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My Vietnam War Kindle Edition
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From the Back Cover
The story follows him from his initial rear-echelon assignment in Saigon, where he falls for a mysterious storytelling bar girl, to his eventual posting at an isolated front-line firebase in one of the deepest parts of the Vietnam jungle. While recovering from a leg wound (he is hit by a piece of bone from a fellow soldier who stepped on a booby trap mine), he becomes the assistant medic and sees the horrors of war close up.
The experience begins his steady spiral down into PTSD. After he is seriously wounded, he ends up back in Saigon where, after an old friend from Arizona gets him involved in the underground drug trade, the mysterious bar girl may be his only hope for salvation. It is a powerful story, well-written, with vivid detail that you will never forget. We highly recommend it.
About the Author
- ASIN : B00EI2CKJK
- Publisher : H.O.T. Press (January 10, 2014)
- Publication date : January 10, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 652 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 329 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,400,064 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It could be said that Murdock accomplished that by means of his writer skills, excellent descriptive powers, and psychological insight. No doubt, that's part of it. I believe, it also has to do with the unusual character of Scotty, and how we live in his mind, seeing the world through his eyes and thought. Scotty is not your usual war novel hero. One could argue, he shouldn't even be there. He not only reads philosophy, but is naive, volunteers for duties any other solder would run from. When he's in a safe gig, he isn't happy, but wants to be with the other men facing jungle combat.
It's out of a brew of Scotty's unique personality, life among young girls and drugs at Wong's Bar in Saigon, and that contrasted with the brutal horrors of jungle fighting, that Murdock creates this gripping, insightful, novel.
I did feel I'd lived that war first hand.
This book is a must-read!
The author writes in such vivid detail that I had no choice but to be dragged, kicking and screaming at times, into the sordid back streets of Saigon and frightening jungles of an alien combat zone, and could almost see, smell, taste and feel the jarring assault on the senses, as viewed through the eyes of Scotty. If anyone had any enthusiasm for war, the grim realities of this story would quickly put an end to any romantic illusions. The story was compelling in many ways and especially in the telling of the combat patrols into the night jungle which is beyond any imaginable horror, as least to me. Nothing was sugar-coated and I liked that, but there were times I just had to put the book down and return when I was better able to cope. Actually, what I found very interesting was Brent's transformation as a pot entrepreneur and how he managed to work his way through that mysterious system and how it exposed the complicity of the military in the money making scheme. How he got connected to the French was quite astonishing..... and I would have liked to have been taken ever deeper into the intrigue of the french/asian underworld.
All in all, this highly personal account of the war was far different than any I've experienced and should be required reading for all male youth, as well as most politicians