Wounded - A Novel Beyond Love and War [NOOK Book]

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Historical Fiction, Vietnam, Southeast Asia

History teaches that when incompatible visions of the world collide, young men die. For the generation that fought in Vietnam many did die, and many more were wounded-some physically, some emotionally, some even romantically. The combat scenes in Wounded are vivid and ugly; some show heroism, but they do not glorify armed conflict. On the other hand, war can reveal the human imperative to endure ...
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Overview

Historical Fiction, Vietnam, Southeast Asia

History teaches that when incompatible visions of the world collide, young men die. For the generation that fought in Vietnam many did die, and many more were wounded-some physically, some emotionally, some even romantically. The combat scenes in Wounded are vivid and ugly; some show heroism, but they do not glorify armed conflict. On the other hand, war can reveal the human imperative to endure under life-threatening conditions. Such moments demand a counterpoint, a personal connection, and when survival is in the balance, human love triumphs.

Some look back at that tumultuous time with sadness, some with pride, and some, still, in anger. But we are all compelled to look back.

Long Binh, Republic of Vietnam, 1970, Lieutenant Alexander Marwick, unlike his friends attached to combat units, is mired in a backwater of the Vietnam War, serving as an aide-de-camp to an irascible general and salvaging his self-esteem following a failed romance with Cléo, an American Red Cross volunteer. His eagerly anticipated return to the States is interrupted by the arrival of his stepfather, a powerful U.S. senator who comes to Vietnam with an assignment-a clandestine diplomatic mission to find the elusive Le Van Duc, a mysterious and immensely wealthy Vietnamese veteran with contacts in the North Vietnamese Politburo. Finding and then convincing Duc to relay a secret peace proposal is the most audacious of the U. S. government's efforts to orchestrate an end to the war in Vietnam.

Marwick reluctantly accepts the assignment, which takes him to Duc's lavish hidden residence near the Golden Triangle in eastern Burma, to the back alleys of Bangkok, to a reunion with Khanh, Duc's exotic daughter-an intimate friend from Marwick's college days in Paris-to a convent in Communist-infested Cambodia, and finally to the British hill station of Darjeeling, India.

Once a naive, frivolous junior army officer, Marwick becomes an adroit and resourceful player in a high-stakes and perilous game of international intrigue. In the course of his mission his honor and courage are put to an even more demanding test when he accepts responsibility for an abandoned newborn.

Twenty-two years later, at this child's college graduation, a reconciliation takes place, and the drama that was Vietnam is finally laid to rest.

Twelve years in the making and loosely based on the author's eighteen months in Vietnam and Southeast Asia in 1969−1970, this coming-of-age adventure story unfolds amidst tense scenes of war, personal tragedy, and a turbulent love affair.
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Editorial Reviews

on-line - Janet Hulstrand
Wounded is a sensitive story about a brutish time in a beautiful part of the world torn apart by war. Drawing on his experiences as an Army lieutenant in Vietnam in 1969-70, Richard Gaines Graham has created a gripping tale of intrigue and frustrated love. Although the time he writes about is a very dark one, the ultimate message of the story is that life offers both the possibility and the reality of understanding, forgiveness, redemption, even after the ugliest things possible have occurred.
0n-line - Wilfred L. Painter, Jr.
A wonderful read, unexpected plot twists, vivid imagery, realistic. A 20-year-old LT when I went to Vietnam, I wrestled with many of the same emotional/moral challenges that LT Marwick faced. "Wounded" brought back memories - sad, bittersweet, funny. For those who were there, the vignettes will trigger flashbacks of Saigon, Donut Dollies, crazy stunts, the beauty of the country, the stark contrast between life in the field & life in the rear, between idealism & pragmatism. Well done. Bravo Zulu.
on-line - Technothriller Fan
There are many excellent Vietnam novels, most are set in combat units. Graham has penned a different and intriguing tale about a young, enthusiastic, Army artillery officer. The member of a prominent family, he becomes disillusioned in Vietnam. A story, peppered with realistic men and women seeking survival and love in the caldron that was Vietnam. He captures the dedication, emotions, fears, and joys of the men and women fighting a war their nation does not understand or support.
on-line - Louise Appell
I practically inhaled this book! A great story, well told. I read a lot of WWII works in order to write my own books with some degree of authenticity, and so I know how infrequently writers of war stories capture the emotions as well as the sound and smell and visceral impact of battle. But in this case the author has managed to do it. The descriptions of Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand are wonderfully lush and brought this reader back to her travels in those countries.
on-line - Suzanne Plasseraud
Difficult to put down once begun, "Wounded" addresses a broad audience: readers interested in the Far East, the Vietnam War, military matters in general, clandestine intrigues, drug trafficking, and/or international affairs. But more generally, the story speaks to the issues of personal growth, faithfulness, friendship, and love. A book for both male and female readers.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013150911
  • Publisher: Maharg Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 314
  • Sales rank: 901,231
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Richard Gaines Graham grew up near Annapolis, Maryland, the happy child of Willyne and Herbert Graham.

Following graduation from Severn School in Severna Park, MD, and an un-apologetically average academic career at Princeton as an engineering student, where he played lacrosse and imported weekend dates from upscale girls’ schools, Richard graduated and was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He then won a one-year, all-expense-paid, U.S. Government fellowship to study the culture of a hitherto little-known Southeast Asian country.


Stationed at Long Binh Post near Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City) in 1969-1970, he held various jobs at the 219th Military Intelligence Detachment, at the Headquarters Company at II Field Force, and with the 2nd Civil Affairs Company.

Rather than return directly to the U.S. after his discharge from the Army in May 1970, Richard chose to travel throughout Southeast Asia, Burma, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, and Turkey. “I figured I was here in this really exotic and interesting part of the world, and all I’d seen for twelve months was the inside of a barbed-wire enclosed compound and miles and miles of rice paddies from a helicopter 1000 feet up. Why not travel a little? By the time I got home six months later, I’d lost twenty pounds and picked up a tape worm, but during those travels I saw a dozen unique cultures and discovered how remarkably well people get along with very little. It was an edifying experience.”

Returning from overseas, he enrolled in the University of California at Berkeley and completed an MBA degree. There he met the vivacious former Denise Eugénie Maryse Pourchier, and following three years of determined wooing and tough negotiations, they were married in Nice, France, where they remained for fourteen years. During this time, Richard taught math and science and eventually became the headmaster of the American International School on the Côte d’Azur; befriended corrupt local politicians; and frequented the casinos of Monte Carlo.

Richard’s choice of wife was clearly his most intelligent life decision. Denise produced and helped raise two admirable children, and the family returned to “the Big PX” in 1989. They currently live in Washington, DC.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2013

    Graham's novel entertains from start to finish, as he suspends r

    Graham's novel entertains from start to finish, as he suspends readers in the most intense parts of war, romance, and the difficult decisions that need to be made when stakes are at their highest

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  • Posted January 24, 2013

    I expected a typical war account but Richard Graham's "Woun

    I expected a typical war account but Richard Graham's "Wounded" is so not that story. It is an engaging, thoughtful page turner centering on the gamut of human emotions experienced by an intelligence officer in the midst of the Vietnam War. Highly readable, enjoyable, and revealing, this book appeals to both male and female, military savvy or not.

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  • Posted October 25, 2012

    Falling between the comedy of human failngs and the breathaking

    Falling between the comedy of human failngs and the breathaking possibilities of human hope, "Wounded" is utimately a journey of self-realization and actualization. Given the extradorindary range of perspectives available on the Vietnam War, this novel offers another view. It is a brutal examination of the war itself but has the twist of personal involvement. Balancing the immediate search for an individual against the back drop of the chaos of the military and the civil, the reader begins to understand the protagonist. Complicated by the corruption, sense of duty and the love for an illusive female, the principal character illicits sympathy from the reader through his own sense of duty and desire. "Wounded" retains the freshness of a first-told tale, but has sufficient depth in characterizaton that requires the reader to once again read through the novel to fully appreciate the complex relationships. It is not a novel to be assessed upon the first reading, but savored over several, taking in the details which might not initially be apparent given the swift plot development. There are jewels of description which reveal thoughtful and considered understanding of setting, tone and mood.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2012

    The vivid imagery of "Wounded" takes you through many

    The vivid imagery of "Wounded" takes you through many exotic locations in the South East Asia of the 70's where you can feel and smell the kaleidoscope of raw sensations in this war-torn region. I thoroughly enjoyed the way the characters discovered more about themselves through their messy relationships that simmer, splutter, stall and sometimes even become fulfilled in a series of twists and turns that are finally settled half a world away a generation later.

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  • Posted August 25, 2012

    Accurate and Enjoyable

    Searching for books about the Viet Nam war years when I was there, I stumbled upon Richard Graham's novel. I was looking for information on the 219th M.I.D., the unit I was attached to. Richard was there at the TOC and knows what he is talking about. He spins an exciting story around army military intelligence and romance in a time when Southeast Asia was torn by war and intrigue. If you were there, it is hard to let those memories go. It is a good account of places and military activity in those years around the Cambodian invasion. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Posted July 24, 2012

    Richard Gaines Graham’s novel Wounded reveals the emotiona

    Richard Gaines Graham’s novel Wounded reveals the emotional, psychological, and physical wounds suffered by many Viet Nam War Veterans. It accurately depicts the war and the Cambodian invasion in 1970. This novel, filled as it is with the trappings of a good “read”--intrigue, mystery, romance and the human conflict—additionally recreates first-hand the emotions of war as experienced by those who lived it and endured, forever flawed.
    Viet Nam veterans were not welcomed home by an adoring public. Their wounded were cared for anonymously, their dead buried with few honors. Without glamorizing the war, Graham provides the long-absent tribute and gratitude that were systemically withheld from these heroes.
    Read Wounded for the excellent novel that it is; remember it as a light shining brightly but belatedly on some almost forgotten heroes.
    I was honored to serve in the field of conflict with Dick Graham and grateful for the subsequent 43 years of his friendship. It was my privilege to contribute in some small way to this work. For Viet Nam veterans reading this book—Welcome Home!

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  • Posted July 10, 2012

    Fascinating...

    I've always been fascinated by the politics of war. Not just what happens on the battlefield but the behind the curtain espionage and intrigue that only a select few witness. Richard Graham's first novel takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the brutal jungles of Southeast Asia and the seedy back alleys of Bangkok while set against the backdrop of a clandestine mission to end the Vietnam War. This is not another simplistic blood & guts war novel. But rather an intricately woven story of honor, courage, passion, and eventually closure. I'm already looking forward to Mr. Graham's next offering.

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  • Posted June 28, 2012

    Terrific Reading

    This book gave me a glimmer into this not much talked about war. But it is not so much a war story as it is a people story. Richard Graham's writing style pulled me into the story and kept me there until the finish. I as still thinking about the book. The story included so much emotion and intrigue and romance as well as the sorrows that come with war. This is a good book and I am happy I read it. Looking forward to another novel by Richard Graham.

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  • Posted June 28, 2012

    wonderful book!

    Awesome book! Richard takes you the jungles of Vietnam and infuses a love story, spy thriller and coming of age book all at once.. Must read for the beach.

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  • Posted June 23, 2012

    Highly recommended

    I really enjoyed reading Wounded - a well-written novel about love and war in Vietnam. I have read many novels and non-fiction books on Vietnam, and have seen many movies, and Wounded provided a unique insight into the soldier's life during wartime.

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  • Posted June 20, 2012

    Read it and be transported back in time!

    Extremely well-written. The author has a rare talent for drawing the reader into the story with subtle detail and touches that elicit both emotional and physical responses.

    Very well-done!I am looking forward to the next book by this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2012

    highly recommended

    For too many, this is an intentionally forgotten war which the author has made sure, with his intimate understanding of Vietnam and its neighbors, of the political landscape of this country and its erstwhile allies and foes, of being forced to come of age in the fields of battle, that whose whose lives were completely changed by the Vietnam War are given a voice which cannot be ignored. It is about time that someone has done this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2012

    Wounded - A novel beyond love and war

    a wonderful novel that kept me interested, on my toes, and more. I learned a lot about the army in the Vietnam war. The characters are fully developed and the plot kept me wondering about what would be until the end. The author must have had some of these experiences to write with such knowledge of them. I highly recommend this book from all points of view, whether you are searching for romance, espionage, war and much, much more..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2012

    A welcome addition to the Vietnam War reading list

    Wounded is a sensitive story about a brutish time in a beautiful part of the world torn apart by war. Drawing on his experiences as an Army lieutenant in Vietnam in 1969-70, Richard Gaines Graham has created a gripping tale of intrigue and frustrated love set in a period of American history that few of us know much about, and about which all of us should learn more. Graham is a graceful, gifted writer and his novel opens a window into this important and still largely unresolved period of our history. Although the time he writes about is a very dark one, the ultimate message of the story is that life offers both the possibility and the reality of understanding, forgiveness, redemption, even after the ugliest things possible have occurred. Time heals all wounds, perhaps not completely, but well enough for life to go on, and for things to get better. I highly recommend this book and am eagerly awaiting Graham's next novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2012

    Wounded worth the wait

    This novel has something for everyone: history, romance, nail-biting drama, espionage, reflection, and more. This is not just another war-fighting book, although there's plenty of that for the enthusiast. Characters are tested and developed in a variety of circumstances and settings. Cultural variables are explored with a depth that could only be reached through the author's wide-spread travels through the Asian sub-continent and his careful consideration of his own life experiences in the States, France, and the army. There's never a dull moment in Wounded , and the surprises keep on coming right up to the very end.

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  • Posted May 14, 2012

    Wounded, A Novel Beyond Love and War, is a picaresque and unlike

    Wounded, A Novel Beyond Love and War, is a picaresque and unlikely love story which uses the Vietnam war and its environs as the setting. Although not really a war story, it does have its moments, and those interested in a romantic romp through a difficult time in our history with a little bit of political intrigue and occasional gunfire tossed in, will probably find this quite satisfactory.

    ****

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  • Posted March 1, 2011

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    A different kind of Vietnam novel

    There are many excellent Vietnam novels, most are set in combat units. Graham has penned a different and intriguing tale about a young, enthusiastic, Army artillery officer. The member of a prominent family, he becomes disillusioned in Vietnam. A story, peppered with realistic men and women seeking survival and love in the caldron that was Vietnam. He captures the dedication, emotions, fears, and joys of the men and women fighting a war their nation does not understand or support. The novel begins with the main character, Lieutenant Alexander Marwick, who is General Claywood's aid-de-camp, following the general on an inspection tour of a howitzer firebase. Marwick, a trained Army artillery forward observer (FO) is unhappy with his assignment to II Field Force. He feels guilty that he is not doing the important job he for which he was trained, while others are in harms way. Instead, he is the lackey of a bitter general, an assignment that has made Marwick bitter too. The inspection tour is interrupted by a mortar attack-Marwick's first exposure to enemy fire. When they return to headquarters, Marwick learns that his stepfather, Senator Hughes, a man he dislikes, is at the embassy and has sent for him. They meet and Marwick discovers his mother is responsible for his "cushy" assignment. Hughes is there to recruit his stepson for a secret mission that will begin as soon as his tour is up. Marwick discovers his stepfather was in the OSS in WWII and worked with a man named Le Van Duc, a mysterious Vietnamese with connections to the "moderate" members of the North Vietnam politburo. Marwick accepts the senator's mission to deliver a letter to Le Van Duc. He had had an affair with Van Duc's daughter, Khanh, in Paris. The remainder of the story is about Marwick's adventures while seeking to make contact with Van Duc. The story has scenes of intense combat. His buddy from Fort Sill, Lieutenant Jack Riley, and three women, Cleo, Khanh, and Sally, complicate Marwick's life and mission. To say more will ruin the story for readers. Graham has a gift for describing scenes and places. He was there, and much of the background is based on his experiences. Wounded is not a thriller nor action novel. It is more of a spy novel, but even that is not a good description. However you describe the story, it is a captivating read and I highly recommend it.

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