Vietnam Redux

For Some The Vietnam War Never Ended

Fiction - Military
275 Pages
Reviewed on 03/28/2015
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Reviewed by Heather Osborne for Readers' Favorite

Vietnam Redux by Howard B. Cohen is a fascinating military history novel. When ex-Special Forces Frank Stone and Benny Friedman are called upon by their friend, George Darnell, to return to Vietnam for a top secret mission, both are skeptical. Darnell assures them it is for the greater good. During the Vietnam War, Vietnamese from the Central Highlands fought alongside the US troops. Called Montagnards by the former French occupiers, deep respect formed between the unlikely allies. Fast forward to 2015 and the Environmental Adjustment Agency, a government organization headed by Tran van Throng, is setting up “resettlement camps” for the Montagnards. Throng’s motives, however, are anything but pure. Driven by revenge, Throng plans to enact his own form of ethnic cleansing. With the help of Anh, a translator, and Carter, a Vietnam vet and head of the resistance, Benny and Frank descend back into the dense jungles of Vietnam to try to save a population from mass murder.

Brilliantly written, Vietnam Redux by Howard B. Cohen is a shining example of how military fiction should read. I was hooked from the first page. I enjoyed the twists and turns and trying to figure out what was going to happen. When I did, I was still blown away by new plot developments. The flashback scenes were particularly of interest as I know very little about the conflict in Vietnam during the 1960s. This supposed future was very convincing and realistic. I cannot praise this book enough for the well thought out plot and character development. I would definitely read more from this author.

Anne-Marie Reynolds

Vietnam Redux: For Some The Vietnam War Never Ended by Howard B. Cohen is a military history novel. Frank Stone and Benny Friedman are ex-Special Forces who are asked to return to Vietnam to carry out a secret mission. Both are a little skeptical about the mission, but are assured by George Darnell, an old friend of theirs, that it is all okay. When the Vietnam War was raging, Montagnards (Vietnamese from the Central Highlands) fought with the US and, over the course of time, respect grew between the two sides. Now, the Vietnamese government is planning to carry out a form of ethnic cleansing. Tran Van Throng, head of the Environmental Adjustment Agency, sets up special camps for the Montagnards and it is up to Benny and Frank to save the Montagnards from being wiped off the face of the earth.

Vietnam Redux: For Some The Vietnam War Never Ended by Howard B. Cohen is a brilliantly written piece of work. I was grateful for the short history lesson at the beginning, and found it very interesting reading. The novel itself was a gripper, full of action, full of twists and turns, and new developments in the plot kept me reading. It was interesting to read the flashbacks as they helped to shed light on the Vietnam War, a subject I am ashamed to say I know little about. What is concerning is that this very thing goes on day after day and we are all too busy with our own lives to stop and think about what might be happening to others, or to do anything about it. This is an eye-opener in more ways than one and I cannot praise Mr. Cohen enough for bringing us this well-written story, with a well-thought out plot and clearly developed characters.