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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: NO EXIT PRESS (26 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842437666
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842437667
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.4 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 768,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Juris Jurjevics was born in Latvia during World War II and emigrated to the United States. He served in Vietnam and is the co-founder and publisher of Soho Press

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In some ways this excellent thriller is a throw-back to the good/bad old days of the Cold War. The principal setting is a multinational research station in the Arctic where, in the opening pages, three scientists out on the ice succumb to an agonising and instantaneous death, produced by ... well, by what?...Highly recommended. - Philip Gooden, Shots Magazine

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A. Ross TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Sept. 2011
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Last year saw the publication of a masterpiece of Vietnam War fiction, Matterhorn, which was a searing and existentially bleak example of the battle novel. This year sees the publication of this very different, and only just slightly less impressive Vietnam War novel. At about half the length of Matterhorn, this book falls roughly into the crime genre, as it tells the tale of an Army CID officer sent undercover to a small base in the Central Highlands kind of near Pleiku. It seems that the North might be financing some of its international arms purchasing through the wholesale drug production and export of heroin and marijuana. "Captain" Rider and his partner are supposed to try and find out where the drugs are coming from and who might be involved.

But as well-plotted as the investigative storyline is, it's really just an excuse for the author (a Vietnam Vet) to vividly lay out the tenuousness of the American position in the country. What really pops to the fore is the complexity of the situation, as Rider tries to understand the relationships between the regular Army, the Green Beret outposts, the local CIA operative, the South Vietnamese Army unit across the road, their corrupt commander (who functions as provincial warlord), the various Montagnard tribes, the Viet Cong, local do-gooder missionaries, a sexy American medic, and more. Readers who aren't well-versed in the history of the Vietnam War will get a great introduction to the true complexity of what was happening on the ground. And if this story is anything to go by, what was happening was tons of corruption, graft, and outright cooperation with the enemy by some of the U.S.'s supposed allies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Deakin on 10 Feb. 2013
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A brilliant book which I felt must be based more on fact than fiction. An amazing account of the situation in Vietnam with the Vietcong, South Vietnamese, Americans and local Montagnard people and all the corruption and double dealing that took place. I found it absolutely fascinating.
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By GMan on 23 Feb. 2014
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An incredibly well written book. Has the basis of a good film. Definitely recommended. Will look out for this author in future.
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By Blue66 on 7 May 2013
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Found this book very slow to get going but persevered and enjoyed it more from about halfway in. The overuse of military terms and jargon didn't help.
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Corruption at the highest level of South Vietnamese government . What's worse aided and abetted by the US, so many died for nothing.
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Very well written, and as I read it, I felt that the writer knows Asian culture and their mindset - as i live in Asia much of the year. It gives you a whole new insight into the reasons for the VN war and others - especially those that the USA has been involved with - they are all about making money, and people's lives are irrelevant. It was only near the end that I realised why it was so realistic - it is a true story. HIGHLY recommended.
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There are a couple of times that I wanted to abandon this book but I persevered and I am pleased that I did.
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By Paul G on 13 Jan. 2013
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I really enjoyed reading this book. I was looking for a hard-edged Vietnam story with a bit more to it than just blood and gore and this delivers.

Set on a base away from the major fighting the book has enough shooting and killing to keep most blood thirsty readers happy, but it also has an intriguing insight into the confused politics of the situation. Although the base is fairly quiet day to day, the area is a busy through-route for North Vietnamese soldiers on their way to the front line, and the US believe the area is being used to grow drugs essential to the North's war finances. The Colonel in charge of the base is caught in an impossible position with barely a ramshackle force at his disposal, his hands tied as his local South Vietnamese allies seem to play both sides for financial gain.

A great mix of action, subterfuge, politics, sacrifice and a love triangle, I'm not sure you could ask for more.

Have already recommended it to my friends and family.
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