It is 1968. The US naval war in Vietnam is at peak level of intensity. USS Ticonderoga, Attack Carrier 14, is in the Gulf of Tonkin for her fifth combat cruise of the war prosecuting Operation Rolling Thunder. The historical naval novel has moved forward from the Napoleonic Wars of C.S.... read more
A marine awarded for valor at Khe Sanh in 1967 is accused of assault after liberty in Hong Kong in 1968. Two bright naval officers are asked to undertake what superficialily appears to be a hopeless defense. By sheer devotion to justice and teanacity they learn of emerging theories of post... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
A marine awarded for valor at Khe Sanh in 1967 is accused of assault after liberty in Hong Kong in 1968. Two bright naval officers are asked to undertake what superficialily appears to be a hopeless defense. By sheer devotion to justice and teanacity they learn of emerging theories of post traumatic stress disorderand sense that it explains their client's behavior. This is the thrilling uphill fight that they undertake in a court-martial to see that justice is done.
““I haven’t seen any definitive data, but it’s safe to assume they will be higher than the dead and wounded. We are now using a phrase Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD, for short, to describe many of these casualties.” “Doctor, is that a phrase that some soft-minded, egghead shrink in Cambridge or Berkeley invented for this war?” Cannon turned his back to Stein and looked right at Lt. Radano when he asked the question."Not at all. It is all very real in military medicine. PTSD qualifies for cash disability payments with Congress and the Veterans Administration."”
Chapter 1. A Defense Team for LCPL Cachora, USMCp. 8
Chapter 2. Trouble for the Defense p. 25
Chapter 3. The Court-Martial of Lance Corporal Cachora, USMC p. 42
Chapter 4. Ltjg. Cannon Briefs the Court p. 90
Chapter 5. The Testimony of Lance Corporal Juan Cachora p. 99
Tasteful but mature scenes of lovemaking. All characters are highly estimable, positive models for men and women.. Strong narrative. Well-researched naval story of the Cold War in 1967 and reflecting the tensions wrought of the nuclear age. Highly relevant simile to the current anxieties about the War on Terror.
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