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, by Infinity Publishing (PA)

ISBN10: 0741465779 | ISBN13: 9780741465771

In combat, there are moments you can't take back. Targets you never meant to hit. Roads you go down and never return from. One of the bravest military accounts on record, whose scorching terrain lies somewhere between Loc Ninh and "the Fishhook," only available in the freest of countries, this formerly untold story is a most intimate vantage point into a world where warriors from different cultures and orientations came together under one American flag to engage a well-camouflaged enemy that continued to rise up from the ashes.

Calm, cold, ultramasculine LT Mike Hinrich, fit to lead and win battles against all odds, finds himself falling in love during wartime against his will, and his momentous change of heart reflects the fullness of his courage. Some men are lookers, and PFC Dave Bairstow is an adorable grunt, totally straight, at war at eighteen, and for whom his hero worship of Mike begets the inconceivable. Father Tony Rimbondi, the stern Catholic priest, must weigh the urgency of pastoral calling against the irresolvability of the human condition; becoming the base's sleuth, he discovers cases of "war fatigue" he can't comprehend or absolve, including his own. A lonely, fetish-prone base commander and his ragtag Vietnam War-era troops grapple with the hell of war, an inglorious vigilante and highly compromising adult situations.

The startling quagmire of men at war is extremely personal. Most soldiers don't share the totality of their experiences with anyone because certain conduct, decisions and events can't be explained, justified or excused. If it comes down to it, SGT John Irish wants to go out as a man and not as a number, even if it means "going the other way" with the combat officer most apt to stay alive. PFC Dave Bairstow wants to marry his girlfriend, Patrice, once he admits to being intimate with her mother, but a wild night at the local brothel changes everything. Straight-arrow LT Jock Sessions cuts a deal with top brass to save his embattled leader who, unbeknownst to Jock, is a renifleur.

CPT Ennus McClure has a big problem. He commands a rowdy, intrepid U.S. Army forward operating base (FOB) at the height of the Vietnam War. Coalitions on either side of the wire want Ennus to fail. His new head of security is a godsend. Or is he? Rumor has it Military Police LT Mike Hinrich is "Der Hinrichter." The Executioner.

As somebody steals the general's priceless heirlooms, dead bodies turn up on base and Mike forestalls the special friendship he starts sharing with Dave, Ennus scrambles to defuse the loaded interactions, red hot intrigues and lethal ambushes of Thunder Road.

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