Numerous colorful characters populate this book, set at Fort Bragg in the 1950s. The main character, Lt. Sy Margolin, left a comfortable assignment with NATO to become a paratrooper. The rigors of training are just part of what he has to contend with. Anti-Semitism is not much below the surface on base, off base life is wild and woolly, and at times the Army seems to value tradition above all else. Secondary characters–diverse, sly, fun-loving, evil–round out the picture of Fort Bragg in the period between the Korean War and the start of the Vietnam Conflict.
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Jack Keller is back in this novel, the third of the Rhoades-penned thrillers focused on the North Carolina bounty hunter. This time Jack is chasing something other than murderers and bail jumpers, he is looking for a kidnapped child. Her father–a Delta Force commando–is the first suspect, but when he disappears as well, Jack must face criminals, military bureaucracy, and his own personal demons in order to find the girl.
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Elizabeth Pepperhawk has just come back from Vietnam to serve at the army hospital at Fort Bragg. She had barely arrived when she comes across the dead body of a solider who was supposed to have died overseas two years before. When the Military Police are hesitant to pursue the case through to the end, Pepperhawk enlists the help of officer Avivah Rosen and the two women track the clues on their own. The story is told from the alternating perspectives of Pepperhawk and Rosen and is a rich glimpse into life on a military base in the early 1970s.
This is the first novel in the Elizabeth Pepperhawk/Avivah Rosen Vietnam Veteran Mystery Series.
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