Palace Dog

Palace Dog

by R.E. Nelson

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Overview

In April 1975, as the government in Saigon is falling, Michael Andrews prepares to make his way back to Vietnam to find the love he was forced to leave. But Michael’s journey begins four years earlier. He joins the Air Force to keep out of the Army and out of Vietnam, but his first assignment is teaching English in Saigon to members of the Vietnamese military in an Army program called Palace Dog. As an artist, and a man, before his time in Vietnam, Michael found life lonely and unsatisfying. In the midst of war, Michael searches for direction and meaning. He ultimately finds love and hope with Thao, a young Vietnamese art student, only to have their already uncertain future wrenched from them when he is pulled out of the country. For Michael, his return in 1975 is inevitable and without question, though the outcome he hopes for is anything but assured.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781632165374
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC
Publication date: 02/27/2015
Edition description: First Edition,First edition
Pages: 206
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(d)

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In April 1975, as the government in Saigon is falling, Michael Andrews prepares to make his way back to Vietnam to find the love he was forced to leave.


But Michael’s journey begins four years earlier. He joins the Air Force to keep out of the Army and out of Vietnam, but his first assignment is teaching English in Saigon to members of the Vietnamese military in an Army program called Palace Dog.


As an artist, and a man, before his time in Vietnam, Michael found life lonely and unsatisfying. In the midst of war, Michael searches for direction and meaning. He ultimately finds love and hope with Thao, a young Vietnamese art student, only to have their already uncertain future wrenched from them when he is pulled out of the country.


For Michael, his return in 1975 is inevitable and without question, though the outcome he hopes for is anything but assured.


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InkedRainbowReads More than 1 year ago
ThreeandHalfStars In 1972, a group of drafted US Air Force men with college degrees are deployed to Vietnam to teach English to members of the Vietnamese Armed Forces. Lonely and homesick, Michael ventures into Saigon. When Tuan, a student, takes him home, Michael falls hard for his younger brother Thao. Thao and Michael share a love of art and photography. Slowly, the two men build a relationship that must come to an end when Michael is posted elsewhere. Nelson shines new light on a war that has faded from memory in the face of more recent conflicts. The sense of place in this story is brilliant; tiny details make the city and the time period come to life beautifully. This Saigon is a complex, confusing place and Nelson’s gay Airman is part of an antiquated military now unfamiliar to us. The build-up to Michael and Thao’s relationship is long and slow; this is probably very historically accurate, but it doesn’t always make for compelling reading. Likewise, Nelson captures the tedium experienced by the teachers who are caught far from home yet also far from the excitement and fear of battle. Again, this feels very real, but it doesn’t necessarily make for a gripping read. The ending feels forced. True historical accuracy would make Michael and Thao one of the thousands of couples forcibly separated by the conflict, and Mimi, as the child of an American Airman, would become part of a burgeoning, despised underclass that emerged after the conflict. But this is a romance. So we take the historical accuracy when it is offered and we suspend our disbelief when we’re told to. What we’re left with is a sweet story of two gentle men caught up in a grizzly, uncontrollable conflict. I was given this in return for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads. ~Sarah
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although a gay romance novel - the book Palace Dog was an accurate description of life as a soldier in Vietnam. Life in the barracks at MACV headquarters, performing Perimeter Defense. Force duty as a member of the MACV DefenseForce, shifts of an instructor at the Defense English Language School & riding a cyclo through downtown Saigon are all well captured in this brilliantly written little novel.