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Everything Happened In Vietnam: The Year Of The Rat
by Robert Peter Thompson
~ But not everything is remembered and not everything is told. Lost with those who did not survive and with those who did not return. Lost in the chaos and confusion and the self protective suppression of the formidable and yet fragile mind. Sometimes that which affects you most is that which you can no longer see and is perhaps better left alone. But what of that which so stubbornly remains and cries out as it does from the darkness of time and says:
"I am here, I am still here, you will look at me, for I will never go away.”
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A Review from a Vietnam Veteran Reader:
Tour in Vietnam, August 26, 2009
By J. Beat
A friend of mine in the Army told me that everyone owed two years to their country and Vietnam was the
dirty end of the stick. He just wanted to do his tour and go home and be a pipefitter. All he wanted
was a simple, normal life. He didn't make it.
Thompson's book is about people like my friend. It's about friendships that become a part of your heart,
fear that sears your soul and simple bravery that makes you proud of young men willing to give service to
their country. Thompson lets you meet these young men and learn to know and love them as he did.
As a Vietnam veteran, I avoid books about Vietnam, but I read "Everything Happened in Vietnam-The Year of
the Rat" on a recommendation. This memoir is a tour in Vietnam like it was: difficult, fear-filled, deep
friendships, confusion, anger, humorous, sadness, grief and horror. It easily can stand beside such memoirs
as Robert Graves' "Good Bye to All That".
Students of history will find this book engrossing as a personal account of the average guy's experience in
war. Students of Vietnam will experience a virtual reality tour in Nam through Thompson. His description of
action is so realistic, so emotionally compelling that you live Thompson's tour.
Y et, he does not blame the
Yet, he does not blame the system, the government or the military for his tour. He simply
allows you to enter 1960s Vietnam in a way that will change your opinion of those who lived it. You also find
out why it was his "Year of the Rat."
Let me introduce you to Lina
...an excerpt from the Chapter: "LINA"
...... I could hear clearly the colorful knee slapping laughter of Lina’s lovely melodious almost sing song voice. Its magical modulations filling the cab as we began to roll emanating outward above the groan of the gears and tired grumble of the aging engine, unhappy to have been awakened from its unanticipated rest, into the farms, hamlets and small villages off the road.
The desultory wizened eye of an old water buffalo casting a furtive glance as we rumbled by. Lina still laughing. Just another day in the countryside.
And she was laughing in Vietnamese.
The picture of this little girl is a favorite of mine. You can see that she is looking at me
as I snapped her picture. If you look closely you can see a little smile on her face and in her eyes.
"Riveting read – I highly recommend it."
15 Sep 2008
by Kelly Autumn
"Uniquely powerful departure from the genre of War literature. Funny, brutal, insightful, intimate…the narrative moves in the cadence of memories told as stories over a camp-fire. Thompson transports you into the mind-space of his 19 year-old self, poignantly reminding us that teenagers, boys even, fought this war, grew up there, grew old there, changed forever there."
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Dan Raymond (MACV-Vietnamese Airborne Division) January 17, 2010
Did you enjoy reading the first chapter?
This is a masterful piece of writing. I was immediately taken back to the nights I spent in a firebase in Vietnam in 1968. I could identify with every word. Very discriptive. Very graphic. I was disapointed when it ended at page 11. I want to read more. Congratulations. You have a fine writing style.
Does reading this chapter entice you to want to read more?
Yes.Do you have any comments regarding this book?
I like what I read. I can only imagine the book getting better.
~ Thanks for the comments Trooper and thanks for your service! "MACV Vietnamese Airborne" - WOW!!! Would I love to meet these guys... (the Author)
... and this from a fellow Marine:
WLS - Sgt USMC 1968-1971 March 29, 2009
Did you enjoy reading the first chapter?
Very much so. Well written.
Does reading this chapter entice you to want to read more?
Absolutely. Both the subject matter and the quality of the writing make me want to hear what happened next - and what you have to say about it.
Do you have any comments regarding this book?
I was in country myself in 1969 - briefly and not nearly so intimately. You display wonderful writing skills, and I look forward to reading more about your experiences.
~ Thanks for the comments Sarg and thanks for your service! Semper Fi right back at you. (the Author)
Here's one from my Guestbook:
Date: 6/17/2009, 1:15 pm, CDT
Name: Jim Beckman
Although I never served in Vietnam, a number of my High School friends did and my best friend lost his life over there. Reading this book brought me closer to what they had to deal with on a daily basis and the sacrifices that went unnoticed. I am not a book reader, but I couldn't put your book down. More than once I found tears in my eyes. Thank you Bob for sharing your experiences.
Thanks Jim, more than I can express. This comment alone makes it all worth while. (the Author)
NEWS FLASH!!! - 20 April 2010
~ A few months back I was successful at placing my book "Everything Happened In Vietnam: The Year of the Rat" in the Minneapolis, MN, Veteran's Hospital "Canteen" gift shop. This was no easy achievement and required much back-and-forth emailing, personal visits, etc. The sales of the book proved to be very successful and consequently, with a little prompting (well, maybe a lot) from the book's author-publisher (myself), although the nationwide VA Hospital gift shops have not stocked books previously, the local buyer - distributor here in Minnesota has managed, with the cooperation of the national Veteran's Administration hospital system, to begin a Nationwide stocking of books (Including mine) in the very near future.
A gathering of the National VA Hospital gift shop managers will commence sometime in the May - June 2010 timeframe (approx 176 VA hospitals in all) and set up the new book sales system. Of course, for a small-time author-publisher like me, this is a great opportunity. These kinds of things just do not happen naturally or easily. Although I am not rolling in profits, in fact operating at a loss, the sales possible within the VA hospital system gift shops (private) will go a long way toward making up for some of the expenses of producing my book. I am especially gratified to have my book available to the Families & Friends of our sick or wounded Veterans. It was a long term goal of mine to get this book placed in the Minneapolis and Saint Cloud (MN) hospital gift shops. Having my book there and now going NATIONWIDE is a tremendous honor and privilege and one for which I am humbly grateful. The book business is a tough one and it is things like this, but especially your personal comments, that make it all worth while.
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I REALLY WOULD LIKE TO HEAR WHAT YOU THINK, WERE YOU AFFECTED BY WHAT YOU READ, FAVORITE PASSAGES, ETC. JUST ANYTHING AT ALL. I PUT A GREAT DEAL OF TIME, EFFORT, BLOOD, SWEAT AND YES, SOME TEARS INTO THIS WORK. IT IS NOT ABOUT MONEY, IN FACT, AS A SMALL TIME INDIE, SO FAR THERE IS NONE. BUT IT IS WORTH IT TO ME TO GET THIS STORY TOLD....THAT'S WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT. THANKS!
~ The Author - sorry about the long rant - Doh!
Comment by the Author - May 14, 2009 8:46 AM
Greetings from the author! Welcome to my Book Site. I hope you find it interesting. This site is STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION. I hope to add much more. A recent addition is my Vietnam photo collection slide show from 1969 and an excerpt from the Chapter "LINA" from the book. As a side note, the camera, a Kodak Instamatic, was inside my hooch when it was blown up by a 122mm Rocket, the first time, yet somehow, thrown out by the blast and survived. Some of the pictures you see above were on film still inside the camera. I always thought it would have made a great commercial for Kodak! Also I have added a Guestbook. Please feel free to leave a message. If you have read the book or have an interest, I invite you to leave a "Review" by following the Amazon.com or CreateSpace.com links above. Please feel free to read the first chapter by clicking the Link directly below the "Read the First Chapter" section above. Also, for extended excerpts, search book by Title in Google Book Search.
THANKS and have a Great Day!