A Dirty Distant War
This action-packed novel focuses on what might be the most intriguing period in the Vietnamese struggle for freedom from foreign domination. Toward the end of World War II, Ho Chi Minh and his followers were united with the Americans against the Japanese, and Ho was even a consistent provider of valuable intelligence to the Office of Strategic Services. Ho greatly admired America’s triumph in the Revolutionary War, and he expected that the United States would champion his similar fight for independence. At one point in this fascinating novel, Ho Chi Minh raises his wineglass and toasts President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the United States and recalls that eighty years earlier the Vietnamese emperor had sought aid from President Abraham Lincoln. Later events were to dissolve this bond between the Viet Minh and the Americans, primarily because the United States thought itself more politically obligated to the next foreign invaders, the French.
Major John Reisman, still the hard-boiled survivalist who can live off the most hostile land, parachutes into Burma in September, 1944, on a clandestine mission. Officially, he is an observer gathering intelligence, but he is also supposed to help the Vietnamese in their fight against the occupying Japanese. As usual, the specifics of his assignment are left to his own considerable ingenuity.
He operates in China, Burma, and Indochina, and along the way he must deal with primitive mountain tribesmen...
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