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The Monsoon Killed the Tiger
by Jack Lyndon Thomas

Overview


Kannon Ballard, former wartime advisor to South Vietnamese militia, receives a cryptic letter from his former interpreter-"We have unfinished business"-which draws him into a web of atrocities, bootlegged weapons, and drug trafficking.

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Description


On receiving the cryptic letter postmarked 25 June 2002, Kannon Ballard aborts a motorcycle adventure in the San Juan Mountains and forsakes a girlfriend to return to Việt Nam, a country he desperately has tried to forget. Now a retired CPA and hard-drinking divorcee, Kannon still harbors shame and disgrace due to an ambush that annihilated his patrol.

In Saigon, he finds his friend and former interpreter near death, able only to reveal a series of numbers and seemingly incomprehensible words. But Kannon believes the man possessed significant information that could exonerate his name in that long-ago disaster. To find out, Kannon must confront a vicious ex-Viet Cong cell leader turned importer-exporter and track down the retired American infantry major who authored the 1970 After Action Report relieving Kannon of command and threatening court martial.

What is the unfinished business? If laid bare, will the evidence prove exonerating?

Or is Kannon merely trying to reinterpret vetted documentation to salve his explosive, deprecating emotions resulting from the deaths of those fifteen men?

Kannon’s dogged perseverance draws him into a web of past and present atrocities, conspiracy, bootlegged weapons, drug trafficking, and passion, and thrusts him into a combative climax on a storm-ridden night in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico.

The story’s strength lies in its gritty confrontations and complex characters shaped by their vastly different cultures and religions.

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About the author


Jack Lyndon Thomas has published an illustrated book of poetry, Whirling Fire (1997), and illustrated memoir, Coyote Jack: Drawing Meaning from Life and Vietnam (2006), based upon his Vietnam experiences--which included earning The Bronze Star Medal for Heroism in Ground Combat, The Bronze Star Medal (First Oak Leaf Cluster) for Meritorious Achievement in Ground Operations Against Hostile Forces, and the Combat Infantryman's Badge--while serving as an infantry officer/advisor to South Vietnamese militia. In September 2013 Jack ePublished Lights on the Water/Impressions in the Sand: A Motorcycling Odyssey about his 105-day, 18,000-mile motorcycle journey and also ePublished Training Runs: The Regenerativew Power of Motorcycling Back Roads, a collection of fifteen motorcycling journals that focus on learning to listen to his heart and soul. His motorcycling journeys have covered approximately 120,000 miles in over 30 years of riding. A retired CPA, Jack is divorced and has two grown daughters and two grandchildren.

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Book details

Genre:FICTION

Subgenre:Thrillers

Language:English

Pages:294

eBook ISBN:9780965984379


Overview


Kannon Ballard, former wartime advisor to South Vietnamese militia, receives a cryptic letter from his former interpreter-"We have unfinished business"-which draws him into a web of atrocities, bootlegged weapons, and drug trafficking.

Read more

Description


On receiving the cryptic letter postmarked 25 June 2002, Kannon Ballard aborts a motorcycle adventure in the San Juan Mountains and forsakes a girlfriend to return to Việt Nam, a country he desperately has tried to forget. Now a retired CPA and hard-drinking divorcee, Kannon still harbors shame and disgrace due to an ambush that annihilated his patrol.

In Saigon, he finds his friend and former interpreter near death, able only to reveal a series of numbers and seemingly incomprehensible words. But Kannon believes the man possessed significant information that could exonerate his name in that long-ago disaster. To find out, Kannon must confront a vicious ex-Viet Cong cell leader turned importer-exporter and track down the retired American infantry major who authored the 1970 After Action Report relieving Kannon of command and threatening court martial.

What is the unfinished business? If laid bare, will the evidence prove exonerating?

Or is Kannon merely trying to reinterpret vetted documentation to salve his explosive, deprecating emotions resulting from the deaths of those fifteen men?

Kannon’s dogged perseverance draws him into a web of past and present atrocities, conspiracy, bootlegged weapons, drug trafficking, and passion, and thrusts him into a combative climax on a storm-ridden night in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico.

The story’s strength lies in its gritty confrontations and complex characters shaped by their vastly different cultures and religions.

Read more

About the author


Jack Lyndon Thomas has published an illustrated book of poetry, Whirling Fire (1997), and illustrated memoir, Coyote Jack: Drawing Meaning from Life and Vietnam (2006), based upon his Vietnam experiences--which included earning The Bronze Star Medal for Heroism in Ground Combat, The Bronze Star Medal (First Oak Leaf Cluster) for Meritorious Achievement in Ground Operations Against Hostile Forces, and the Combat Infantryman's Badge--while serving as an infantry officer/advisor to South Vietnamese militia. In September 2013 Jack ePublished Lights on the Water/Impressions in the Sand: A Motorcycling Odyssey about his 105-day, 18,000-mile motorcycle journey and also ePublished Training Runs: The Regenerativew Power of Motorcycling Back Roads, a collection of fifteen motorcycling journals that focus on learning to listen to his heart and soul. His motorcycling journeys have covered approximately 120,000 miles in over 30 years of riding. A retired CPA, Jack is divorced and has two grown daughters and two grandchildren.

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