New Thriller Depicts Clandestine, Action-Packed Pursuit in Vietnam

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‘Saigon Cowboy’ by H. Palmer Wood has a retired CIA agent roped back into a job to hunt down one of the most dangerous rogues the armed forces and CIA had ever dealt with.

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Austin Bain liked working for the CIA, especially exercising his intellect to be one step ahead of a challenging situation. Deviating from his deciphering routine seemed to open another door to reality. Escaping death by minutes in Panama might have been a fluke, but it was enough to remind him of the dangers of his vocation. Resigning from the CIA, he returned to civilian life, until a former cohort tracked him down vacationing on a remote Bahamas island.

That surprise encounter catapulted Bain back into the Agency, where he is asked to help track and apprehend one of the most dangerous individuals the armed forces and CIA had ever dealt with in Vietnam. A French national, Austin Bain’s former college roommate has developed a deadly profile, bent on revenge, as a result of tragic events involving the deaths of a sister and his father. Working undercover, Bain’s search takes him through numerous provinces in Vietnam, when the US military presence was growing by the tens of thousands each month. Bain’s best qualification for the current job, is that he is the most likely to be able to identify the "Saigon Cowboy", who was once a freshman he dormed with ten years ago at Syracuse University.

Both the bold aggressiveness and clandestine actions of the Cowboy continued to baffle those in pursuit. With his apparent ease of movement in highly secure areas, he is proceeds to methodically eliminate high ranking military and CIA agents. Are August Bain’s talents enough to be successful in his new role as Company headhunter?

"Saigon Cowboy" by H. Palmer Wood, with its action packed pursuit, its exotic locales, and its depiction of a rogue Frenchman working with the Vietcong to eliminate Americans supporting the South Vietnam government for his own vengeful reasons, comes off as one of the best action thrillers of the season. Wood addresses the ambiguities of US involvement in Vietnam, the way the war created its own monsters which flew out of Vietnam to infect many parts of the globe.

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A graduate of Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., H. Palmer Wood served in the Air Force and Army Reserve. He worked as a technical writer, presentations editor and methods engineer in aerospace corporations. As a writer for Page Communication Engineers under contract with the Department of Defense, with an equivalent military rank of captain, he traveled extensively throughout Vietnam in 1966 to 1968. Before retiring in 2010, he worked as an editorial editor for a local newspaper.

Saigon Cowboy * by H. Palmer Wood
Publication Date: December 19, 2013
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