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About the author:
James Strauss was born into a Coast Guard family during WWII. He's lived in four countries and twenty-seven states, in places from South Manitou Island, to Santa Fe, New Mexico, to Honolulu, Hawaii. He's held a variety of positions in many careers, from being a Marine Corps Officer wounded in Vietnam, life insurance agent, physician's assistant, and a college professor in anthropology.
As a CIA team leader in the field he traveled to 122 countries, where he remains welcome in most of them to this day. James has published three novels; The Boy, The Bering Sea and The Warrior.
Currently James lives in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin where he continues to build from a newspaper publishing foundation called the Geneva Shore Report.
Thirty Days Has September, The First Ten Days
James R Strauss
This novel is set in the very center of the time of most difficult combat experienced by a United States Marine Corps rifle company.
A second lieutenant, only days from training back in the states is ordered, under fire, to assume command of a company of cast off Marines, all out in the brutal bloody jungle because of the either the worst of luck or the most minor of offenses or infringement. The outnumbered and little
supported company is at constant war with vicious
units of the North Vietnamese Army while
at the same time tearing itself apart every night
in deadly encounters between its racially mixed elements.
The enlisted ranks lack all respect for their untested and inexperienced officers, while the officers fight them right back using supporting fires on the enemy as well as their own warring factions. All the men are ruled by terror and fear of the end they know they are not likely to avoid. They are not going home. They are not going to the rear area. And they are only to be kept moving through a valley of death called the A Shau, with only the manner of their passing in question. That same company so riven by internal strife, however, remains frightfully effective in fighting the enemy.
This account of the reality of agonizingly brutal guerrilla combat is written from the perspective of the new lieutenant who sends his last will and testament home to his wife after only three days in combat.
- Publication Date:
- 1544050224 / 9781544050225
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 5.5" x 8.5"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Fiction / War & Military