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“Cornwell did it for the British soldier under Wellington. Forrester did it for Hornblower and the British sailor, and more recently, James Nelson for the birth of the American navy. All were classic descriptions of men at war, from their personal perspective, presented in a series of books which followed the career of the central character from youth to eventual fame. All were steeped in the history, language, politics and mores of their era, and all provided vivid detail and understanding of the soldier/sailor”s daily life. We now have a wonderful and worthy addition to this literature in Gleason’s Gaius Marius … This is historical writing at its best. “
“The Gabinian Affair” is a memoir written by a retired Roman soldier, Gaius Marius Insubrecus, who served Caesar during his wars in Gaul. As a youth, Insubrecus is caught between two worlds: the heroic myths of his people, the Gah’el, and the harsh realities of their conqueror, Rome. Insubrecus tries to escape assassins sent after him from Rome by hiding in the Roman army, right at the time that the new governor, Gaius Iulius Caesar, launches his legions into Gaul to stop an invasion by a fierce and ruthless tribe called the Helvetii. Insubrecus is plunged into a world of violence, intrigue and betrayal, as he tries to serve his new patron, Caesar, and to stay alive, while pursued by Roman cutthroats and Gallic warriors.
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“If Trinh allowed himself to think of such things, he would admit that he would gladly trade the rest of his life just to be able to spend one evening together with his father reading from the book of Apollinaire’s poetry that Trinh had burned so many years ago in the mountains near the Chinese border. But, such things are not possible. His father’s body was rotting in some undiscovered pit outside Hanoi where the Japanese had dumped it. His mother had probably died in one of those horrid “comfort houses” where the Japanese forced Vietnamese women to service the sexual needs of their soldiers. The ashes of Apollinaire were scattered across the dark hills that sheltered Vietnam from the Chinese. Such thoughts are dangerous. They would serve only to distract Trinh from his duty, weaken his resolve, confuse him. Sergeant Major Trinh’s only reality is that on this morning, he is on a wooded ridgeline with twenty soldiers of the People’s Army of Viet Nam, a snot-nose Sub-Lieutenant with a party card and a university degree, the enemy near and a mission to accomplish. That was the limit of Sergeant Major Trinh’s allowable reality. ‘Voici que vient l’été la saison violente / Et ma jeunesse est morte ainsi que le printemps'”(from “A Very Bad Day,” The Violent Season).
“Ray Gleason has written a literary novel about the Vietnam War that is the finest war novel I’ve read in a while. “
“In school, I learned about the war in history classes, but none of this compared to the emotional closeness and rawness that I felt when reading ‘The Violent Season’ by Ray Gleason. Superbly written, this book transports the reader to ‘Nam’ with the perfect balance of soul-wrenching honesty and soul-feeding beauty.”
“This novel is an amazing intertwining of stories of the lives of ordinary men and women who became involved in the Vietnam War. As a veteran who served in an armor company (1967/1968) in Nam, this book touched me very deeply. The author evokes memories of the loss of innocence, anger and disillusionment but added to that are very deep feelings of love for the men with whom I served.”
A Grunt Speaks
“Fantastic 5 star Book!”
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“Our national president…enjoyed the book segments so much that he also went and bought a copy. Great stuff…thanks to Ray Gleason for writing an excellent book,” wrote Christian Nelson, National Editor of Vietnow Magazine (Vietnow.com), in October of 2012.
“As a former Platoon leader with the 9th Inf Div in the Mekong Delta, I think this book captures the essence of the “field” environment of the infantryman in Vietnam”
“Fantastic 5 star Book! Once you pick it up, you wont put it down. This book brings back great memories through all the acronyms and words soldiers lived by.”
What was it like to be a nineteen year old US Army infantryman in the highlands of Vietnam in the late ‘sixties? Ray Gleason’s book, A Grunt Speaks: A ‘Devil’s Dictionary of Vietnam Infantry Tales & Terms from Unlimited Publishing LLC, uses the terminology and concepts of the Vietnam-era infantry to explore the infantrymen’s attitudes toward their role in the war, the anti-war movement, their enemies and each other.
From A Grunt Speaks
CONUS. Pronounced CON-us
1. What Robert McNamara did to get us to stay in Nam.
2. An acronym for “Continental United States”; in other words, “home,” “the world.”
Dengue. Pronounced, DENG—ee. A Spanish attempt at the Swahili phrase ki denga pepo, meaning “cramp-like seizures caused by evil spirits and lifers.”
This was the typical condition of a grunt in the field during the rainy season. It was a flu-like condition caused by feeding the non-malaria-bearing mosquitoes with a grunt’s blood. Symptoms of dengue include fever, severe headache, muscle and joint pain, rash, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
My most pronounced symptom, other than a low-grade fever, fatigue and headaches, was the feeling that red hot needles were being stuck into my back—about as kinky as life in grunt-dom got—especially when you realized you can’t scream in the dark!
But, a slight case of dengue would not get a grunt out of the field. Go see Doc, get some aspirin, stop bitchin’ and drive on.”