John M(ichael) Del Vecchio 1947–
Del Vecchio's critically acclaimed first novel, The 13th Valley (1982), is based on his experiences as combat correspondent for the Armed Forces newspaper The Screaming Eagle during the Vietnam war. The novel depicts the final months of American combat against the Viet Cong from the viewpoints of three American soldiers. Del Vecchio provides a realistic account of the conflicts, anxieties, and heroism of soldiers for whom time and purpose are measured in terms of survival. Critics were impressed with Del Vecchio's graphic description of guerrilla warfare, although some felt his heavy use of military jargon obstructed the overall narration.