Fiction - Military
475 Pages
Reviewed on 04/11/2017
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Author Biography

There were many American pilots who were known to have been captured and yet were not released at the end of the Vietnam War. This is my tribute to them.

Marc retired as a Captain after twenty-four years in the Navy and is a combat veteran of Vietnam, the Tanker Wars of the 1980s and Desert Shield/Storm. He is a Naval Aviator with just under 6,000 hours of flight time in helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. Captain Liebman has worked with the armed forces of Australia, Canada, Japan, Thailand, Republic of Korea, the Philippines and the U.K.

He has been a partner in two different consulting firms advising clients on business and operational strategy; the CEO of an aerospace and defense manufacturing company; an associate editor of a national magazine and a copywriter for an advertising agency.

Marc’s latest career is as a novelist and five of his books – Cherubs 2, Big Mother 40, Render Harmless, Forgotten and Inner Look have been published.
Big Mother 40 was ranked by the readers who by books on Amazon as one of the top 100 war novels. Forgotten was a 2017 Finalist in Historical Fiction in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards and rated as Five Star by Book Favorites. Inner Look was also rated Five Star.

The Liebmans live near Aubrey, Texas. Marc is married to Betty, his lovely wife of 47+ years. They spend a lot of time in their RV and visiting their four grandchildren.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite

A gripping military book, Forgotten by Marc Liebman is an unforgettable story featuring six men – two Naval Aviators (Randy Pulaski and Jeff Richey) and two Air Force pilots (Karl Kramer and Greg Christiansen who were shot down and known to be captured and two Green Berets - Captain Ashley Smith and First Lieutenant Hank Cho – are thought to have disappeared. All are slaving under one of the top colonels from the People’s Army of Vietnam, transforming opium to morphine while waiting for the time when their captor would exchange them for a huge ransom. Meanwhile, a woman, whose husband is among the six American soldiers who never returned home, still hopes against all hope that her husband is alive. When news finally gets out, years later, that these men are alive, Janet Pulaski gets worried about her husband, Navy Lieutenant Randy Pulaski, who may be targeted by two men who don’t want them alive. One is in the CIA who is afraid that his past misdeeds ay be uncovered. The other is a former POW whose traitorous collaboration was witnessed by Pulaksi who wants him court martialed. If found guilty, he will get sent to the hangman.

Marc Liebman has a great gift for both plot and character development. The story begins in the midst of action and the reader can feel the adrenaline. But it’s just the beginning and the whole story is punctuated with intense action and powerful scenes. The setting reflects historical and physical places that soldiers, especially those who have served in Vietnam, will be familiar with. Well-written, this is a book from a new author that features such elegant prose and detailed, absorbing descriptions of scenes and characters. Janet Pulaski is a character who won my heart from the start and it was interesting to see how she developed throughout the story. Forgotten is a masterpiece, a well-written story with great characters and a not-so-easy-to-put-down kind of plot.

Anne-Marie Reynolds

Forgotten by Marc Liebman is a military thriller. When the Vietnam war ended, the American POWs were sent home-all except for six. These men were never listed as being POWs and were never listed as being MIA. Instead, they were kept captive by Pham, an NVA Lieutenant Colonel. He put them to work in his heroin factory with one goal in mind – to use the men as a ransom for millions of dollars. Janet is the wife of one of the prisoners, an anti-war activist who became an assassin, paid handsomely for the high-value targets she takes on. The six prisoners are declared dead in 1978, but in 1982, their existence comes to the attention of the US and they are rescued. Two men don’t want anyone to know what their role was and they want all six dead. What the prisoners know will spell long prison sentences for these men, a CIA operative and a former POW, so they hire Janet to take them out. But one of those prisoners is her husband. Will Janet do it or are the two men about to get a nasty surprise?

Forgotten by Marc Liebman is a great read. It’s one of those stories that grabs hold on page 1 and takes you on a rollercoaster ride. The plot is amazing, something quite unique, and is full of twists and turns. Mr. Liebman has mastered the art of writing an attention-grabbing story perfectly and, although this is a fictional tale, you kind of feel that it isn’t, that it's being written from a personal point of view, from someone who was there. The character development is excellent, bringing the main characters to life in an instant, giving them substance and personality. Overall, an excellent story, well-written and perfect for fans of military tales, be they fact or fiction.

Romuald Dzemo

Forgotten by Marc Liebman is a brilliant entry in the military genre, a story that explores the mystery of six American soldiers presumed dead during the Vietnam War and a woman’s undying love for her husband. After the war, Navy Lieutenant Randy Pulaski, Navy Lieutenant Jeff Richey, Air Force Captain Greg Christiansen, and First Lieutenant Karl Kramer were known to have been captured while Army Captain Ashley Smith and First Lieutenant Hank Cho were considered completely missing.

What most people never imagined was that these heroes had been captured and were being used by a People’s Army of Vietnam lieutenant colonel, converting new opium into morphine. Years later, the US government will learn of their existence. But there won’t be the chance of a hero’s welcome home. With the prospect that her husband, Randy, could be killed by a former POW turned collaborator, Janet Pulaski has to make serious choices and use her skills to protect him.

The first thing that struck me about this novel is the author’s writing — crisp and excellent. The sentences are tight and the diction is overflowing with words that make the reader imagine the action and the setting of the novel. The historical setting is beautifully explored. Marc Liebman has written a military fiction that makes readers think he was one of the characters in the story, and readers will be pleased with the wonderful use of military language. Here is a story that is so beautifully written it will have fans of this genre utterly enthralled. I enjoyed the wonderful cast of characters and the compelling plot. Forgotten is a great read, indeed!

Ruffina Oserio

Military fiction isn’t one of my favorite genres, but when I read the blurb of this book, it sounded irresistible and I picked the book up out of sheer curiosity. I am glad I did because Forgotten by Marc Liebman turned out to be a really good read with great characters and a wonderful plot line. Imagine men who could have been celebrated as heroes being completely forgotten, laboring as slaves under a ruthless military colonel for years, and doing what? Making morphine from opium, in a very secluded area, far away on the Vietnamese borders. This is the lot of six American men who never returned from Vietnam. After many years, news gets out about their existence and, feeling the threat that hangs over her husband’s head, a woman has to find a way, the only one she knows, to protect the love of her life.

Forgotten is a highly creative work and I found it intriguing from the title, to plot, to character development, and the masterful integration of literary elements such as suspense, contrast, and conflict. I was hooked from the very beginning of the story and knew I would have to read this one to the end. Yes, I was hooked with the great writing — polished and beautiful. Marc Liebman writes with confidence and the reader has no doubt that he masters the military world so well — or he must have done his research thoroughly. I enjoyed the well-developed characters who find themselves in a powerful conflict, especially the couple, Janet and Navy Lieutenant Randy Pulaski. This is an engrossingly entertaining story with relevant historical references. A must-read for fans of military fiction.

Ray Simmons

I’m not sure if the name of this novel is Forgotten or Forgotten POWs. I saw both names used. I personally like just plain Forgotten. It somehow feels stronger. Anyway, I liked this novel about the war in Vietnam by Marc Liebman. Surprisingly, what I think I liked most was how well the wives and other women of the era were represented. Janet is every bit as strong and interesting as her captured husband, Randy. The Vietnam era was a very complex time politically for the United States and the complicated characters Marc Liebman gives us in Forgotten represent that complexity well. I came of age in the '70s and there was a lot of disagreement about the war, even among friends.

I like the way Marc Liebman shows us two tracks that are uniquely connected. I like the way the tracks are connected. The first track is the actual captured POWs. They went through hell and are understandably the heroes of the story. Randy is such a hero and I related with him immediately. I expected this. It is what I was looking for when I chose the book. The second story arc is the one that surprised me, and I believe every good book has a good surprise in it. Randy’s wife, Janet, was so cool and delightful! I loved this Navy wife. She is so practical about her situation, but finds interesting ways to spend her time, as well as some interesting people to spend it with. I think her story, combined with her husband’s, is what makes Forgotten great.