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"Why My Dad"

Ms. Lisa Bottorff is a USAF Veteran who has written a book that is designed to help military children understand why mommy or daddy is gone. It is titled Why My Dad? The book is published by Mirror…Continue

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Grenade Grenade, grenade, grenade,what fun to have a grenade,toss it in the jungle,make banana splits,toss it in the water,maybe catch some fish,give one to the colonel,turn his mind around,give one…Continue

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The Orange Barrel, a whimsical and exciting veiw of Vietnam from a totally different perspective

   This amazing action novel from Charles Lynch explores the intensity of air combat experienced by an 18-year-old helicopter door gunner during the Vietnam War. He relives dozens of battles and…Continue

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Comment by Beck Valley Books Blog on January 30, 2014 at 5:21am

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His code-name is Atcho. He leads guerrilla fighters through the US-supported insurgency that rages at the Bay of Pigs in the early days of Fidel Castro’s Cuba. Captured and cast into the island’s worst dungeons, Atcho learns that a phantom-like officer of the Soviet KGB shadows him. Inexplicably released from incarceration and still dedicated to his country, he battles through the bowels of the Kremlin in Moscow, into the granite halls at West Point, and finally to highest levels in Washington, DC. Atcho’s rise opens doors into US National Defense even as the seemingly omniscient KGB officer holds unflinching sway over his actions. His public life clashes with secrets that only he and his tormentor share, isolating him in a world of intrigue among people whom he is determined not to betray – and then he finds that he is the trigger that could spark thermonuclear war.

5-STAR REVIEW: “Lee Jackson Delivers an Impressive Historical Fiction. If you like a healthy dose of history with your fiction, especially with regard to Castro-era Cuba (think Bay of Pigs specifically) and the oft-strained relationship between the US and the Soviet Union, then Curse the Moon: Atcho Rises is definitely for you.” John Berten

Comment by Robert Peter Thompson on June 9, 2013 at 2:04pm

A recent review from a very respected reviewer and bibliographer:

5.0 out of 5 stars An Engrossing, Phantasmagorical Book,

By

David A. Willson (Maple Valley, WA USA) - See all my reviews (REAL NAME)

This review is from: Everything Happened In Vietnam: The Year Of The Rat (Paperback)

This is an engrossing, phantasmagorical book. I've read a lot of Marine Corps memoirs, and this is an unusual one, but very readable on every page.
It's hard to explain why I find this book so singular. The author gives us some clues on the verso of the title page. "This is not a work of fiction although I have written it more like a novel than a narrative." He goes on to call the book, "true fiction," and he warns the reader the final chapter contains an event that isn't "digestible as literal truth." He is right about that, but the book is filled with such events and is the better for it. Some scholars of literature call this sort of writing, "magical realism." It works well with the material in this Marine Corps memoir.
The language of the book is a mytho-poetic style that is often more poetry than prose, and the book is arranged in short, powerful chapters. It is very novelistic as Thompson warns us early on. Many of his phrases were so memorable that I found myself jotting them down. I loved his phrases for the view from a helicopter. "the emerald embrace of the vegetal world." My favorite chapter is The Letter. It packs such a powerful punch in three and one half pages that I recommend buying the book just for that chapter alone. It is worth it.
In his chapter, "Mamason" is the best description of what Agent Orange is like on the ground that I have read. "...I was walking through some bush that was black and withered and the only way that I can describe it is that it was slimy, like a million snails had oozed across every leaf of every bush and turned them black and shriveled in their wake and the slime was getting all over me." A bit later he says, "This must be Agent Orange." He goes on to offer a defense of the use of the stuff, as the defoliation aspect of it enabled him to see a landmine before he stepped on it. Agent Orange saved his legs and his life.
If you are up for reading another Marine Corps memoir, this is a fine one. It is short and sweet and can be read in one or at most two sittings. I read it in a great rush, eager for what was coming next. You will too.

All the best, Robert Peter Thompson Author of:

Everything Happened In Vietnam: The Year of the Rat – Kindle $3.99

Everything Happened In Vietnam: The Year Of The Rat – Print $10.34

Comment by Robert Peter Thompson on April 25, 2013 at 5:02pm

Greetings!  The Vietnam Veterans of America just posted a review of my book on their online "Books In Brief" site under the 'Memoirs' category.  Take a look if you like.  Thanks!  http://vvabooks.wordpress.com/category/memoir/ .

Everything Happened in Vietnam by Robert Peter Thompson



This is a phantasmagorical book, and often takes the form of a meditation on the deaths of his friends Tater, Johnny the New Guy, and Sandy. I’ve read a lot of Marine Corps memoirs, and this is an unusual one, and one that is very readable on every page.

The language of the book is a mytho-poetic style that is often more poetry than prose, and the book is arranged in short, powerful chapters. It is very novelistic, as Thompson warns us early on.

Many of his phrases were so memorable that I found myself jotting them down. That includes this one, describing the view from a helicopter: as “the emerald embrace of the vegetal world.”

My favorite chapter is “The Letter.” It packs such a powerful punch in three and one half pages that I recommend buying the book just for that chapter alone. It is worth it.

((parts of review clipped for brevity  - see link))

This fine book is dedicated to the author’s friend, Sandy, who died in Vietnam, leaving a beautiful “18 year old fiancée.”  Thompson shows us Sandy as a wraith at the end of the book. But our author is one of the lucky ones who goes home as living flesh and blood.  As he tells us, he “snuck back into the world. Like a thief.”

If you are up for reading another Marine Corps Vietnam War memoir, this is a fine one. It is short and sweet and can be read in one or, at most, two sittings. I read it in a great rush, eager for what was coming next.  You will too.

—David Willson

Comment by Robert Peter Thompson on April 18, 2013 at 3:29pm

This is NOT your average War Story.

              "EVERYTHING HAPPENED IN VIETNAM:

                         THE YEAR OF THE RAT"

    A Memoir by Robert Peter Thompson (USMC 1967-1969)

                   An excerpt from the chapter: “THE RAT”

    “The Rat had found and eaten parts of guys I knew.  Guys I worked with.  Bullshitted with.  Guys I had laughed with, drank with, smoked with or tried to ignore.  A guy I had just met the night before it happened.  I mean the night that it began.  You see I knew that the Rat, immediately before the boot, before my eyes flew open and I saw…  Only for an instant.  The eyes, face, mouth and claws of fully fledged rat expression magnified to the size of a drive-in movie screen.  It was that close.  I knew and I could somehow feel the lingering presence of the Rat's lips close to the point of touching my own then slightly open, slow breathing, deep sleeping mouth.  And I also knew that it wasn't about to kiss me. 

     Everything happened in Vietnam.  Not to me but to someone or something.  Everything happened.”

All the best, Robert Peter Thompson Author of:

Everything Happened In Vietnam: The Year of the Rat – Kindle $3.99

Everything Happened In Vietnam: The Year Of The Rat – Print $10.22

Comment by Robert Peter Thompson on April 8, 2013 at 6:16pm

Greetings!

   I'd like to share the Forward I wrote for my book and a short excerpt.  I wrote it for all the men and women who serve or have served our Country in time of War.

"EVERYTHING HAPPENED IN VIETNAM: THE YEAR OF THE RAT"        

    A Memoir by Robert Peter Thompson (USMC 1967-1969)

Forward

~ "But not everything is remembered and not everything is told.  Lost with those who did not survive and with those who did not return.  Lost in the chaos and confusion and the self protective suppression of the formidable and yet fragile mind.  Sometimes that which affects you most is that which you can no longer see and is perhaps better left alone.  But what of that which so stubbornly remains and cries out as it does from the darkness of time and says:

      "I am here, I am still here, you will look at me, for I will never go away.”

               

    ~The author

    An excerpt from the chapter:  “WE WEREN’T ALL HEROES”

    ”As we barreled down unfamiliar roads, away from the city, a lingering image kept popping in my mind.  Back in Danang, amidst the hustle of early morning street activity and out of the crowd as we rumbled by, I saw, only for a fleeting moment, what would remain forever impressed within my mind.

    The most beautiful girl in the world.

    I knew immediately that she was the offspring of a French and Vietnamese union.  And I could see as well, in the aura of her angelic expression, a sense of inescapable sorrow and longing.  As if she were a beautiful fragile flower, out of place and unwanted.  And she seemed to be looking right at me.

     Only for a moment.  Never to be seen again.”

All the best,

Robert Peter Thompson

Author of:

Everything Happened In Vietnam: The Year of the Rat – Kindle $3.99

Everything Happened In Vietnam: The Year Of The Rat – Print $10.22

My Book Website:  http://www.everythinghappenedinvietnam.com/  - (see my 1969 Vietnam slideshow)


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Comment by Robert Lofthouse on March 17, 2013 at 8:44am

http://youtu.be/Kil-pXJOWMY
My debut novel.
AVAILABLE NOW on www.smashwords.com
Please SHARE.
Thank you.

Comment by Robert Peter Thompson on March 8, 2013 at 6:07pm

Greetings!

    "EVERYTHING HAPPENED IN VIETNAM: THE YEAR OF THE RAT"
               A Memoir by Robert Peter Thompson (USMC 1967-1969)

                    An excerpt from the chapter: "I'm Going Home"

“The navy guy came out of the Quonset Hut door after everybody had been taken inside. Lifted up off their sawhorses and whisked away into the labyrinth of Quonset Huts that were connected in such a fashion, that the surgical field hospital on the tarmac of the airfield on the outskirts of Danang looked like a train wreck. And he picked up a hose. Just like he'd done it a million times before. So casual. And he directed the flow of water from left to right, left to right, starting from the corner of the large cement slab, working the pool of fresh blood into a crimson wave underneath and between the long rows of sawhorses arranged like a company of cavalry steeds. About 75 to 100 of them. Spaced apart so as to hold the stretchers which held the fallen warriors whose blood had spilled profusely, as if from a torn and broken collective heart, onto the concrete surface below.

I watched him wash the blood away.”


Robet Peter Thompson

Author of:

"Everything Happened In Vietnam: The Year of the Rat" - Kindle $3.99

"Everything Happened In Vietnam: The Year of the Rat" - Print $11.95

See my book website and slide show: http://www.everythinghappenedinvietnam.com/


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Comment by Robert Lofthouse on March 6, 2013 at 1:21pm

AVAILABLE NOW on www.smashwords.com 
My first book,
Falklands War novel,
A Cold Night in June.
Available from Amazon in Paperback & Kindle format, 15th May.
Hope you like it, thank you.


Author
Comment by Robert Lofthouse on February 28, 2013 at 8:50am

Falklands War novel,
A Cold Night in June.
Available from Amazon in Paperback & Kindle format 15th May.

Young Archie is on the business end of the British advance across East Falkland. Argentina has invaded the islands in a bid to win over a disgruntled public back home.

Archie’s unit, 3 PARA, endure a forced march from their landing site at San Carlos over ankle busting, windswept terrain, to a position within striking distance of the Argentine Army.

Before them lay a series of mountains, heavily defended by raw conscripts and seasoned regulars. 3 PARA’s objective, the daunting feature of Mount Longdon which dominates the road to the island’s capital, Port Stanley, and the main Argentine garrison.

They must capture this feature in order for the road to be open to the capital, and with it, the collapse of the Argentine resistance.


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Comment by Robert Lofthouse on February 27, 2013 at 6:34am

My debut novel,
Falklands War novel,
A Cold Night in June, will have its Amazon and Kindle release on 15th May 2013 ready for the up and coming Falklands War anniversary.
It will also feature in the June edition of SOLDIER Magazine.
Foreword by Major Justin Featherstone MC.
www.soldiermagazine.co.uk
www.facebook.com/acoldnightinjune
#acoldnightinjune
Thank you.

 
 
 

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