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Viet Man
by D. S. Lliteras


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Viet Man is about the transformation of a young man who
enlisted in the Navy during the Viet Nam War, was trained as a
hospital corpsman, was transferred into the Marine Corps, then
sent to Viet Nam where he joined the elite First Recon.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Viet Man is about the transformation of a young man who
enlisted in the Navy during the Viet Nam War, was trained as a
hospital corpsman, was transferred into the Marine Corps, then
sent to Viet Nam where he joined the elite First Recon.
It is a first person narrative of alternating episodes experienced
in the rear and in the bush. In the rear, Doc encounters
a straw-haired mid-western farm boy who shows him how to
prepare a meal of long-rats, and Loopie, a Puerto Rican from
the Bronx who shares a guilt-torn confession that borders on
confabulation. In the bush, Doc experiences the terror of accidentally
releasing a live grenade among his men, of rushing to
rescue a wounded marine, and of sharing a quiet conversation
in a bunker with Trang, a South Vietnamese soldier.
After being assigned to the Recon Dive Team and attending
the Navy diving school in the Philip-pines, he returns to Viet Nam
were he engages in numerous combat dives and river operations.
At the end of his tour, he is processed out of the military.
And upon his return to his hometown as a veteran, he faces
a jarring reception of insolence, indifference, and fragmented
flashbacks. In Viet Man, D.S. Lliteras unlocks the inner mystery of
a man's combat experience. It is poetic and haunting, authentic
and amusing. It is a story told by a man who ultimately survives
the war and returns to his homeland, but another country will
forever dwell in his soul.


 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781937907327
  • ISBN-10: 1937907325
  • Publisher: Rainbow Ridge
  • Publish Date: March 2015
  • Page Count: 208
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.45 pounds


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-02-09
  • Reviewer: Staff

This absorbing, gritty military novel is from Lliteras (In a Warrior’s Romance), who, like his protagonist Doc, served as a combat corpsman during the Vietnam War. In late 1960s Miami, 20-year-old Doc breaks up with his girlfriend when he is shipped to Vietnam as a Navy medic assigned to the U.S. Marine Corps. One grunt from the search-and-destroy patrols predicts he’ll be dead in two weeks, but Doc soon proves to be a savvy, tough, and competent soldier. He makes friends easily, including the “brilliant in the bush” radioman Casey, who takes the skeptical Doc on a humorous visit to the local brothel. Doc goes out on the bloody combat patrols, and he wins the reader’s admiration with his loyalty to and compassion for his battle-mauled patients. Seeking a break from the gory routine, Doc transfers to diving school in the Philippines, and his duties change upon returning to Vietnam. Doc spins his first-person narrative with laconic prose and acerbic wit until his tour is completed, and he returns home on the “freedom bird.” However, his homecoming is anything but a welcoming or easy one, as Lliteras concludes this accomplished novel. (Apr.)

 
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