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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.