WAR PAINT is a quirky thriller and a naval warfare story like no other from the Vietnam War. It is April 1972 and the fading war has suddenly reawakened with the Easter Offensive, a massive invasion by North Vietnam into South Vietnam. United States troop strength in the war has fallen to new lows and twenty-year-old surfer Jeffs Ryder is a new member of the crew of a destroyer known as the Rat at the very time that the United States Navy has become the tip of the spear in repelling this aggression. He and his fianc?e Cathy?s lives are turned upside down as his ship and many others are sent to the war. Unknown to Jeffs and the crew of the destroyer, their most dangerous enemy is not the one they expect. A secret group committed to the destruction of the ship, and an unbalanced navy fleet commander have joined forces in a conspiracy to send the Rat on a perilous mission and a confrontation with patrol boats carrying ship killing missiles.
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This is a great story about tincan sailors in the later part of the Vietnam war. Admiral Zumalt had made a lot of changes in the early 1970s to encourage the all volunteer force and improve conditions for the enlisted men with his infamous Z-Grams. This created some very wide swings in how sailors on the smaller crewed ships lived and related with their officers. Brian Lehman captures the crazy characters all navy men and women have worked with in their tours. He also gives some insight into the minds of soldiers on both sides during these tumulus times. For those who served in the tincan navy of the 70s, this brings back great memories and for those looking for a colorful story about the US Navy of the 1970s, this is it. A very fun read with a good mixture of drama.