You haven’t read this kind of war story before…

A helicopter shrieks out of the night sky over Vietnam, crashing in enemy country, and a war-battered artillery scout and a shattered half company of infantrymen shove into murderous Viet Cong Valley to search for survivors at the risk of their own lives.  Each soldier slogs through the jungle adrift in a bizarre and private …

Backstory to a Classy Classic Western Series

If you know your Wild West history (and who doesn’t?), you’ll see in The Gunfighter some suspicious telltales pointing to the less-than-heroic truth about some fabulous frontier characters and their abrupt and violent intersection with an orphan lad, Ronas, who is so desperate to escape his poor and miserable life he’ll do just about anything. …

Meet Harry Seaburn, Thief, Romantic & Run Out of Luck

Yeah, the seven book Harry Seaburn Thriller Series starting with The Feathered Virgin tells the wild and mordantly comic story of a thief who is tough, brash, running on empty and wants a good woman, anybody’s good woman, but he tends to shoot people and what good woman would want him? It’s hard to know …

Finding Brigid O’Shaughnessy (and the Maltese Falcon)

I know a guy who knew Brigid O’Shaughnessy.  His name was Joe Gores.  And she was real.  It’s a great story.  Brigid, as you know, was the seductive murderess who drove Sam Spade to hunt down The Maltese Falcon  in Dashiell Hammett’s masterpiece of hard-boiled detective fiction.  Hammett had been a Pinkerton agent in San Francisco …

Teaching War to the Kids

The number of university and high school reading lists that include Ghost Soldiers for teaching the Vietnam war and the 1960s got me thinking about the sort of syllabus I’d advise for students if I were a teacher. Then  it hit me – there are plenty of good books and a few good movies about the war but …