At twenty-five yards the front sight of the machine gun nearly
covered the back of the reclining soldier’s head. So begins
The Dying Place, David Maurer’s unflinching look at MACV-SOG,
Vietnam, and a young man’s entry into war.
Fresh from the folds of the Catholic Church, Sgt. Sam Walden is
quickly embraced by another religion, jungle warfare. After four
years there may be no resolution between the two; God knows Sam
has tried. But how many Hail Mary’s will absolve him of what he
has done in Laos? Walden is a war-weary Green Beret, regularly
tested beyond normal limits by the ever-changing priorities of
the puzzle palace in Saigon. And yet he overcomes, staying alive
to go on mission after mission with his one-one and his little
people. To them he is everything – strength, compassion, courage.
He will not let them down.
David Maurer’s own experiences at MACV-SOG’s Command and Control
North come to life in this tense action-packed story. The U.S.
was not supposed to be in Laos during the Vietnam War and by all
accounts, we weren’t. Some know better, and fortunately, Maurer
is one of those. With a fine ear for dialogue Maurer takes you
back and sets you down squarely on the LZ, where inner turmoil
is quelled and external conflict takes over, if only for awhile.
If you’re lucky, you just might make it out alive.
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