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Colonel Kilgore

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Re: Currently Reading
« Reply #60 on: July 23, 2017, 02:34:44 PM »
That sounds interesting, Les.

Maybe post a quick synopsis here too, once you've finished it?

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« Reply #61 on: July 24, 2017, 07:46:44 PM »
Once a Warrior King. David Donovan. 1985.

An autobiography written around the memories of an officer in Vietnam.  He was a captain in the army who was trained at the Special Warfare school.  He was posted to a Vietnamese village in the Mekong Delta near the Cambodian border in 1969.  The book recounts the exploits of the five man Mobile Advisory Team (MAT) that he is sent to command.  His rolls are many in the villages around their fort.  The MAT is at the bottom of the pecking order, so with in the army system it struggles to get any support, but the team is looked up to by the Vietnamese as being able to solve all problems.  A lot of the problems are not always with the Viet Cong.
 A really good read, written in a very simple way that makes it easy to enjoy, although it is about a difficult war

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« Reply #62 on: July 25, 2017, 07:18:40 AM »
Thanks Les - that sounds like a really interesting book.

And a good one to read while awaiting those new Montagnards....?


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« Reply #63 on: August 10, 2017, 07:34:44 AM »
'The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared' - hilarious novel about the life of a very ordinary Swedish man who inadvertently became involved in major events and personalities of the the C20th.

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« Reply #64 on: August 12, 2017, 08:27:21 PM »
I have just finished George Orwell's "Homage to Catalonia".

I found this a thoughtful and well-observed account of events from an albeit narrow personal experience on a quiet section of the front.

Orwell appears to have been quite brave personally (volunteering for a number of raids, for example) and was clearly fond of the Spanish people: he writes what appears to be a thoughtful and objective (based on the facts available to him) read. It is interesting that, in 1938 when he wrote it, he had already foreseen much of what would inevitably play out in the following year.

 This is a pretty easy and very nicely written - quite gripping and hard to put down. Recommended!

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« Reply #65 on: August 17, 2017, 09:39:00 PM »
The fabric of the Cosmos by Brian Greene.

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« Reply #66 on: August 17, 2017, 10:39:19 PM »
For Whom the Bell Tolls - Hemingway
As I Walked Out One Midsummers Morning and A Moment of War - Laurie Lee

All good reads with the Laurie Lee ones being autobiographical.