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About the Author
"In a brilliant follow-up to his novel "Cherries," John Podlaski weaves frightening events of his youth into a vivid depiction of a terrifying night as an infantryman on a Listening Post during the Vietnam War."
- Joe Campolo, Jr., Authorof "The Kansas NCO" and "Back To the World."
"This tome draws the reader into the experiences that only combat personnel can usually hold witness to; broadening our understanding of the true sacrifices our military makes for us and our freedoms every day. 'When Can I Stop Running' should be on all of our 'must read' lists."
-Jerry Kunnath, Writer
"What makes When Can I Stop Running? a different read from 'Cherries' are the interludes where Polack, his memories brought to the surface as warily he watches for any movement near the LP, recalls his many adventures with school friends, some terrifying, some funny while growing up in Detroit during the1960's. It is in these stories, so familiar to those of us of the Boomer generation, that the author treats us to some of his finest writing. His childhood comes to life in his rich, poetic descriptions. It is a lost world which haunts all of our generation's memories, just as we are haunted by our memories of the central and defining event of our generation, the Vietnam War. Highly recommended!"
-Christopher Gaynor, author of "A Soldier Boy Hears the Distant Guns" and countless newspaper articles including a feature story and photos inTime Magazine
"Warrior and Vietnam author John Podlaski pulls out the stops in a very personal story interweaving some of his childhood experiences with his unnerving telling of his night spent in a listening post. A vividly written yet tasteful account of a nightmare experience; hair-raising and touching at the same time. It's a night he'll never forget."
-WilliamE. Peterson, International Best Selling and Award Winning Author: "Missions OfFire And Mercy~Until Death Do Us part"and "Chopper Warriors~Kicking The Hornet's Nest". Coming in July 2016, "ChopperHeroes."
"John does a magical job in his second book of weaving the terrors of boyhood adventure with the terrors of war. His words had me laughing and crying while recalling and reliving some of my childhood adventures and the terror of pitch black nights alone on the floor of jungles in Vietnam. Thank you, John, for another great adventure!"
-Stephen Perry, Author of "Bright Light: Untold Stories of the Top Secret War in VVietnam."
"As I read 'When can I stop Running?' and got deeper into the story, it brought all the images forward of those things I feared most - total darkness, rotting jungle, insects, and strange noises. I cringed at every turn, often asking myself if I had the bravado to do what they were doing. Today, soldiers use Night Vision Devices to see in the dark, quite a contrast from the Vietnam Era when soldiers only had their hearing, sense of smell, and a vivid imagination to guide them in the pitch black jungle. I also appreciate the author's stories of his youth; the adventures are both frightening and funny, yet, I could relate to similar experiences while growing up. This book is the real deal! Great job, Mr. Podlaski!"
-R. Scott Ormond (Sgt-5 ReCon Scout and Tank Section 3d/33d Armor, Germany 1971-73) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- File Size : 659 KB
- Publication Date : June 17, 2016
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B01H9BESNC
- Print Length : 151 pages
- Publisher : John Podlaski; 1st Edition (June 17, 2016)
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #784,410 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book reminds me a lot of the Pulitzer-nominated book The Things They Carried. It's one thing to read that our soldiers were sent out from their outposts, in teams of two, to maintain reconnaissance of the enemy territory. It's quite another to learn the intimate details of what that entailed. This book paints a graphic picture of everything involved in LP duty - constant mosquito bites, sitting in a mud hole being pelted by rain, hearing (and smelling) enemy soldiers taking their latrine breaks mere feet away.
The descriptions are extremely well-crafted and vivid, and the flashbacks evoke memories from my own reckless youth.
After you read this, you will really want to find a vet who humped the boonies in Vietnam just to say "Thank you for your service"!
Welcome home, brother!
Depicting the difficult transition from civilian to warrior is seldom ever written without unnecessary or wordy entanglements. His writing will have you battling the fear against the "fight or flight" survival instincts as all normal human beings are blessed with at birth.
This is a very good story about as much as I despise the cliché, "coming of age" and facing the realities of life nearly instantaneously. Very effectively using flashbacks to further tell the story of the two Detroit teenagers caught in in the middle of a war, Podlaski is able to reveal the commons terrors previously endured as pre-military civilians and relates them well to the situations they find themselves.
He packs more realistic action and thought provoking reading in less than 200 words than many writers would dare to try.
If you are simply seeking battle action depicted from the Viet Nam War era, there is plenty to keep you interested.
If you wonder how he can write a complex, yet concise book, it is simple. John Podlaski was there.
That's exactly what's happening in John Podlaski's thin, but moving account of the war, specifically, a night at a listening post. War is not just about the firefights, the ambushes, mortar attacks, artillery barrages and the like; it's also the time between these events when sometimes the stillness and solitude could be just as nerve-wracking and deadly as a firefight. It was a time for reflection and soul-searching; a time when one's thoughts tried to make sense out of conflict where so many young men would lose their lives and many others, wounded forever. It was a time for a person's mind to wander...wander back in time to childhood memories to forget the horrors of war, and perhaps, if only for a few hours, to find some peace and solace.
This is a brilliant story; especially the way Podlaski weaves a night on a listening post with his own childhood memories. In as much time as it takes to read his story, if you were to read it in one sitting, would be about the same amount of time one would spend out there beyond the wire in the jungle, wondering, worrying, if this night the enemy would appear and all the while hoping and praying that morning would come soon.
This is not just another Vietnam War story. This is not a story about the horrors of war. It is, though, the story of every young man who found himself halfway around the world in Vietnam, trying to stay alive.
Jeffrey Miller, Bureau 39