Mead's Trek

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Author: Tom Gauthier
Publisher: Patriot Media Publishing (2011)
Binding: Paperback, 240 pages

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Author's Summary

Marine Corps Major Amos Mead, a lawyer by education and a Special Agent for the FBI by trade, is recruited as an agent in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in early 1943. His latest mission: Assess the level of cooperation among the factions conducting the war against the Empire of Japan in the Asian Theater of Operations. Known only to a few, additional orders direct Major Mead to seek out a powerful Asian leader and investigate the possibility of the Vice President of the United States being involved in secret negotiations with Vietnamese Communists for a post-war alliance.

En route to his assignment, unexpected life-threatening events befall Mead's team. The mission then takes on a new urgency—one of survival. Mead and his team are forced onto a trek in an enemy infested jungle that will test the limits of their mental toughness and physical endurance.


MWSA Review

Mead’s Trek places a diverse set of characters in a World War II Indo-China setting that the author brings to life with vivid descriptions. The heroes are a mix of officers from multiple service branches and countries who are tasked to sort out the conflicts of interest in the South China and Indo-China areas. They will unravel the mystery of intricate political alliances in messy regions at a messy time.

The lead character, Amos Mead, finds himself in a whirlwind of activity. Traversing dangerous countries where alliances are murky and political influences are unpredictable, Mead ends up facing arduous and hostile conditions. He works with locals and friendly troops of chance to defeat Japanese adversaries, find his way to pivotal historical figures, and uncover the alliances he is tasked to find.

The author demonstrates great skill in sprucing up his narrative with peppery action verbs and well-researched regional specifics to bring sights, sounds, and tastes to life. 

Reviewed by: John Monteith (2012)

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