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Parthian Shot

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The time: 1964. The place: Nan Phuc village, the Mekong Delta, South Vietnam. The men: "A Team" 34A, U.S. Army Special Forces, popularly known as the Green Berets. Army records say, simply and stupefyingly, that they have been sent back home. But they are still very much in Vietnam. To survive in the Delta they need ammunition and supplies, so they tap their Yankee ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 289 pages
Published January 12th 1987 by Ballantine Books (first published 1975)
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As Vietnam war books go, this one ranks right up there. Reminded me a cross between Dispatches and the old China Beach TV show, except there were no U.S. women. If you're a history buff, war buff, 60's buff, you owe it to yourself to read this book. Since I'm not, I'll give it 3.5 stars. Good writing, and engaging enough to keep me turning pages, even though I'm not a fan of war books.
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This is a wonderfully personal - and fictional - story about the craziness that was the Vietnam War, from opportunistic business ventures and leeches in unexpected places, to the sadness of lives and homes lost. While some of the language is racist, the dialog sounds authentic to the times.
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Graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a BA in Journalism in 1962. Won the Pen Hemingway Award for first novel.
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