Start reading The Reach of the Banyan Tree on the free Kindle Reading App or on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here.
Read for Free
with Kindle Unlimited

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Enter a promotion code
or gift card

Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

The Reach of the Banyan Tree [Kindle Edition]

Mark W Sasse
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

Print List Price: $12.50
Kindle Price: $2.99
You Save: $9.51 (76%)
Kindle Unlimited Read this title for free and get unlimited access to over 700,000 titles. Learn More

If you buy a new print edition of this book (or purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle edition for only $0.99 (Save 67%). Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. Learn more.


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition $2.99  
Paperback $10.38  
Hero Quick Promo
Today Only: Up to 80% Off Popular Summer Reads on Kindle
Today only, get books by Jhumpa Lahiri, Brad Meltzer, Amy Tan, Jane Green, and more at up to 80% off. Learn more

Book Description

Chip Carson intended to marry a young Vietnamese woman until a tragic accident lands him in prison, forever altering the outlook of their relationship. As he struggles to cope with his strained love, a mysterious stranger appears bearing a journal about Chip’s grandfather who parachuted into French Indochina at the end of World War II. As the words in the journal reveal a life that Chip never knew, he begins to understand the depth of love and sacrifice needed in order to have a second chance at love.

Part historical fiction, part contemporary love story, The Reach of the Banyan Tree is an adventure spanning two eras. It explores the effects of war, love, culture, and family obligation in twentieth century Vietnam through the eyes of three generations of American men, who each lost their soul in the tangled reaches of the banyan tree.

Editorial Reviews


"Stunningly written and deeply moving ... I can't say enough about this book ... I absolutely recommend this to all readers ..." - The Kindle Book Review                                                                                   
"5 stars. I am fast becoming a huge fan of talented author Mark W Sasse." - inspirational author Dolores Ayotte

Product Details

  • File Size: 2005 KB
  • Print Length: 301 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Mark W Sasse (June 29, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LE5MNP0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #533,241 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
4.8 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating Historical Romance... July 10, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The Reach of the Banyan Tree by Author Mark W. Sasse

I am fast becoming a huge fan of talented Author Mark W. Sasse. "The Reach of the Banyan Tree" is the third fictional novel that I've read by him and I have thoroughly enjoyed all three. I can certainly see his love and fascination for Vietnam because as in Beauty Rising the setting for this novel takes place there as well. As usual the description of the landscape and surroundings are phenomenal and easy to picture in one's own mind.

The protagonist is Charles Regal Carson III, better known as Chip to his friends. His father is the owner of the Carson Oil Company in Texas which Chip wants no part of, therefore, he decides to work in Thai Nguyen, northern Vietnam for a more noble cause. While there, he meets the love of his life, Thuy. After two years of getting to know each other and eventually falling in love, Chip asks Thuy to marry him. She is more than willing but not without the approval/consent of her father whom she knows will not look favorably upon this union. He fought against the Americans during the Vietnam War and feels this marriage would bring nothing but grief to his little family. Thuy is very loyal to her family with only one younger brother by the name of Quat who is very taken with Chip. He sees him as his big American brother and has every desire to be just like him. His love and admiration for Chip is returned by Chip as he takes Quat under his wing and treats him much the same. After a celebration for Thuy's twenty second birthday when much revelry and rice wine are enjoyed, most of the celebrants jump on their motorcycles and head home regardless of their drunken state.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Unforgettable Love Story December 3, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
*A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review, which follows.

I was instantly transported back into time to August 1945, French Indochina, where Charles Regal Carson, an American soldier with the OSS Deer Team, was tasked to assist Ho Chi Minh and General Vo Nguyen to fight against the Imperialist Japanese in World War II. What ensues is a hauntingly lovely contemporary romance filled with suspense and intrigue that brought me to tears, as I lived through the lives of Charles (Cha Le), Mai, Long, Thuy, and Charles III.

From there, Charles’ (Cha Le’s) story unfolds through the chaotic life of his grandson, Charles Regal Carson III, (Chip) who in the year 2000 left the family oil business to pursue his own ventures in Vietnam. Surrounded by the natural beauty of Vietnam, Chip falls in love with a young woman named Thuy. Their love leads them on a journey of discovery though cultural differences, language barriers, and age old traditions that lead them to face some ultimate truths in their own lives.

This romance spans fifty years through three generations of American men whose lives are interwoven through the women they love, their courage to face reality, and the lifetime friendships they forged. I loved the richness of the characters and the rites of passage into adult-hood that each endured.

The banyan tree plays an integral part in this story. To me the banyan tree represented the hearts of the people of Vietnam. The tree celebrates life by leading you through the lives of Chip, his father, and his grandfather representing the reach of family ties through the generations. I also gained a new insight into the ancient culture of Vietnam where family loyalty at all costs is still represented in modern society.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reaching For Love August 16, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Mark W. Sasse is one of my favorite Authors, and his new book `The Reach of the Banyan Tree' is a stunningly written and deeply moving story. It takes place in Vietnam, where he lived for ten years, and his writing reflects his passion and respect for the country and its people. He weaves his extensive knowledge of Vietnam and the splendor of the countryside into his writing, as he did in `Beauty Rising;' and with such vivid narratives, I could see the story unfolding in my mind. I love the compassion and complexity he puts into his writing. He has the ability to weave together a complex story filled with emotion and beauty, as well as hardship and turmoil.

Chip has moved to Thai Nguyen, Vietnam to get away from everyone, especially his father. In Vietnam he meets Thuy, who he will eventually ask to marry him. She agrees but must have the approval of her father. Initially, old family traditions and past emotions get in the way until Chip reveals that his father is the owner of the Carson Oil Company in Texas, and knowing that Chip has money, her father agrees. When all seems to be going well, a tragic accident happens that will threaten their love and Thuy's loyalty to her family.

The characters in this book are so finely tuned and complex that they make the story come alive, making this book hard to put down. I was drawn into their lives by their interactions and compelling emotions. Their lives are intertwined in a way you won't see coming, and it will leave you wanting more.

I just can't say enough about this book, the writing is so amazing and it will draw you into the story in an emotional way.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I received this book for free in exchange for an ...
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review!

This is an extremely well written and well realized book. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Christina Escamilla
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping love story
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It kept me in suspense till the very end. It would make a good movie. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stuart F. Stowers
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
Mark Sasse never disappoints. He writes with heart and soul and sucks you right into his characters' world...wherever and whenever it is. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Beeshon
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-Read Historical Fiction
Historical fiction is my favorite genre, and Mark Sasse has joined my list of must-read authors in the genre. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Eileen Granfors
4.0 out of 5 stars My review
Great vivid descriptions. Romance. Complex characters. At times this book was hard to follow and at other times I got so involved in the character's lives I couldn't put the book... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kay Lalone
5.0 out of 5 stars Literary Romance, Historic Adventure!
Based on actual events in 1945, Mark Sasse has created one of the most lovely love stories I've ever read. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Blend of Narrative and Historical Account
The Reach of the Banyan Tree really is historical fiction at its best. The novel contains everything one could ask for: actual historical and cultural accounts blended with the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Justine
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read about Vietnam History
Anyone looking for an exciting read that explores Vietnam history will find this a book that is hard to put down. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Richie Morrison
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Book by a Gifted Author
Charlene's Review:

Chip Carson, eager to escape his controlling father, moves to Vietnam . Once there, he meets Thuy, a Vietnamese girl, and they fall in love. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Literary R&R
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart wrenching and moving
I just finished reading The Reach of the Banyan Tree and it was a deeply written novel. It was heart wrenching and moving. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Dealsharingaunt
Search Customer Reviews

More About the Author

Mark is a proud Western PA native but has lived most of the last twenty years in Vietnam and Malaysia. His experiences in Asia have redefined everything including his palate, his outlook on life, and naturally his writing. You can find him most days cruising around Penang Island, eating the local delicacies and taking in the sun and exotic breezes as he looks for interesting places to write.

He has authored four novels with number five and six already somewhere on the horizon. His interests cast a wide net - from politics to literature - to culture and language - to history and religion - making his writing infused with the unexpected as he seeks to tell authentic and engaging stories about people from all walks of life. His writing is straightforward and accessible to all, especially those who enjoy writing injected with doses of Asian culture, history, adventure, and delightful humor. You never know what you might get when you pick up a Sasse novel.

Besides novel-writing, Sasse is a prolific dramatist, having written and produced more than a dozen full-length dramatic productions. He especially is fond of the short play format and has twice won the Best Script award at the Short & Sweet Theatre Festival Penang. His plays and short musicals have also been produced in Kuala Lumpur and Sydney, Australia. Performances of his scripts also won Gold and Bronze medals at the Southeast Asian Forensics Competition 2014.

His professional background is as diverse as his writing. He holds Master's degrees from California State University Dominquez Hills and Azusa Pacific University in Humanities and TESOL respectively. His undergraduate degree was in English, which helped him develop his passion for creative writing. He has extensive experience in teaching English, history, and drama.

On top of all of this, he loves to cook everything from gourmet pizzas, to Mexican, to various Asian dishes. Flavor is the key of both his cooking and his writing. He very much hopes you enjoy the taste.

Published Novels and Short Stories of Mark W. Sasse
2015 A Love Story for a Nation (coming in July) - Kindle & Paperback
2014 If Love is a Crime: A Christmas Story - Kindle only
2014 The Reach of the Banyan Tree - Kindle & Paperback
2013 The Recluse Storyteller - Kindle & Paperback
2012 Beauty Rising - Kindle & Paperback

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Look for Similar Items by Category