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Chesuncook by Donald R. Goulet
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Nov 06, 2010

it was amazing

One is a combat veteran, a war hero and a former street agent with the FBI. The other is an embattled police chief with the guts to take on a Mohawk smuggling ring. It hardly seems fair that these two men, who have already given so much, are natural storytellers as well. But they are. And now we have Chesuncook , a story of valor, of loyalty and of the outer limits of a hero's mind. Told from the inside as such a story should be, this is the chilling tale of Donald Goulet and Fred Moore, teamed up to investigate a tobacco smuggling operation between Canada and the northern U.S. That the story is true is absolutely astounding. The voice of Goulet, a Vietnam veteran and retired FBI agent, is powerful throughout the tale. It is clear that the telling of the story required him to open old wounds and to inspect them as though they were fresh. The horror of combat. The thrill of investigations. The nightmare descent from undercover work into alcoholism and psychic collapse. Goulet writes with raw honesty about it all. He describes with equal finesse the trenches of the battlefield and the trenches of his own mind. He writes of faith born in battle and of the depth of friendship only soldiers know. Moore, fittingly mysterious, lends his voice to describe the cultural complexities of an Indian police chief teaming with the FBI to investigate a Mohawk War Chief. For a reader such as myself, who was born near the end of Vietnam, Chesuncook is a vivid reminder of what heroes like these have done for us. But the book does not strive to impart values or provide lessons. It is pure story, as vivid and loud as the crackle of gunfire.
- Mark LaFlamme, author of "Box of Lies."

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