New Historical Fiction Novel Explores Vietnamese History

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Author Harry Kline taps his experience in Vietnam to tell the story of Vietnam

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“I hope this book will also repay my part of the debt I owe to our veterans,” says Kline. “It took me a long time before I understood them and the price they paid for their country

“Vietnam still seems to be an enigma to many Americans,” says Harry Kline, U.S. Army veteran and author of the novel, “The Broken Beads” (published by Trafford Publishing)

In this historical fiction piece, Kline weaves a story set in Vietnam during the 1st century and stretching through most of Vietnam’s history leading up to modern times. He taps into history to trace the history of the early dynasty that drove the mighty Mongol horde from the land. He tells the story of the early days of French colonialism in Vietnam and the brief control that Japan wielded over the country. Kline also takes the reader into the story of how the Vietnamese defeated the superior French forces and forced the American forces from their country.

An excerpt from “The Broken Beads”:

“Then, just as they were about to clear the end of the narrow corridor, they were met by a torrent of small arrows. Many of his men were down. Unscathed, he led his men forward but as he broke into clear ground he found a large force of the enemy confronting him with spear and sword. There could be no turning back now. The press of forces behind made that impossible and, though he was not immediately aware of it, the rear of the Mongol forces had been attacked just as the last of them entered the passageway.”

Through this story of the Vietnam’s history, Kline hopes to inform readers about the character of the Vietnamese people. He believes many people in the United States still misunderstand the people of the Southeast Asian county.

“I hope this book will also repay my part of the debt I owe to our veterans,” says Kline. “It took me a long time before I understood them and the price they paid for their country.”

About the Author
Harry Kline served the U.S. federal government for 36 years before retiring as a senior intelligence analyst. He is a Korean War veteran. He spent considerable time in Germany advising a military intelligence battalion while working for the National Security Agency. He spent a year in Vietnam with the office of Department of Defense Special Representative to Military Assistance Command Vietnam. He also volunteered to spend a second year there but was assigned to the embassy when the military withdrew. He has traveled extensively in Vietnam and spent some time teaching English to some Vietnamese monks. For a time he sponsored a Vietnamese refugee family out of an American refugee camp in the states. Kline makes his home in Delray Beach, Fla., Cascade, Md., and Chincoteague, Va.

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