I have a vague recollection of the Vietnam war as I was very young. I remember the protests in America. I remember watching the film The Killing Fields. There was a song in the charts "19" about this war, the average age of a soldier back then. In a quiet English town, there was no conversation other than disgraceful war, unjust war. Then the Rambo movies started. There we saw a broken vet rejected by his own country. I started reading this book with its every word carved out in pain, to takes to the very heart of the Vietnamese War. A man so broken and so dark, one wonders how he ever, stood up and returned to the war. He takes you through actual skirmishes without jargon, simply telling you how it is. The enemy sending out children with guns who killed you if you did not kill them first. To see a man beginning to scratch his way back into civilisation. The book ends with a letter left to him by Stella. The contents seem to be ominous. I look forward to Book 2 to see what the letter says.