It's the height of the Vietnam War and a journalism student from Seattle, Mike Butler, on a booze-soaked vacation to Europe gets so distracted by the local attractions and entertainment that he fails to register for classes in time to maintain his student deferment and ends up drafted. Sent to Vietnam as an Army Information Specialist, he is bored by his job covering unit softball games and award ceremonies and his adventures in the fleshpots of Saigon and general disregard for the rules soon get him in serious hot water. Then an out appears; going out on and writing glowing press coverage for a mission to kidnap Ho Chi Minh himself will wipe the slate clean.
Specialist Butler is an unlikely and unwilling candidate for a special operations mission and clashes with the Green Berets he is assigned to work with, and whom are convinced he has to be some kind of CIA clandestine operator or he wouldn't be along for a job this important. Tensions between Butler, the "lifer" senior NCOs he works for, and the Green Berets and CIA guys he is on temporary assignment with, provide a lot of amusing scenes as the mission becomes a comedy of errors that ring with authenticity to anyone with wartime military experience.
I recently read and enjoyed Jorgenson's "The Road to Plum Run" and so grabbed the kindle version of "Stalking the Dragon" for airplane reading on a recent trip overseas. The author has a real winner on his hands here. This war story careens between vividly drawn action sequences that belie the author's experiences as a US Army Airborne Ranger combat veteran during the Vietnam War, and laugh-out-loud comedy scenes. Think of it as Indiana Jones meets Full Metal Jacket with a strong dash of ribald GI humor for flavor. This book is a fast-paced and exciting read and would make a fantastic movie.