by Bob Staranowicz
When the shiny freedom bird lifted off from Cam Ranh Bay, Vic Charles was leaving physically, but little did he know he would never totally leave that war torn country.
"I loved this book! It made me laugh, cry and hold my breath. Vic Charles is so real. When I finished the book, I felt a personal relationship with him. I was deeply moved by the story for a few reasons. One, the memories I have of the Vietnam War and the sadness it brought into my family of 10 children. This book takes a hard look at a man who tries to deal with the aftermath of the Vietnam War, day in and day out. It is a book written with a great deal of care and craft. I am looking forward to Chapter Two!" ~Sheila Snyder
Some good memories and some bad. I hadn't had contact with anyone I served with since I was discharged until I accidentally came across Chapter One. Then I realized I knew the author Bob. We served with the HHC 501st Signal Bn at Camp Eagle, Vietnam.
Good job Bob Staranowicz. I hope you have another book in your future." ~Dennis
The details of the story were significant for me. I was a college student during the Vietnam War. The draft hanging over me gave me an incentive to stay in school at times when I wanted to quit. Upon graduation, I was set to enlist in the Navy with a deal, that I know know from reading this book, was entirely bogus. When I eventually became draft eligible, the war was winding down. I was safe in the draft lottery and did not have to go. Sometimes over the years I felt a bit of guilt and regret for not being involved. Reading this book released me from those feelings and made me respect all the more those that were there.
Once I started this book I could not put it down. I kept reading because the author's great writing style made me want to see how everything resolved. The ending was amazing. I was sad when I finished the book because it was like saying goodbye to a friend that I knew well and I would never see again. I do hope that there will be a Chapter Two.
I recommend this book most highly. Bravo, for a book well written!" ~Elmer K.
About the Author:
Bob Staranowicz was born in Philadelphia and served with the 101st Airborne in Vietnam. He is a graduate of LaSalle University and has Bachelor's and Master's degrees.