- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Three Clover Press (February 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0986032816
- ISBN-13: 978-0986032813
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,094,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Awarded an honorable mention in general fiction at the 2013 San Francisco Book Festival. The winners were honored on May 18, 2013 at a free, day-long public festival held at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco followed by a private awards ceremony that evening.
Awarded an honorable mention in general fiction at the 2013 Hollywood Book Festival. The award ceremony was held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on Saturday evening, July 20.
Awarded Runner Up (2nd place) in general fiction at the 2013 Beach Book Festival. Following a free, day-long book festival and publishing seminar at the Radisson Martinque on Broadway Hotel in New York City, there was a private awards ceremony.
Awarded honorable mention in general fiction at the 2013 New York Book Festival. The winners were honored at a private ceremony at the Grolier Club in Manhattan on June 21, followed by a free, day-long festival open to the public on June 22.
"Obviously drawn from the author's first-hand experiences as a Marine serving in Vietnam, 'Running with the Enemy' is a ... heartfelt war story. ...The book is sometimes too obviously drawn from his experience. But ultimately that's a small complaint about a book that, on the whole, is quite good and has a lot to say about the nature of that conflict and the passion for the subject matter out-shines some limitations in the writing." - 21st Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards commentary of anonymous judge
About the Author
Lloyd Lofthouse is the author of the award winning novels My Splendid Concubine and Running with the Enemy. His short story, A Night at the Well of Purity was named a finalist in the 2007 Chicago Literary Awards.
His wife is Anchee Min, the author of Red Azalea (1992), a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Her novel the Empress Orchid (2004) was a finalist for the British Book Awards and her memoir, The Cooked Seed, was chosen by Amazon editors as one of the best books of 2013.
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I found Running with the Enemy intriguing with the nonstop flight of Ethan and Tuyen over several countries in Southeast Asia. They traveled in areas of Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos,Thailand, and Burma. I really wanted to know if they would make it out alive or if one of them would perish amidst all of the danger, fighting, and suffering that both of them experience. I was fascinated with the fact that these types of situations where not only do our fighting men have to worry about the enemy, but I am sure many of them have and had to worry about their enemies on their own side and even in their own units. Have read little on the Vietnam War, I really was taken in by fighting in such a foreign land with a mostly jungle setting. I am sure fighting in such a vastly different climate and topography was one of the reasons for our no-win situation from the beginning of that horrible war that took more than 58,000 American lives.
It would be naïve of anyone to think that all agents in service to our covert agencies are all respectable and loyal to the cause. As with any group of people, some have their own agendas and are ruled by greed and power. Ortega was one such heinous officer and person of power. His character was truly evil personified. Dealing with the enemy and framing your own innocent citizens is horrifying enough, but then being downright sadistic on top of that is extremely disturbing. I don't doubt such characters existed in Vietnam, as I am sure they still do now in places such as Afghanistan. Besides just trying to stay alive, it is sad that many soldiers have to watch their backs from their own associates. Really, anyone can be framed for anything, whether at war or not.
Luu was a loyal friend of Tuyen's French father who at one time had owned a rubber plantation in Vietnam. He was the wise old man who provided calmness and serenity in the face of chaos. Even though he dreamed of being a monk and living out his days in serenity and contemplation, he stuck to his promise of trying to take care of Tuyen and reunite her with her mother in Thailand.
The most enjoyable and important character was, of course, Ethan Card. I thought Mr. Lofthouse brought forth an admirable, yet by no means perfect, character. Ethan was decisive and brave, even though at times he could have made better decisions. He was just what you would expect a special ops soldier to be. I enjoyed the narration best from Ethan's point of view. He was just a young man from Chicago who previously ran with some street gangs having his own family issues who decided his life would be improved by joining the Marines. He never made excuses for his circumstances, but just tried to moved forward and clear his name. I liked Mr. Lofthouse's depiction of this imperfect protagonist.
What did I think could have been different in the book? I think the readers would have been better served by including some simple maps. Any time I read about an aspect of history with many changes in locales, I think a map or two aids in the understanding of the story. Also, there is one word that I noticed throughout the book that was vastly overused: clusterfuck. I love the word, personally, but being used too much in Running with the Enemy, the word lost its power. Some things are best described as a clusterfuck, but used too much becomes its own clusterfuck. Going back and tracking the number, clusterfuck was only used 8 times, but it seemed like many more. If colorful language and sex scenes are not something you want to read, just be aware that this book has some such descriptions and scenes. I think they reflect the reality of soldiers needing diversion and release from the horrors they witness and are required to administer.
I found Running with the Enemy captivating and well worth reading and enjoyed such a different type of historical novel from Mr. Lofthouse than his previous. Since Mr. Lofthouse is a former Marine and Vietnam veteran, I am sure he drew from some of his personal experiences and I shudder to think of some of these experiences. This was a good novel for me to read and write about during the Memorial Day weekend to reflect on what some soldiers have to experience in and out of combat in foreign settings.
Read Running with the Enemy to see if Ethan and Tuyen prevail in their quest to evade evil and secure a life together.
Where I stopped reading: Before the 20% mark.
Why I stopped reading: I’ve never given up on a book before the 20% mark. I’ve never given up on a book that I agreed to review for an author- until today.
I HATED this story beginning with the first page. I brought it to the doctor’s office thinking that anything would be better than sitting around bored thus forcing myself to read it. But it turns out I'd rather stare at a blank wall and listen to germ infested zombie look alikes cough up a lung than read one more page of this book.
I stopped at 16% when a US soldier was joyfully planning the brutal rape and torture of a Vietnamese woman like most people plan a Disney vacation. It was revolting.
As reviewed by Belinda at Every Free Chance Book Reviews.
(I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)
Running with the Enemy is the second book I have read from Mr. Lofthouse. The first was My Splendid Concubine. Mr. Lofthouse really writes with such passion no matter the topic he is writing about. For example in this book, Mr. Lofthouse holds nothing bad. It can get pretty visceral with the characters and their emotions. Also, warning as it does get graphic in regards to rape, killings, and language. So if you can not handle any of these three things than this is not the book for you. However, if you are not easiliy offended by these things then you should check this book out as it will have you rooting for the good guys the whole time. Plus, it is a really quick read that sucks you in until the end.