This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (Goodreads, B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Pachyderms is a military fiction novel written by Danny Buoy. Dan Coobat received a military deferment for college in the early 1960s, and when he matriculated with a degree in English, he enlisted. With his academic background, he was assured a position in communications, but was actually assigned to Advanced Infantry Training School. After that, he ended up at Fort Benning, working with Specialist 5th Class Carl Copelet in Flight Operations. Dan hadn't considered Vietnam as a likely destination when he signed up, but the 312th Battalion would be deployed there about six months after he became Copelet's trainee. Dan and Copelet helped set up the Battalion's new home in Bear Cat, a barren space surrounded by jungle, with a most incongruous yellow mobile home announcing the presence of the Fifth's Commanding General Bosebaugh.
Danny Buoy's historical military novel, Pachyderms, is an enthralling and engrossing coming of age story set in Vietnam in the late 1960s. Dan and Cope are marvelous characters, and their initially tense relationship blossoms into a strong and enduring friendship that makes this novel quite special. Buoy brings the sights, sounds and smells of war-era Vietnam to life as we experience the country through Dan's eyes. Cope and his brother, who's also in the country, are the wheelers and dealers who arrange trades for consumer goods like air conditioners and freezers, and the author's mention of Radar O'Reilly from MASH made me smile. Pachyderms is a different type of Vietnam story from the others I've read. It reads like a memoir, and I had to remind myself on several occasions that Dan, Cope and the other servicemen I had come to care about were fictional characters. Pachyderms is most highly recommended.