5 STAR Vietnam War Mystery Thriller
Facing the Dragon by Philip Derrick
January 1970 – Just over a week ago James Peterson was a high school freshman whose biggest worry was passing his Geometry class. Now he’s in South Vietnam impersonating an army paratrooper. He’s not there for glory but to make up for his cowardice and solve a mystery.
But can a fifteen-year-old boy survive without any military training?
Can he find the answers he seeks?
Or will someone see that he’s shut down permanently?
2.4 million men served in South Vietnam. Join the adventure and meet the most unusual one of all.
That Ain’t No Unicorn In This Vietnam War Mystery
Not long ago I had the opportunity to read Facing the Dragon: A Vietnam War Mystery Thriller by Philip Derrick and I must say WOW! What a cool and ingenious story. I thought I had read pretty much every wartime scenario possible, but this one caught me by surprise. This inventive author entertained and captivated me page after page with a great storyline and well-developed characters.
As a former military guy, I was quite impressed with the accurate descriptions of equipment, weapons, and overall military terminology and structure. It is evident that somebody has been a direct observer of F.U.B.A.R. and other esoteric acronyms. The precise proof and editing work made this story pleasurable and easy to read. Overall, this book contained everything that I enjoy in a wartime read. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the cover art containing the historical Huey Helicopter. What an attention grabber and fitting to the story within! Great work Philip Derrick, looking forward to more from you, carry on.