wild adventure.
Aside from his meticulous research on the Vietnam war, Pflingger confronts Jake with a whacky cast of friends and adversaries who keep him hopping.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Just an ordinary guy, not James Bond"- claims Fonko March 29, 2013
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Considering Fonko is an Army Ranger, Expert in Field Ops,and decorated for gallantry in combat, he proves he is a modest hero in this fascinating tale of his adventures in SE Asia during the fall of Vietnam and Cambodia. As Cambodia falls to the Kymer Rouge while Fonko is there on a CIA mission, he convincingly becomes an "Albanian rice expert" in order to make his escape; Acting is just another of his many talents. A lot is happening during the US misadventures in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos and Fonko is in the middle of the action. His story provides details and back story about what was really going on during the Vietnam War and was credibly written by someone who definitely has knowledge of the history and the area. This book is a non-stop fun read about a likeable hero and would be interesting to anyone who was there or who is interested in that period of history. I am looking forward to more adventures of Jake Fonko, who seems a natural for the big screen.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real page-turner March 1, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a very good read. It puts you into the final (rather ugly) stages of the Vietnam War, with its spillover into Cambodia. The author appears to write very knowledgeably about the military, CIA operations, the chaos of operations in southeast Asia at that time -- but with touches of fantasy. It's interesting to try to figure what's factual, what's fantasy, and how the protagonist, Jake Fonko, is going to get out of some tough situations. Well-written, very enjoyable. I hope this is only a start of further adventures for Jake.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adventure in South East Asia April 5, 2013
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I really enjoyed this tale of adventure set in the last year of America's wars in South East Asia. The main character is sent on a very vague assignment, and finds himself in a house of mirrors situation where no one is really who they say they are. The steamy, sleazy atmosphere of corruption and collapsing governments, and the rise of the Khymer Rouge, is the setting for ingenious escapes from some very bad characters. A good yarn set in a place many Americans remember all too well.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprised me April 4, 2013
By bdarner
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm not much for spoofs, and that's the category the title and the authors name hinted at. But I liked it! It reads well and is plotted well. There were moments of humor, but not to the level of a spoof. So I'm not in agreement with that description.

Enjoy, it's a good read. And check for the next book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Book March 2, 2013
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Jake Fonko MIA is an accidental adventure story. The setting is the fall of Saigon in 1975, which brings back the troubles of those times. It is easy to envision getting in great difficulty there. Jake is not always exactly sure what's happening, and how he gets out of his scrapes really keeps you reading. His resourcefulness helps to show how there is a humorous side to even the most serious situations.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing true story
I don't read much nonfiction and didn't realize at first that this book was a true story. By then I was hooked. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Dorothy A. Boyd
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
okay
Published 11 days ago by loecc
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed the read
Entertaining and historical. Presents a good picture of US activities in the later stages of the Vietnam war. A good start.
Published 12 days ago by S. Livingston
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
It started out a little slow, but became very interesting. I liked Jake's character and his way of thinking. Anyone who likes Vietnam era history would enjoy this book.
Published 17 days ago by Rob McEnroe
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting and enlightening view of war behind the scenes.
A very "could be" view of the way things might have been for soldiers, special ops guys, and CIA agents left behind after the U.S. made it's strategic withdrawal from Saigon. Read more
Published 28 days ago by 19don36
5.0 out of 5 stars Fiction or history?
A great read that makes you think about the headlines in the late 60's and 70's. You know that some of the story is true and now it makes you think about the rest. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John C. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Reads like a true story. I had friends in Viet Nam and remembered the...
I am old enough to remember Viet Nam and the "Conflict" there. It was an interesting story and read as true because of the names of the places Jake was travelling in. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sherry Wolf
4.0 out of 5 stars Realistic and enjoyable
Unusual and informative. I learned more about Cambodia history, people and geography than I expected. The focus on the CIA is a bit overstated. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dennis F. Popper
5.0 out of 5 stars great
A good read, you must try
Published 1 month ago by Victor
4.0 out of 5 stars different
unusual, funny, probably lots of truth about the CIA. I really liked both main characters. I will most likely read the next Jake Fonko book.
Published 1 month ago by Mark Zindell
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