For combat veterans, wartime is more than just memories. In author Andy Horne’s book, In the Company of Decent Men, Bill Boston has fought his personal demons and survived. When revisiting the old family where he hid from society after the war, he remembers a particularly bad battle in 1969.
David Armstead, another veteran who now serves as Assistant Secretary of State for International Security Affairs, comes face-to-face with his memories when a former North Vietnamese enemy, Phan Tran Nguyen, reveals secret information dating back to that same battle in 1969.
Edward Stroud, an officer in the battle, is currently a US Senator and has set his sights on the upcoming presidential election.
The three menserved together on Swift Boats, patrolling the rivers and canals of the Mekong Delta.Now, many years later, their fortunes are again intertwined as the past is brought to light.
In the first chapters of the book, the author sets the scene for a political thriller with plenty of twists and turns. Most readers love stories where good triumphs over evil and In the Company of Decent Menmost certainly delivers.
Review by Pat Avery, MWSA Reviewer
In the Company of Decent Men is a political action thriller with its share of true-to-life heroes; these are not superheroes or darkly flawed stick figures of extraordinarily violent and fantastic behavior. They are, instead, the good, decent and ordinary men and women always preponderant elements in the high drama of life, especially when compared to publicly adored heroes, deserved or not.
First presented, is a retrospective on a particular brown water raid in a hostile canal complex of Vietnam's Mekong Delta that ends in disaster. More than three decades later, perceptions and known facts are re-examined. With the backdrop of pending selection of candidates for U.S. President, clarity emerges from these distant shadows.
Book Format(s): Soft cover, Kindle, ePub/iBook
Genre(s): Fiction, Historical Fiction
Review Genre: Fiction—Historical Fiction
Number of Pages: 380