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The Last Lost Warrior Paperback – May 12, 2017
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About the Author
Tom A Preece graduated from Raymond College, University of the Pacific in 1967. He was pursuing a Master's Degree in English Literature at U.O.P, when he was drafted in 1969. Assigned to the Infantry he postponed the inevitable on the job training in South Vietnam, by volunteering to be trained to become a Non Commissioned Officer, a so called Shake N Bake instant Sergeant. He graduated that school at Ft. Benning as a Staff Sergeant E-6 with an 11F, (Operations and Intelligence) military occupational specialty. In July of 1970 he was assigned to E Recon 1/7th Cavalry, 1st Air Cavalry Division, where he proudly served. While in school before and after his military service Mr. Preece enjoyed a number of temporary jobs, dish washing, driving a delivery truck, cab driving, radio advertising sales, even surviving briefly on poker winnings. On a lark he took the federal Civil Service exam and was offered a position with the Veterans Administration, now the Department of Veterans Affairs. For thirty years he worked there with and for his fellow veterans until his retirement in 2007. His career at VA has given him some expertise in veterans, disability, and PTSD which are all integral components of The Last Lost Warrior.
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This is a murder mystery, a war story and a love story. George Duvall is a sixtyish retired cop living in the San Francisco Bay Area in the mid 2000s and working as a private investigator. As a Bay Area native, I really enjoyed seeing the Bay Area through George's eyes.
George's best friend since Vietnam and his lone PI operative, Tuco Ruis, has gone missing after running afoul of a violent local gangster. As George tries to track Tuco down, he finds himself continually returning to the events of one night in Vietnam where a murder may, or may not, have taken place. The description of the night ambush that night is superb, and bizarre. It reminds us, as someone once said, "What a long, strange trip it's been."
The search for Tuco eventually brings the two men together and brings everything full circle. George and Tuco are, hopefully, now in a better place.
Garry Owen, Tom.
Also I am of the same generation , being a young woman I was not susceptible to the draft and did not suffer the in equity of fighting in a war that if you wanted to fight in . This book gives real insight to the traumas suffered by those that chose to serve when their country called .
The character development and plot line flow quite well and are very enjoyable . And I am not one to enjoy war movies or war stories , so this is high compliments indeed !
I would suggest this book for any young person in service or who is of an age where they might be asked to serve in a war. And of course I think that this book would be very meaningful to anyone who has already served their nation in the field of combat.
Well done and I look forward to future novels by this new author.
This mystery/thriller revolves around four members of a USMC recon unit who served together in country 35 years prior. Two are close friends, George and Tuco, one is a notorious drug lord, nicknamed Ghost in Vietnam, and one was their lieutenant.
When Tuco goes missing, George is coerced by Ghost into finding him by threatening to reveal details of a mysterious war atrocity involving the platoon. Tuco has stolen something of great value from Ghost and is on the run. Ghost has already killed Tuco’s partner in the theft and George, retired police chief of a mythical San Francisco Bay Area town, has to choose between endangering his best friend or putting his former platoon, of which he was the leader, at risk.
Tom Preece does a skillful job of interweaving three distinct story lines with flashbacks of war and the present day plight of many Vietnam vets and their families. At times my eyes welled up with empathy but then found myself holding my breath through the thrilling action scenes, all the way to the novel’s surprise ending.
I could not put the book down.
As a fellow Army Vietnam veteran with a couple months overlapping VN service time with the author, the sergeant's emotions of the peace process and his relationships with the other soldiers came through realistically. I could relate to the stress of putting out Claymores and trip wire overnight.
All in all, I recommend the book highly. I hope the author writes more great stories.