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Right from the jump, the author leaves few Navy acronyms untouched as he infuses his storytelling with clockwork military precision. For the military novice, partnering with a Jane’s catalog to keep up with the references to the military hardware (planes and ships) he painstakingly discussed wouldn’t be a bad idea.
Bell’s early lurches in time, from years in some instances to just moments between scenes, may be a challenge to keep up with. For instance, the author uses this technique to give us just enough information about Lt Cmdr Mike “Duke” Duquesne’s time as a POW and how he became one so that the reader has a clear understanding how and why this character interacts with others the way he does. Gritty language and period references to radical counterculture groups provide an authenticity to both character dialogue and the storyline.
Those who expect to find a generous assortment of colorful characters with carefully crafted elements of action, romance, and intrigue will not be disappointed. Well worth the effort in this concise, but exciting Vietnam-era thrill ride.
For me, Warren Bell is an author in that mold. I was frankly stunned by his initial effort, and his follow-on books have kept up that high standard. In this one he deals with Vietnam and it's immediate aftermath, both there and at home in a plot that combines what I think is the best of the historical fiction genre: outrageous enough to keep you glued to the page, but plausible enough where you start Googling names and places to see what was actually going on.
This is the third novel of Mr. Bell's that I've read, and I've greatly enjoyed each one. I apparently missed the last one about Vietnam, and need to go grab that one. He has sent me a copy of this digitally in exchange for an unbiased review, and I gladly accepted. These are a series of books that I look forward to reading, and clear my schedule for an opportunity to be completely immersed. If I had one complaint about the book, is that I was hoping for it to be longer. But perhaps I immersed myself in it so much time passed differently.
In each of the books, you become attached to the characters with their detail and humanity. Even the bad guys are developed adequately enough to really be rooting for a positive outcome. The author's life experience shines through, you can really tell that this is a man who knows what he is talking about. The terminology in this book is about just right in the context of the story - there is a good bit up front in the Vietnam setting, but it flows with the story very well after that. At times with some books you can feel hit over the head with all the inside baseball stuff, but this book is pretty good in that regard.
If you enjoy military/historical fiction, these are the books to give a shout. I recommend them to my friends and family, and I recommend them to you.
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