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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite
Son of Saigon: A Novel by David Myles Robinson is an engaging story that follows the adventures of two compelling characters, a crime thriller with a wonderful setting and a great plot. Meet Hank and Norm, two retired friends with good homes and enough money to keep them free from worry about the future. But they are bored to death with life. So when Mai, Hank’s sweetheart from his CIA days in Saigon, comes asking for help to save the son Hank never knew existed, a new world of adventure opens for the two friends. Hank and Norm hit the road, with very little information. Follow them in this gritty tale as they face dangers, meet strange characters, and go to unusual places in search of someone who certainly doesn’t want to be found.
A character-driven story with a powerful premise, Son of Saigon is thrilling, packed with twists and turns that readers won’t see coming. The storytelling is stellar and the entertaining qualities of the narrative are first class — from the cinematic writing, the tight plot, the compelling characters to the realism that permeates the plot. I was hooked from the moment I encountered Hank, a man who is dealing with depressive moods. The author weaves stunning realism into the narrative and asks relevant existential questions like: What happens when we are unable to do what we used to do? Themes of love, adventure, friendship, and dealing with old age are beautifully explored in this narrative. If you are looking for those characters who feel like an extension of you, then you’ll find them in this novel.