Once upon a Mulberry Field

Once upon a Mulberry Field

by C. L. Hoang

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780989975674
Publisher: Willow Stream Publishing
Publication date: 02/14/2014
Pages: 392
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.87(d)
Age Range: 1 - 17 Years

About the Author

C. L. Hoang was born and raised in South Vietnam and came to the United States in the 1970s. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, and earns his living as an electronic engineer, with eleven patents to his name to date. Books, history, and travel are his hobbies, and ONCE UPON A MULBERRY FIELD, a love story set at the height of the Vietnam War, is his first novel, a project from the heart that took six years to complete.

* Honorable Mention (General Fiction), 2015 Eric Hoffer Literary Award
* Honorable Mention, Writer's Digest 22nd Annual Self-Published Book Awards (2014)
* Gold Medal Winner (Historical Literature Fiction), 2014 Global Ebook Awards
* Grand Prize Winner (Fiction), 2014 LuckyCinda Book Contest
* Finalist (Historical Fiction), 2014 National Indie Excellence Book Awards

Visit his website at: www.mulberryfieldsforever.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/clhoangauthor
Twitter: www.twitter.com/clhoang

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Once upon a Mulberry Field 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Paula Tran for Readers' Favorite This wonderful, touching novel, Once Upon a Mulberry Field by C.L. Hoang, follows the memories and experiences of Roger, a widower now living in a senior community home. Although he is significantly older than most protagonists in the fiction book market, Roger is an active senior despite the looming cancer that is slowly eating away his life. He refuses to be tied down and restricted by his illness and old age. When he receives a letter from an old friend back in USAF, telling him that an old acquaintance from Vietnam is here to see him, Roger is brought back into the world of his flashbacks. His time in Vietnam was filled with conflict, but also filled with love and hope. The first thing that I noticed and am impressed about is how historically accurate Roger's time in Vietnam was. The author's use of military jargon and vocabulary is incredible. The descriptions of the terrain, military gear, and combat are colourful, adding to the story and the context of the novel. More importantly, the characters all fit into the environment, and no one seems unrealistic or out of place. The author's grasp of what Southern Vietnam was like during the '60s and '70s is strong, and it is obvious that C.L. Hoang spent a long time doing research. I do think the plot is pretty slow paced at times. This might be deliberate to build development in Roger's character or to familiarize readers with the war, but I think a faster paced story line will have readers anxious to know what will happen next. Otherwise, this was a real page turner!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The nuances of times and circumstances provide the logical setting for this emotional story of love and war. There was nothing one could do but the right thing. Personally, this book brought memories of privileged life and deeply indebted to the soldiers who had risked their life for us to attend school and be "normal". LQNgo