Lucian K. Truscott Army Blue

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The Vietnam War serves as a backdrop for the story of Matthew Blue, who faces a court-martial for desertion and an eruption of long-suppressed family pressures when he is framed by his superiors

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In the eagerly anticipated follow-up to his first novel, Dress Gray , Truscott turns his attention to the Vietnam War and delivers a suspenseful, sprawling court-martial drama, set in Saigon in 1969. At 23, platoon leader Lt. Matthew Nelson Blue is the youngest member of an Army family: his father is a colonel and his grandfather a profane, cantankerous retired general. Shortly after one of his men is killed by friendly fire while on routine patrol, Blue is arrested and charged with desertion in the face of the enemy. Arriving in Vietnam, his father and grandfather end their long estrangement and join forces to clear the young soldier's name. Truscott's plot offers less than initially meets the eye; the nature of the conspiracy and cover-up that nearly destroy Blue is fairly easy to predict, as is the disillusionment about Vietnam that eventually befalls his seniors. ("Nobody is going to win this war," says one, just pages before the end.) But the author's intimate portrayal of the texture of Army life gives his narrative a more deeply felt sense of anger and regret than others in its genre, and makes its final revelations more powerful than they might otherwise have been. 75,000 first printing; $75,000 ad/promo; Literary Guild selection; author tour.
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Three generations of Blues have served in the army. The General, now retired, was in World War II. His son, the Colonel, was in Korea and Vietnam. Now the Grandson is in Vietnam and in trouble: accused of cowardice, disobeying an order, and fleeing from combat. Victim of an elaborate scheme to cover up the CIA's covert drug operations, Lieutenant Matthew Nelson Blue IV awaits court martial in prison, while his platoon is swallowed up in transfers. Grandfather and father fly to Vietnam, a beautiful TV reporter becomes involved, a member of the old platoon turns up, and all hell breaks loose before the slambang trial (over one fifth of the book) takes place. This long, panoramic novel maintains suspense beautifully and focuses on the stupidity and corruption in Vietnam. While the battle scenes in Donald Tate's Bravo Burning ( LJ 3/15/86) and other novels are stronger, and Tim O'Brien's Going After Cacciato (LJ 12/15/77) ranks high on any Vietnam novel list, Truscott's ( Dress Gray, LJ 1/1/79) fast-moving book should have wide appeal. It has "miniseries" written all over it. Literary Guild selection.
- Robert H. Donahugh, Youngstown and Mahoning Cty. P.L., Ohio
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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