by Brendan DuBois


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Nearly 40 years after the end of the Vietnam War, the fate of those airmen listed as Missing In Action have remained a mystery... until now.

In "Betrayed," award-winning mystery and thriller author Brendan DuBois writes a harrowing tale of "what if" that begins with a knock on the door.

Late at night, small-town newspaper editor Jason Harper answers the door, revealing a dirty, bearded and disheveled stranger on his doorstep. This stranger has an amazing tale: its his brother, Roy Harper, a B-52 pilot shot down in North Vietnam in 1972, who has been held captive for decades, and who has recently escaped, with armed gunmen on his trail...

The two brothers then begin a harrowing journey, trying to survive and outwit their armed pursuers, and more importantly, trying to make public Roy Harper's incredible story of survival, and the location of scores of other MIAs, who are still alive, and who are still awaiting rescue after all these years...


"DuBois, whose Resurrection Day (1999) had JFK's Bay of Pigs debacle actually starting WWIII, sets up another frighteningly plausible scenario in his latest smart and heartbreaking thriller. Suppose a group of Vietnam MIAs had been secretly shipped to the Soviet Union, where intelligence agents grilled them constantly for almost 30 years? What would've happened to these men when the U.S.S.R. fell apart? In DuBois's version, one of them -- Capt. Roy Harper, a bomber pilot shot down in 1972 -- makes it back home to Berwick, Maine, where he promises to tell his younger brother, Jason, the fantastic story. But before he can continue, two heavily armed Russian mercenaries break in, kill the family dog and threaten Jason, his wife, Patty, and six-year-old son, Paul, with a similar fate... As we learn what happened to Roy and his fellow MIAs, and as the Harper brothers try to get the story out to the world via a New Hampshire TV station, readers who lived through the Vietnam era will be hard pressed not to be tightly gripped and moved to tears." -- Publisher's Weekly

"Brendan DuBois is a fine novelist and easily the best short-story writer of his generation." -- New York Times bestselling author Lee Child

"Brendan DuBois is a fine writer, at the top of his game." -- New York Times bestselling author William Martin

"...Brendan DuBois is one of the two or three finest short story writers of my time." --- mystery editor and author Ed Gorman

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With expanded material and a new Author's Afterward for the paperback edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492110521
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/15/2013
Pages: 390
Sales rank: 647,376
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Brendan DuBois of New Hampshire is the award-winning author of sixteen novels and nearly 130 short stories. This edition is the first paperback publication of this edition of "Betrayed," which was previously published by St. Martin's Press. He is also a one-time "Jeopardy!" game show champion.

His short fiction has appeared in Playboy, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and numerous other magazines and anthologies including "The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century," published in 2000 by Houghton-Mifflin. Another one of his short stories appeared in in "The Year's Best Science Fiction 22nd Annual Collection" (St. Martin's Griffin, 2005) edited by Gardner Dozois

His short stories have twice won him the Shamus Award from the Private Eye Writers of America, and have also earned him three Edgar Allan Poe Award nominations from the Mystery Writers of America. Visit his website at

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Betrayed 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While I love DuBois short stories, I was a little hesitant he could keep my interest in a full length book. I am so glad I bought this, because not only did I enjoy this book start to finish, now I wish all his stories were book length. I still haven't figured out why his name isn't out there with all the bestsellers when his writing style and storylines are far more superior. Perhaps readers like certains authors that churn out the same story, new names? I guess I like books that can carry their own and give me as a reader something new ro think about. If you love descriptive writing, well balanced stories, then you found your author. If you dont read short stories because you think they dont measure up to a full read, check out his Dark Snow book. Each story gives you more than other full length books so you feel like you just got a stack of bestsellers....stories packed with such a punch, it feels like you just read more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like this author's short stories, but this novel didn't keep my interest. The Vietnam era aspect, and descriptions, were good, but the story lost me with its multiple change of point of view, cardboard characters, and predictable plot. A disappointing effort from an otherwise good author.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1972, the brass declared Air Force pilot Roy Harper missing in action when his B-52 plane went down in Nam. His parents and his younger brother Jason prayed that he would be freed during the 1973 Operation Homecoming, but Roy was not one of the fortunate soldiers returned to the Americans. Over the years, Roy¿s family lived around the hope that one day he would call.

Thirty years later, Roy¿s family believes he is dead and his remains will never be returned. Jason is married with a small son and manages Maine¿s Berwick Banner newspaper. One night, a straggly looking person visits Jason, claiming to be Roy, and proving his point with a personal reference to a Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. That same evening, two mercenaries invade the Harper home with a mission to capture Roy and kill the witnesses. They survive, but the Harpers are targets of mercenaries whose employers need them dead before they reveal the secret behind what happened to the MIAs.

Left wing conspiracy buffs will appreciate BETRAYED, a tale that pulls no punches from the start and never slows down until the final left hook is thrown though the right wing will insist Doonsbury and clearly not Fox News wrote this novel. The story line focuses on how far the ¿in power¿ will go to keep dirty laundry buried even killing innocent people to assure interment of secrets. The apple pie Harper family comes across as feasible victims of a fiendish plot to hide the truth as Brendan DuBois makes it clear what he thinks of the DC crowd when it comes to betraying the people.

Harriet Klausner