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He returned to Vietnam for one last tour. But the war wasn’t done with him yet . . .
Upon his return to Vietnam, Sergeant Eddie Henderson is reunited with Lieutenant James Brighton, who has handpicked him for a new recon-and-rescue team—a dedicated group formed of the giant Bear, Little JJ, Specialist Brian Cain, Sergeant Carl Johnston, and Eddie’s protégé Corporal Ray Laurel. They start carrying out vital missions, rescuing downed helicopter pilots and recovering equipment.
All goes well, until the team is sent out to a hot landing zone in familiar territory; following a fierce firefight and a hasty retreat by the wounded American troops, Eddie and Ray are captured by VC forces led by the English-speaking, ruthless Lieutenant Dang. Kept in a cage for days, Eddie and Ray are undernourished and tired, and their personal belongings stripped. They are forced to hike toward their own captivity.
When Eddie is left under the charge of a handful of local VC, he finally gets his chance to escape, when he recognizes one of them as Vinh—who was eight years old when Eddie befriended the boy on his first tour. Vinh remembers Eddie straightaway and frees him while the others sleep. Eddie flees to the nearby village, where he seeks sanctuary in the home of Mama-san. Brighton wastes no time flying in to extract his sergeant.
For the first time, will Eddie find himself putting vengeance before duty?
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-7340260-3-0
eBook ISBN: 978-1-7340260-4-7
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-7340260-2-3
Pub Date: April 2020
Paperback Price: $14.99
eBook Price: $5.99
Hardcover Price: $25.99
Trim Size: 6 x 9 inches
Page Count: 242
Format: Trade Paperback; ebook;
Publisher: Glyn Haynie
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War is a very indiscriminate thing – at least, it is for the soldiers once they are on the ground – but with this book, Glyn very deftly and subtly moves the action closer and closer toward the protagonist/antagonist model, and slickly sets up a nice series in the process. He has managed to achieve a very tricky manoeuvre, incredibly well: to create an intelligent, educated war book series, which gradually veers toward military action with a glossier shine, yet maintaining its integrity at every moment – even Stallone couldn’t manage that with the work of David Morrell. I’ve no intention to spoil any of the books in the series by embellishing; all I will say is read this series, starting with Promises to the Fallen. If you have already read Promises…, read Return to the Madness, because I’m sure this author has much more in store.
Matt McAvoy - Author
This book is very much an emotional roller-coaster ride. It will take you through the complete spectrum of human emotion, and I am not ashamed to say that there were several points in this book where tears came to my eye.
I enjoyed reading this sequel to Promises to the Fallen very much. The Vietnam War is a fascinating topic for me from several angles. The author’s characters are authentic, and you cannot help but become immersed in their situation, You feel what they feel and become part of their experience.
While a work of fiction, Return to Madness places the reader in the middle of the American soldier’s experience in Vietnam. All of Glyn Haynie’s books give the interested reader a real glimpse of what the War in Vietnam was like for those who served.
I have enjoyed all of this author’s books and have seen his growth as a writer. Return to Madness is Glyn Haynie’s best work so far. I look forward to his next. This book is a definite 5 stars and I highly recommend it.
D.C. Gilbert - Author