Post by markpatrus on Oct 24, 2011 10:43:18 GMT -5
I finished reading 'Red Flags' by Juris Jurjevics which is an absolutely brilliant Vietnam War novel. The author is a Vietnam War veteran and spent two years compiling this book. Also with the advent of the internet, the author was able to find others he had served with and had shared experiences which are depicted in the book. The author's note in the end as well as statements in interviews, very little of what happens in 'Red Flags' is fiction. I highly recommend this novel. I had earlier posted an endorsement of 'Matterhorn' by Karl Marlentes who also is a combat veteran which follows a Marine battalion in the mountains near the Cambodian border and the frustrations of dealing with command and lack of supplies. 'Red Flags' deals with the futility and widespread corruption that made the American role is South Vietnam impossible to fill. The last page of the story put a lump in my throat that I thought I'd never swallow. Again, find 'Red Flags' and read it.