4 out of 4 stars
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Deadly Waters: The Vietnam Naval War And Its Aftermath is an enlightening book by Randy Miller. Actually I didn't know about Agent Orange until I read this historical novel. It is a chemical weapon, initially used by the U.S against it's enemy, Vietnam, during the war era. Unfortunately, it had the most dangerous agents/toxins which greatly affected the people involved health wise.
Zack Martin joins the Blue Water Navy immediately after high school. He gets assigned to a mission in Vietnam. He, and many others don't have any idea of what awaits them. The war intensifies, many are killed, others injured and others suffer witnessing this ordeal.They go in the name of service to the nation but as they return, the nation they went serve turns against them. In the warzone, they were exposed to a herbicide, Agent Orange, which shows it's effects later. Zack gets the first sign of infection while still in Vietnam but gets treated. The real hit comes when he is back in his country. A swollen lump develops which is later identified as a sarcoma. This is when all hell breaks loose. The navy doesn't even want to be identified with his illness or even treat him for free. And it's not only him, many of his colleagues too. Their selflessness and devotion is not even appreciated. Will they ever be recognised and compensated!
This book talks about war and it's effects. It also covers selfishness of leaders. The Veterans Affairs Department knows that the soldiers got ill in the line of duty yet they deny the allegations. They even deny having treated Zack back in Vietnam. Zack has to fight for his rights. Having escaped death in the warzone and coming out victorious, deserves a heroic acknowledge, which he and his fellows have to again, fight for.
The pacing is steady which makes absorption into the book smooth. The author has given background information on the characters which makes it easy to follow up on each of them. The characters are well portrayed. The serious ones have some wit in them, easing the atmosphere a little bit. Zack is a strong man who stands for what he believes. Tally, his high-school love come wife is strong too. She hopefully waits for Zack to return. After his return, she still sticks with him through his cancer journey.
The author vividly describes the war, the torment, the love and the loss. The sad moments are devastating and the happy ones are really heartwarming. This book is an eye-opener to what really happened. Based on true events, this book rates 4 out of 4 stars. The editing is professionally done and the writing is on point. A good deed should deserve another good deed. This will be a good book for lovers of historical books.
Deadly Waters: The Vietnam Naval War And Its Aftermath
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