If you think you know all about the background of the Viet Nam War then think again until you read this book. The first in a series of 5 books, I bought this in an Amazon promotion for $0.00 and was immediately hooked and have bought the rest.
While a fictional novel, the author's intimate knowledge of the war reveals so much that I didn't know, especially the crap from LBJ and the Fourth Estate. Excellent characters in this novel and they follow through into the other books in the series. The historical research is faultless and the book has many small incidents that build into the story, over many characters and chapters.
The use of ACRONYMS is a little off-putting to start with, as each acronym is carefully explained, sometimes more than once, so the first few chapters are a little hard going. Do persevere, it soon flys by this. Perhaps in retrospect to make it easier reading, the explanation of each acronym could have been made in an index at the end of the book, for anyone that interested?
An excellent combat story written by someone who really knows their stuff.