Hearts, Minds, and Coffee: A Vietnam Peace Odyssey

Hearts, Minds, and Coffee: A Vietnam Peace Odyssey


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Hearts, Minds, and Coffee: A Vietnam Peace Odyssey by Kent Hinckley, Alexander von Ness

The Army assigned four anti-war soldiers to infested Viet Cong territory and expected them to be killed as had happened to the previous team. Instead they survived by befriending the locals in the village of Phan Lac. When a North Vietnamese division makes a surprise attack against a nearby U.S. regiment, these four dissidents despite enormous odds devise a ruse to save fellow Americans and the Vietnamese villagers. The plan was working until the Regiment's commander's helicopter, ignoring radio messages to leave, gets shot down nullifying the effective plan. The four soldiers become more exposed. Faced with certain death, they resort to radical tactics in hopes of saving Americans in the regiment, the villagers, the men in the chopper, and their lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780991545308
Publisher: Reyall Corporation
Publication date: 07/03/2014
Pages: 284
Sales rank: 848,931
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Born and raised in Palo Alto, California, Kent received a BA degree in Political Science from Stanford. After a two year stint in the Army (one year in Vietnam), he spent 16 years working for Bank of America which included five years living in Taiwan and Japan. He and his wife reside in San Diego with their two German shepherds.

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Hearts, Minds, and Coffee: A Vietnam Peace Odyssey 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
MichelleRMcCormick More than 1 year ago
I have read several war related books and also take a couple history classes in college, but never have I read one with quite the same perspective as "Hearts, Minds, and Coffee." Slater Marshall is a small town boy from Iowa who is the first in his family to graduate college. Like most graduates he has plans but those are sidetracked when he is drafted into the Vietnam War. Although he is opposed to the war, he finds himself off to boot camp and then shipped off to the jungle. Open with his peaceful beliefs, he is quickly on the bad side of a more traditional commander. The commander sends him along with 3 other soldiers on a mission with little to no expectations of survival. These four men band together and instead of trying to fight for their survival, simply befriend a Viet Cong village named Phan Lac and earn the trust of its villagers. The story is uplifting and I love that Slater has his peaceful beliefs and is able to actually live them in this crazy scary situation he finds himself in. I thought Kent Hinckley did a fantastic job of developing Slater and making him a believable leader to the band of misfits. I think that even though this may have been a work of fiction, it brings to light the realities of Vietnam and Slater's unique point of view. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves a good war story and I will be passing it along to my Dad in Afghanistan. I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
ebomb143 More than 1 year ago
An amazing novel written by an amazing writer, I could read this book over and over. The characters and story line are well developed and it was just a joy to read. My dad was drafted and served in Vietnam and doesn't talk about it much due to the circumstances that he endured. "Hearts, Minds, and Coffee" gave me an idea of what he went through but from a completely different perspective. The novel is descriptive but not in a "gory" way like I was expecting. I can't wait to pass this book along to my dad who I am sure will enjoy it just as much as I did. If you are looking for a different perspective on the Vietnam War then you will absolutely love this book! I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
KMH3030 More than 1 year ago
Hearts, Minds, and Coffee is an engaging story about Slater Marshall, a soldier in the Vietnam War, who tries to keep his peaceful beliefs while being stationed in dangerous territory. Slater has been given a dangerous assignment after his personal beliefs get him on the wrong side of a more traditional commander. As a leader in his new outpost, Slater finds that he might be able to influence the relationship of the few soldiers and nearby villagers, working toward creating relationships and peace instead of instilling fear and violence. I really liked how well written Slater Marshall was, I truly understood his motivations and he became a very believable leader with a point of view. I thought that the author handled the realities of the war well, and managed to create a believable situation where one small group of soldiers followed their own path, and shows their triumphs and tragedies. I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
S_Kate More than 1 year ago
I really wanted to like this book. The premise of the story was compelling and unique, with interesting characters. I liked that the book took a different, fresh take on the Vietnam war. However, the plodding, robotic writing style made it very difficult to finish; the book read more like a textbook than a work of fiction. Some examples: "After a few minutes, Slater learned that Lan scraped her hand...when she fell. Slater saw the infected gash." "Slater decided to interrupt the conversation." The author often makes one of the cardinal errors in storytelling: "telling" instead of "showing." It would be better if he allowed us to get to know a character through their actions or thoughts instead of telling us everything there is to know about him or her right upfront. It would also read as less robotic if he didn't introduce everything that Slater was planning to do before he did it.