The Return: A Novel of Vietnam [NOOK Book]

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When LCDR Pete Brauer, former U.S. Navy SEAL (retired), dies in Florida, he dies clutching in his hands the portrait of a beautiful French-Vietnamese girl that has hung on his wall for more than twenty years.
“I will never forgive myself, Pollack,” Brauer told his neighbor and friend, U.S. Army Lt. Col. Jack Kazmarek (retired). “I don’t think God will either.”
“We’ve all done...
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The Return: A Novel of Vietnam

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Overview

When LCDR Pete Brauer, former U.S. Navy SEAL (retired), dies in Florida, he dies clutching in his hands the portrait of a beautiful French-Vietnamese girl that has hung on his wall for more than twenty years.
“I will never forgive myself, Pollack,” Brauer told his neighbor and friend, U.S. Army Lt. Col. Jack Kazmarek (retired). “I don’t think God will either.”
“We’ve all done things,” Kazmarek replied. “Especially in Vietnam.”
“We haven’t all done what I done.”
After Pete’s death, Kazmarek sets out on a quest to discover the relationship between Pete and the Eurasian girl in the photograph, Mhai, and to lay to rest the demons which haunted his friend throughout his life. The quest leads him back to Vietnam, a return that many combat veterans of Vietnam are making to old battlefields and old memories.
In the process of uncovering details of the romance between a Navy SEAL fighting in the Mekong Delta and the beautiful enemy he wounds and captures, Kazmarek must confront personal demons that he has also attempted to suppress since TET 1968 and the fighting that erupted around the VC village of Vain Tho. Although their paths had not crossed in Vietnam, the Navy SEAL Brauer and the army infantry platoon leader Kazmarek had fought in the same area of operations, against the same warlord of the Delta, the mysterious Commander Minh.
Kazmarek finds himself re-living old nightmares of the horrors of war in Vietnam. Drawn inexorably back to Vain Tho and to what occurred there over three decades previously, he finds that his path and Pete’s must have crossed after all--in Vain Tho during a battle in which both men had “done things.” He finds himself not only confronting the past, but also reenacting it when Commander Minh, now also an old man, emerges to even the score.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780970750716
  • Publisher: Deadly Niche Press
  • Publication date: 11/18/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 25,876
  • File size: 471 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2014

    Highly recommended for Vietnam Nam era population

    I grew up with guys my age being drafted for Vietnam. Now, after reading The Return, I finally understand how this war was different from others that involved US soldiers and why it was so hard to talk about afterwards. I probably could have used a little less military talk, but it was still a good read.

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