I was transported into this complex, epic tale from the brutal,violent war zones and POW camp, to Julia/Janet's sexy and dangerous 'activities'
I read a lot of action and thriller books, so this is a genre I'm familiar with. I'd never read anything from Marc Liebman, but the premise seemed intriguing and I'm always on the lookout for fresh new talent, so I was curious to see how he would deliver in this one "Forgotten". Mr. Liebman is unarguably a very talented and creative writer, but more than that he genuinely impressed me with his thorough world-building and interesting characters and inventiveness on many levels. Great detailing gives this story authenticity on many levels. We genuinely feel transported into this complex, epic tale from the brutal, violent war zones and POW camp, to Julia/Janet's sexy and dangerous 'activities'. And speaking of sex there is plenty here and it is very hot! All too often I read works that feel clearly derivative of other books (especiallyin erotica), and although I appreciate literary influences (as is felt here as well), when something this original comes along it is a refreshing change of pace from the norm! It wasn't predictable or cliché, and sometimes it was cutthroat and harsh, and other times I was nearly breathless from the intensity and violent passion. Other times I was chuckling aloud at the witty banter. For such a long book I finished it in less than a week, and went through so many highs and lows, it felt like a rollercoaster. I enjoyed the ending and was actually hoping that this might be the beginning of a series but this appearsto stand alone novel. Wraps up well and the glossary at the end is handy too. Actually feel like I learned something! I recommend it for adults only as ithas graphic language, violence and sex scenes, but they work well with thestoryline and do not feel gratuitous. (5 stars) Leo Gregory
From the Author
Forgotten is my tribute to those who endured captivity as a POW...
The idea for Forgotten began with one of the botched rescues in Cherubs 2. A pilot - Randy Pulaski - is left behind by an aircraft commander who turns out to be a coward. Ratherthan have just one POW, there are ultimately six, all of who wind up prisoners of a South Vietnamese army officer by the name of Pham. He turns traitor and gets a commission in the North Vietnamese Army. He is also in his family business of turning raw opium into heroin. Now operating in remote western North Vietnam, the POWs are his laborers who process the opium. Pham's long-term goal is ransom the American's back to the CIA for millions To make the story more interesting, I made the wife of the captured pilot an anti-war activist and a member of the Students for a Democratic Society's Action Wing. They were known for their fire bombing of armed forces recruiting centers as well as attacks on fuel depots and other acts of terrorism. Then, to make her even more memorable, I turned Janet Pulaski into Cuban trained assassin who ultimately goes freelance. All this unfolds when, after nine years in captivity after the war ends, the POWs are rescued only to find outthat there are people who didn't want them alive. WhileI am not a conspiracy theorist, like many Americans, I believe that we did notget a full accounting of the POWs captured by the communists whether they were in Laos, Cambodia or North Vietnam. Too many were known to be captured but never turned up at the end of the war. Some, the Vietnamese admitted were killed by their own citizens or during interrogation. During thewar, the North Vietnamese never provided an accurate list of the men who were being held. Others may have parachuted into the jungle and either were severely injured or starvedto death or could have been killed by snakes or other predators. InLaos, American pilots if captured by the Pathet Lao, were summarily executed. In Cambodia, it was a crapshoot as to what would happen to an American pilot if shot down and captured. So Forgotten is my tribute to the American pilots who were shot down and didn't come home and those who were captured and were fortunate enough to come back to their loved ones.