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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.
Everything Happened In Vietnam: The Year of the Rat – Kindle $3.99
Everything Happened In Vietnam: The Year Of The Rat – Print $10.22
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For the past fifteen years no one questioned the Sacred Hour in the town of Candlewick. Until one night a mysterious conch shell sounds throughout the Sacred Hour, only to be heard by two young teenagers. Aurora Alvarez is a misfit amongst her peers, desperately trying to fit in but failing to live up to the expectations of her parents and society.
She unexpectedly discovers she is fated to ally herself with none other than rebellious Boreas Stockington, who allegedly escaped from the impenetrable Candlewick Prison. These two young teenagers must embark on a perilous adventure where they need to help Otus, a thirty-foot giant, prevent a cataclysmic event from occurring—the Geometric Storm.
The journey will take them far from the safety of Wishbone Avenue and into the depths of the unknown and the secrets of the past. However, nothing could prepare these unlikely heroes for facing their own inner demons and the realization that Aurora and Boreas are on this quest together, whether they want to be or not.
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:
3 Book Set ~ A Quiet Strength, A Searching Heart & The Tender Years By Janette Oke
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This is my first published childrens book available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle @ $2.99 and Barnes and Noble. A short read, only 36 pages. I'm sure you will love it. At a affordable price! Enjoy!
As an author, it is always nice to get a new review. I have been fortunate that readers have taken the time and effort to write them. I really appreciate it. Here are my last two reviews. They are short but sweet (the "motion of the ocean" thing) lol.
5.0 out of 5 stars - "What a great writer"
"I have read many memoirs of the Vietnam War and the humor and writing style of this great veteran was awesome. I read this book over a two day period- barely put it down." - Published 1 day ago by OsakaBop 4.0 out of 5 stars - "Everything Happened in Nam"
"It was as if I was with Thompson side by side. This book kept you on the edge of your seat." - Published 12 days ago by Andy Edwards"EVERYTHING HAPPENED IN VIETNAM: THE YEAR OF THE RAT" A Memoir by Robert Peter Thompson (USMC 1967-1969)An excerpt from the chapter: "RED LIGHT" "And this is how I will always remember it. Something happened as the red light reflected off the ground and the interior of the hole and off the utterly still and lifeless bodies of the three Marines, seemingly posed close together, collapsed with the weight of the dead in the now starkly illuminated depression below me. Although all was still and all was quiet, it felt like a bitterly cold and damaging wind was blowing right through me. Through the very pores and cells of my motionless upright body. Blowing with a roar through my skull and my thoughtless brain. Coming from all directions at once but emanating especially from the frozen and wide open eyes of the one in the center. The one sitting upright against the far side of the hole facing and apparently staring, straight into me. It was Johnny the New Guy."
All the best,Robert Peter ThompsonAuthor of:
Everything Happened In Vietnam: The Year Of The Rat – Print $11.95
My Book Website: http://www.everythinghappenedinvietnam.com/ - (see my slideshow)
Well after I read Marked by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast of course, I had to move on to Betrayed. This book was good but I almost knew who Zoey was going to be betrayed by, or at least I had a good idea who it might be.
Zoey continues to be that sweet girl you would want for a best friend. She does have a few problems she is dealing with and that would be some boys in her life she cannot make up her mind she wants to be with. However, one big problem with one of her boyfriends, he is human.
She soon finds herself meeting Heath at a local Starbucks after a day of shopping, knowing she should not see him as it is against the rules of The House of Night. Zoey finds herself saying what she has to say and proceeds to get in her car to leave and Heath gets in the car as well.
He is very insistent especially after he finds out they have started to Imprint, he tells Zoey he is cool with that, and she tells him that it has to end between them and he needs to forget about the night that this all started to begin. But Heath will have no part of it he gets into her car and takes out a small razor blade and drew it down the side of his neck.....
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