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It's November 1986 (almost 11 years to the day Since I left the 6903rd and the Air force myself). There's big trouble in Skivvy Nine land. Among other things (and without giving away too much of the plot): there are Chinese moles working in the 6903rd; there's a spy ring among the bar girls downtown; and there's been a major intelligence failure resulting in the 6903rd commander being relieved of duty. IOW, Skivvy Nine is in deep kimchi. By the end of the novel Hill 170 is in flames and dead and dying Skivvy Niners are scattered all over it.
All this has our hero, Sgt. Bryce Dodge, ace Chinese linguist and hap ki do black belt, chasing Chinese spies down the mean streets of Songtan. This is an action novel and there's plenty of it. The action scenes are well written and there's a little sex as well.
I have a few criticisms. The plot is not totally believable. Character development is a little weak. What really makes Bryce tick? What was he like before Skivvy Nine? He has a love interest with another Chinese linguist, Lin, which is hardly explained. Bryce works in a van outside the main ops building (I would bet it's the same van I remember from the mid-70s) and we learn a little about what goes on in there. However, anyone reading the novel would be a little mystified about the purpose of the main ops building. Finally, as someone who's been there, I'm just not getting the "feeling" of what it's like to be there, either on The Hill itself or in Songtan.
All in all, however, it's well worth the $2.99 yoiu'd pay for the Kindle edition on Amazon. It's less than the price of a Big Mac and not nearly as fattening
Army at K-6 back in the late 50's I know where he is talking about. While the story line is good I had a hard time figuring out if Sergeant Williams was a good guy or not until the end of the book.
Good twist, and turns.
Look forward to the next book.
While reading this, I wonder if this story is from a real scenario that the author experienced in his military career.
One down side is that there are a lot of things that need to be explained in a certain way so that people outside of the world spoken about in the book can understand what is going on. I really felt lost at some points. There were a lot of things that I just really didn't understand what was going on. I thought there were several points that could have been shown rather than told. It's a hard line to walk between not dumbing things down too much and making sure that your readers can follow everything.
This book was also outside of the normal genres that I usually read which admittedly could have also affected to what I did or did not follow.
Bottom line: This book would probably be a good book for those who like military thrillers.
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