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The Return: A Novel of Vietnam Kindle Edition

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Length: 312 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 870 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Deadly Niche Press (February 28, 2001)
  • Publication Date: February 28, 2001
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003PJ7BVY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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I am a fulltime freelance writer/journalist/photographer with over 50 books published in many genres, including historical, military, Science fiction, thriller novels, even a romance. I consider myself an adventure writer. I have traveled the world having adventures--such as dogsledding in the Arctic; solo kayaking the Inside Passage; solo-canoeing the Yukon; solo-sailing the Caribbean; diving for pirate treasure. . . I've been a combat correspondent, professional rodeo clown and bronc rider, pro kickboxer, archaeologist, college instructor. . . I was a police homicide detective and am a veteran of U.S. Army Special Forces (the Green Berets).

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Virtual Pulp on November 15, 2011
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I've read a couple of Sasser's autobiographical works, as well as 100th Kill--his other Vietnam novel. While I appreciate his perspective (he's a vet of the Special Forces Reserves, an author and a rancher, among other things), I've always found his writing to be competent, but not stellar. By his own admission he is not the most talented writer...but he is hard-working at his craft (if any of you remember the paramilitary magazines of the '80s competing with Soldier Of Fortune, he wrote many articles for them). So I wasn't quite prepared for the caliber of this novel.

The Return is one fine work of fiction--probably Sasser's best, though I haven't read all his books to state that emperically.

The narrator is Jack Kazmarek, a widower with miriad health problems on top of his PTSD. For many years he has been neighbors with another Vietnam vet, Pete Brauer. Both of them were mustang officers--having taken their lumps as enlisted men prior to being commissioned. Kazmarek was a platoon leader in the 9th Infantry, while Brauer had been a Navy SEAL. Although both of them spent a tour in the same AO during the same time, they never met until retiring in the same Florida trailer park decades later.

The story opens on the loss of Kazmarek's closest friend. Pete dies alone in his trailer, clutching a photo of a beautiful French-Vietnamese woman. Jack has noticed the portrait in his friend's house over the years (even finding her face familiar), but Pete rarely talked about it. His only mention of the woman in the image was cryptic: "May God forgive me."

Jack is almost as intrigued as I was. Eventually he begins investigating, to find out who the woman was and where she might be now.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. Capo on April 3, 2012
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I finished reading "The Return: A Novel of Vietnam" several days ago and in the interim have finished two other shorter books but the characters and the story of this one stay in my mind.

I had no problem getting into the narrative within the first couple chapters but then it bogged down for me in the military details of the past -- my problem, not the author's. That only lasted for a few chapters in which I skimmed through parts that I couldn't or didn't care to understand. After those parts I couldn't put the book down and resisted the urge to click to the last chapter to see the ending. I stayed up reading far into the night then most of the next morning to finish the story.

The character development and the location descriptions put me right there as the author alternated between the past and the present with the story being told in flashbacks. At several points I felt myself tearing up over the death of one of the characters that I felt I had come to know. I was very happy to see some of the characters from the past making it to the present and helping to bring the story to conclusion. Although this is a work of fiction, the names of places and battles are real and will be familiar to anyone who has lived through the Vietnam era.

I haven't read any of this author's other books but will definitely look for them. Aside from some editing problems mentioned by other readers which were not terribly distracting for me, I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a hard-to-put down story.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Phil Truman on September 19, 2011
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Compelling, brutal, poignant, redemptive, combative, excruciating, embracing are some of the adjectives that come to mind after reading The Return, a novel dealing with one man's trip back to Vietnam to face the horrors of his past, taking with him not only his own ghosts of war, but finding those of his enemies as well. I've read a lot of Charles W. Sasser's work, fiction and non, but this is one of his best. All old vets, especially those from the Vietnam Era, will experience a riveting connection with this historical novel. As always, Sasser's writing is superlative. I highly recommend this book.

Phil Truman, author of LEGENDS OF TSALAGEE and GAME.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 3, 2012
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This is the first novel I have read by this author and I must say that were it not for some inexcusable proofing and editing errors, throughout, it would clearly be a 5 star read.

With its believable and well fleshed-out characters, realistic writing style and plausible, well thought-out storyline, it is a winner from the first page. The author puts you right into the story and keeps you there, through thick and thin, making for a remarkable, emotional and heartfelt read.

I really enjoyed this offering and look forward to reading more of this author's works in the future.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mauijon akawarhistorynut on March 6, 2012
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This book needs a good editor to go through it, and the author should do some re-formatting. Typos and missed tenses, plus some completely indented paragraphs detract from the story.

That said, The Return is well written, with a storyline that carries the reader ever forward. Soldiers, SEALs, their enemies and friends, are people you care about. Sasser is a very good writer with this, his latest book. I have read well over a hundred books on the Vietnam War, both fiction and non-fiction, and to my view, The Return ranks among the top ten. Maybe the top five. I was surprised just how good the book is.

I recommend it highly. Even more if the author does some editing and gives us a second edition. Even with the flaws, I feel it deserves five stars. It's that good.
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