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by Juris Jurjevics

eBook Red Flags ePub
Author: Juris Jurjevics
Language: English
ISBN: 0547564511
ISBN13: 978-0547564517
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (September 20, 2011)
Pages: 320
Category: Genre Fiction
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 340
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Red Flags is a work of fiction whose root is planted in the real experiences of Juris Jurjevics; a memoir of sorts of his time serving in Vietnam.

Red Flags is a work of fiction whose root is planted in the real experiences of Juris Jurjevics; a memoir of sorts of his time serving in Vietnam. The novel is of the r genre involving a certain aspect of the Vietnam War. The book is narrated in the first person by the main protagonist; the character dialog is interspersed as conversation.

In Red Flags, Juris Jurjevics has brilliantly accomplished a feat that is becoming a major characteristic of 21st century literature: the seamless combining of a genre form with the deep resonance of literary art. This is a book that is thrilling to read for both its narrative drive and it. . This is a book that is thrilling to read for both its narrative drive and its insight into the human heart.

Ruchevsky took the lead along a faint animal track that wove over a ridge and into another valley. The track dipped behind a small hillock near the bottom, then went over it.

Ruchevsky took the lead along a faint animal track that wove over a ridge and into another valley the smaller rise, we left the path and eased to the ground, crawling slowly forward through thick grasses into tangled foliage. I crawled after John on hands and knees, wishing that whatever the hell animal's trail we were using, the beast had been taller.

Juris Jurjevics, Joe Barrett. A novel of soldiers and spies in the highlands of Vietnam Army cop Erik Rider is enjoying his war until he's sent to disrupt Vietcong opium fields in a remote highland province. Rider lands in Cheo Reo, home to hard-pressed soldiers, intelligence operatives, and profiteers of all stripes. And they're all surrounded by sixty thousand Montagnard tribespeople who want their mountain homeland back

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Army cop Erik Rider prefers to fight his war in the saloons and streets of Saigon. When he is sent to disrupt a Vietcong opium operation deep in the jungle, he could not be less interested. But when Rider lands in Cheo Reo, things get complicated. The American outpost is home to battle-hardened soldiers, intelligence operatives, and profiteers of all stripes. Meanwhile, Vietcong battalions are massing in the hills, and sixty thousand Montagnard tribespeople are advancing with the goal of reclaiming their mountain homeland.

With a bounty on his head, Rider must hunt for the opium smugglers, avoid enemy patrols, and defend the undermanned U.S. base. As he closes in on the smuggling operation, he discovers that someone inside the base has a stake in it, and is willing to kill to protect that stake.
Part war movie, part crime mystery. If you like either genre, you will really enjoy this book, I believe. Moves pretty quickly, has some good detective story sequencing, and I liked the way the author covered factual cultural elements within the fictional confines of the story. If you like such story telling, like the way Michael Crichton weaves actual science into science fiction, I think you'll like this book.
First, I want to note the outstanding use of the English language here - tight, descriptive writing that serves plot, character, and setting well - not a word out of place. It's great to read a book that was clearly well-written and then well-edited. The characters are well-drawn, just enough to make them clear and compelling. Soliloquies are always purposeful and pointed.

The author maintains that the story is true, and if so, in his hands, it serves as a perfect metaphor for the whole of the war. The author captures the absolute chaos that was Viet Nam - even before we arrived - and the ensuing mess that we made of a war in a land that we never understood. The tumultuous intersection in the village of Cheo Reo of the NVA and ARVN, Montagnards and Vietnamese, the Army and the CIA, the doctor and the shaman is captured perfectly as are the colliding beliefs that create and sustain the tension and conflict in this novel.

This book parallels the great documentary, "The Fog of War" but offers the perspective of the men who were called upon to carry out the ever-changing, conflicting imperatives and orders handed down from the White House to the Pentagon to Saigon to provincial capitals to the small outposts where the war was actually being fought.

Over all it has more in common with the work of Le Carré - a spy novel set against the war in Viet Nam.

A great book? Not my call, but certainly a darn fine one.
This book is an unusually good example of an adventure/crime story that does have a few of the genre's usual flaws - the good guys may be a little too perfect, for example. But it has the very great merit of integrating a forgotten people (Montagnards) into a complex and interesting tale, and doing it very well indeed. It's particularly valuable in highlighting a side of the war neglected by novelists and historians alike: There were a lot of interesting people running around the countryside besides American soldiers. The mix of cultures (and the awesome landscape of the Central Highlands) are prominently and accurately featured in this tale.

I don't know if the official corruption at the heart of this story really was so vast. At lower levels, it was an obvious problem. I suspect the author's picture may well be true.

There is one small but apparent error I must mention. I found at page 231 (Kindle Edition) an indirect reference to the training of Special Forces Medics back in the 60s. I graduated from that course about three years after the dramatic date of this novel (and then went straight to an A-Team in Vietnam). At page 231 the author strongly implies that in part of this training, the dogs were mistreated. He is talking about what we called "Dog Lab," the very last few weeks of our nearly year-long medical education. Those final weeks were a surgical practicum. The animals were treated exactly like human patients. All invasive procedures were performed under full anesthesia - the safe and effective administration of anesthesia was a critical test for us. As was the survival of the dog. If a dog died and you were either its surgeon or the anesthesiologist, it was autopsied to see if the cause of death was heartworms. If none of those parasites were found, you were out of the program, and had just wasted a year of your life. No excuses, you were gone!

I think most of us cared about animals, and certainly many of us would have rebelled at the cruelty suggested in this particular reference. In reality, we all watched over those dogs day and night, and on weekends. If for no other reason, because an unsuccessful patient outcome resulted in an unsuccessful outcome for its caregiver. This simple fact, together with the fact that we were being trained and graded in the use of anesthesia, makes it highly unlikely that anesthesia was neglected in this training just a few years earlier. It is true that the animals were euthanized at the end. But it was done under anesthesia, by the introduction of Pentathol (if I remember correctly) into the sleeping animal.

So the author was probably not a medic. On a more positive (and typical) note, he describes just 20 pages later a compassionate gesture to a grieving American officer by a Montagnard ("Jarai Willy") that was SO spot on that I cannot help but think that the author must have witnessed an incident very much like it himself. That's what those people were like! Small details like these, found throughout the book, go far to explain why Americans lucky enough to have worked with Montagnards can never forget them. Occasional lapses in a book about a time and place so distant are easily forgiven when the story itself, and its non-American characters, are so carefully and accurately portrayed. That is a unique feature of this well-written novel.
I wasn't sure what to expect...I read about three pages before throwing The Trudeau Vector across the room, but it appears Mr. Jurjevics learned something about story telling in the last few years--or the subject matter is simply so close to his heart that he worked extra hard to get it right. Regardless, this is a an excellent novel, but it's more than that, it's a memoir and tribute to the fallen. These are not supermen...but people who counted off the days and fought and partied and did their duty in a completely messed up situation. The pace is brisk and the detail is irresistibly gritty and real. If you want to read it as an adventure story, you can, but there is more going on than that. Let there be no doubt, Jurjevics did a lovely job writing this book and if you're even vaguely interested in the tangled mess that was the Viet Nam War, then I highly recommend Red Flags.
Corruption in Viet Nam was already bad, and with our help, it approached infinity. And that is the background of the plot of this book.

The memories of our senseless involvement in that country's civil war returned with each page. The American civilians and the military running that war were incompetent and often corrupt and that fact is illustrated in the book by the day to day challenges that the folks on the ground had to resolve while trying to do their jobs.

Good characters, good plot, and great writing. Good action scenes without gratuitous gore. A very good historical novel written by someone who was there and who also did his homework with meticulous research.

And to all those that served, I thank you for your service.
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