Parmeter's easy-going, familiar writing style first enjoyed by readers in his books, The Last Tear Drop and Lumberton, comes to life again in War Stories and Little White Lies. He brings the telling sights, sounds, and smells of Southeast Asia to readers in this vibrant story about people on both sides and the way they saw the war. War Stories and Little White Lies is full of tales of daily life in a combat zone intermingled with humor and classic anecdotes of getting through the day. The few forays into a combat scenario are handled with a sense of good taste and descriptive flair that makes readers feel as if they are there. Some of the stories are those of the author and some are observed by the author, but they all happened, as the stories are about real people and real events. Walk the streets of Tudo Street in Saigon, feel the carnival like atmosphere in the middle of a tragic war, and sense the smell of cordite as a sapper attack unexpectedly erupts. The tale is centered in and around Monkey Mountain, Son Tra Peninsula, a few kilometers north of Danang. For veterans, it will bring back memories of the good and the bad and, for civilians who have never been to war, it will enlighten you tastefully and artistically about daily life in a combat zone. It is a must read for all walks of life, both young and old.
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