Year of the Monkey

Year of the Monkey

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by Ronald Argo
     
 

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An epic war story of two American soldiers trapped in a web of corruption and death during Vietnam s shattering Tet Offensive. In stunning scenes of combat and intrigue, Payne and Willingham are forced into a covert CIA operation that hurls them into Vietnam s true heart of darkness where body-count politics defines the essence of America s dirty little war and

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An epic war story of two American soldiers trapped in a web of corruption and death during Vietnam s shattering Tet Offensive. In stunning scenes of combat and intrigue, Payne and Willingham are forced into a covert CIA operation that hurls them into Vietnam s true heart of darkness where body-count politics defines the essence of America s dirty little war and shifting loyalties, more than grenades and AK-47 fire, decide who lives and who dies. Year of the Monkey takes us to a place we have not seen before in a war we only thought we knew.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this grim, harshly ambient Vietnam War novel by award-winning journalist and Vietnam veteran Argo, a soldier's court-martial for the apparent murder of his Army buddy serves as the frame for a nightmarish flashback. Soldier Russell Payne is an Army reporter whose life is relatively easy until the appearance of Willingham, a wild, undisciplined enlistee who arrives, seemingly out of nowhere, to join Payne's unit. An internal investigation team wants Payne to foster a friendship with Willingham, whom they say is a survivor of a renegade commander's illegal guerrilla squad. What eventually moves Payne to kill Willingham--a fate made known in the first chapter--serves as the author's hook, and the climactic twist delivered by Argo is both surprising and credible. Argo's Vietnam is very much the one readers and film-goers have come to know in recent years--a pestilent netherworld of inhuman living conditions and impossibly murky moral choices. This unsparing story is an effective confirmation of those portrayals. (July)
Library Journal
Sent by the Army to a journalism post in Vietnam, Payne is thrown in with battle veteran Willingham. Payne is ordered by the CIA to spy on his new buddy and is sent on a series of assignments, using his journalist's status as a cover. When he meets Saang, a native girl who may be Viet Cong, he is swept up in still more ambiguous adventures. What Payne eventually learns: deception and destruction are multiplied to cover up even more devious activities--on both sides. A stunning climax leaves Willingham dead and Payne standing court martial for his murder. This is an exciting novel that gives the reader much to ponder. No other Vietnam novel this reviewer has read conveys so achingly the subterfuge, duplicity, frustration and cover-ups of the Vietnam War. Highly recommended.-- Robert H. Donahugh, Youngstown and Mahoning Cty. P.L., Ohio

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780595268665
Publisher:
iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/07/2003
Pages:
386
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.99(d)

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Year of the Monkey 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a novel that actully takes you there. I do not normally read "war" but glad I read this it is suspenseful and not full of all that tech stuff. I plan to buy all of his other books . The book reaches into your soul.
Guest More than 1 year ago
an unsung voice from the vietnam war...as a fan of war literature, i'm surprised this book hasn't reached canonical status..i really enjoyed it and highly recommend it to anyone who is even marginally interested in psychology, political intrigue, wartime morality, and the malleability of the human soul...