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Common Valor
     

Common Valor

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by Curtis Rich
 

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Want to know the difference between a fairy tale and a war story? A fairy tale starts off, �Once upon a time.�� A war story starts off, �Now this ain�t no.�� So there will be no doubt, we will begin this story�Once upon a time, there was Vietnam. U.S. Army Colonel Frank Davis needed a knight-errant for an impossible quest. He chose Jim Anderson. The quest was to

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Want to know the difference between a fairy tale and a war story? A fairy tale starts off, �Once upon a time.�� A war story starts off, �Now this ain�t no.�� So there will be no doubt, we will begin this story�Once upon a time, there was Vietnam. U.S. Army Colonel Frank Davis needed a knight-errant for an impossible quest. He chose Jim Anderson. The quest was to perform Long Range Reconnaissance Patrols (LRRPs) using Vietnamese troops. If there was a more dangerous job in Vietnam than LRRPs, it was using Vietnamese troops. This put Anderson on a collision course with an implacable foe, a dangerous colonel, and with �the fairest maiden in the land,� Sue Ellen Hagerty, a nurse who was experiencing the horrors of war up close and personal. Of Anderson�s impossible quests, the quest to survive would be the toughest of all.

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BN ID:
2940013337855
Publisher:
America Star Books
Publication date:
05/29/2007
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
723 KB

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Common Valor 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
JLJameson More than 1 year ago
Curt Rich needed the same PR guy and publisher that Karl Marlantes has but obviously couldn't find them or they him. If Rich had been fortunate enough to have found them first, Marlantes's "Matterhorn" would likely have been considered a follow on novel by the press. Curt wrote an action novel called "Common Valor" about the adventures of a dashing young advisor, CPT Jim Anderson, during his tour in Vietnam in the late sixties and early seventies (imagine me reading something like that). CV was published several years prior to Marlantes work but we never saw hide nor hair of Curt Rich until now. I recently finished CV and I liked it.....a lot. It has all the intensity of Matterhorn but counters a little of the macho attitude found there by including the story of a beautiful and heroic young Army nurse and her equally intense service in the emergency departments and wards of combat hospitals in Vietnam. CV also tells the stories of the people of Vietnam whose lives were lived with the constant specter of violent death from either direction of the political compass depending on who was in control and the time of day. He rightfully honors the memory of the many brave young South Vietnamese soldiers who fought exceptionally valiantly and well in units all over the country in the face of shortages of war fighting supplies and constant disrespect by the officers and men of conventional US units. CV is fiction but it is very obviously based on the author's experiences and most ring very true to folks who also served as advisors to unconventional South Vietnamese forces. I think Curt Rich's blending and weaving of those real experiences with good fiction involving an underlying love story and stories of men facing and overcoming their fears or sometimes failing is masterful. Rich even explains the difference between a war story and a fairytale at the beginning and then goes on to string them together in an epic complete with white knights, heroes, villains, dragons and damsels in distress......all wearing jungle fatigues or Ho Chi Minh sandals! If you have read Marlantes's "Matterhorn" I don't think that you will find Rich's "Common Valor" better or worse. You will find, though, that the two books together compliment each other very well and tell excellent fictional stories of two separate wars being fought at the same time in the same place by very similar people. The two wars concept (maybe three, if you talk to Army nurses) is well known by the few who served as advisors and is often discussed at reunions. It is nice to see it acknowledged so eloquently by Curt Rich's "Common Valor". Highly recommended!
LoreleiTX More than 1 year ago
"Want to know the difference between a fairy tale and a war story? A fairy tale starts off, 'Once upon a time..' A war story starts off, 'Now this ain't no..' So there will be no doubt, we will begin this story.Once upon a time, there was Vietnam." From the very beginning you are drawn into this book and will find it hard to put down. It is obvious the author was there and "tells it like it was," but in such a way that even if you don't like war stories, you'll enjoy this one. If you are a romantic at heart, you'll love this book.