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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:War & Military
  • Language:English
  • Pages:633
  • eBook ISBN:9781617928536

Whiskers in the Dark

A novel of the war in Vietnam

by James D. Brown

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Overview
Morrow led the platoon cautiously up the narrow draw in the green jungle twilight; the warning sense that usually kept him out of trouble was up--enemies were near--but today the officers were too focused on their plan to pay him any attention. Steep, rocky slopes boxed him in like a rat sneaking between a lion's paws, hoping it wouldn't wake up and swat him. Dark fissures among the ledges stared down at him like cats' eyes and he could feel them watching him, waiting to spring their trap--the lion was awake.
Description
Morrow led the platoon cautiously up the narrow draw in the green jungle twilight; the warning sense that usually kept him out of trouble was up--enemies were near--but today the officers were too focused on their plan to pay him any attention. Steep, rocky slopes boxed him in like a rat sneaking between a lion's paws, hoping it wouldn't wake up and swat him. Dark fissures among the ledges stared down at him like cats' eyes and he could feel them watching him, waiting to spring their trap--the lion was awake. PFC Dan Morrow, the point man for an infantry company in Vietnam, has "whiskers"--an unusual sense for the presence of the enemy. Under the guidance of a seasoned platoon sergeant he begins to rise through the ranks, facing brushes with death and the loss of close comrades as he battles a determined enemy and the often-senseless incongruities of Army life in a harsh world of monsoon rains and intense tropical heat. An act of kindness sparks a friendship with a Vietnamese girl which develops slowly for a time, then blossoms into a deeper relationship for which he is unprepared. He advances to squad leader, then platoon sergeant, leading combat operations, mentoring a green and sometimes balky lieutenant, and striving to keep his men alive while sorting out his feelings for the girl who has become a central figure in his life. As his tour of duty nears its end he is thrust into a soldier's worst nightmare--being wounded and left behind in hostile territory. Weakened by pain and loss of blood, he has little to rely on but faith and inner fortitude as he struggles to elude capture and fight his way to safety.
About the author
James D. Brown, a native of Davidson, NC, was born on January 1, 1949. The son of a biologist, he developed an early love for the outdoors and spent much of his youth roaming the North Carolina woodlands, becoming a skillful woodsman and hunter. In 1968, moved by the plight of the South Vietnamese people, Jim volunteered for the draft and served a year with Co. D, 2/35 Infantry in that country's central highlands. Following his military service, he attended NC State University, earning a BS Degree with honors in 1974. In 1978 he began a career as a forester with the U.S. Forest Service that spanned 30 years. In the course of his work, he made the acquaintance of other veterans who shared accounts of their experiences that he combined with memories of his own service to create a story intended to immerse readers in the conflict in Vietnam and the lives of those involved in it. Jim has long been a student of military arms and history. He has produced three books on military firearms, JAPANESE MILITARY CARTRIDGE HANDGUNS 1893-1945 (co-authored with Harry L. Derby III and internationally recognized as the authoritative work on the subject), THE COLLECTOTS GUIDE TO IMPERIAL JAPANESE HANDGUNS, and COLD WAR PISTOLS OF CZECHOSLOVAKIA, published by Schiffer Publishing Ltd. in 2003, 2007, and 2009, respectively. WHISKERS IN THE DARK is his first venture into fiction. Now retired, Jim resides in Buford, GA with his wife of 37 years, Sue. His time is occupied primarily by writing, horticulture, grandparenting, and continuing research.
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