Goodreads asked Bert Oldenhuis:

Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?

Bert Oldenhuis Two voyages I made on merchant vessels to ports in the Pacific and Far East during the Vietnam war. The enormous contrast between the actual situation on board, the deplorable state of the ships and the social status of their crew members, pitted against the boast of the mightiest nation on earth engaged in a military conflict with their adversary, using the most advanced methods and means at their disposal

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