No Place to Hide

(Critical Survey of Contemporary Fiction)

Tim Boyle came back from his Vietnam tour, but it was a near thing for both Boyle and his good friend Mike Santy. Santy is out with the fleet, and Boyle is pushing paper when he would much rather push the collective on a helicopter. Thus, when fortune offers him an opportunity to leave papers far behind and pay one last visit to downtown Saigon, Boyle grabs his suitcase. Meanwhile, Kevin Thompson and Mark Dalton are back in Vietnam for personal and professional reasons. Officially, Thompson and Dalton are arranging the evacuation of any American personnel still attached to South Vietnamese units. Unofficially, the two SEALs are busy persuading a former comrade to end his private war with the People’s Republic of Vietnam.

Seven years earlier, Tony Butler decided the American decision to end direct participation in the Vietnamese civil war was not one he could accept. As a result, Butler remained with the mountain people he was sent to advise. With the government in Saigon facing imminent collapse, however, Thompson and Dalton want to afford Butler one last opportunity to return to the United States. They hope to accomplish this by making contact with Butler and negotiating his safe return before Saigon is captured.

Such is the bare bones summary of NO PLACE TO HIDE, but Carroll also provides an arresting account of those unsung persons who sought to evacuate deserving individuals from Saigon in those last desperate days when time ran out for South Vietnam. NO PLACE TO HIDE brings back the central characters from NORTH SAR and lends additional credence to the assertion that Gerry Carroll can fly and write with equal facility.