Lt. Shaw. USMC

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    Andy Farnham
    Those who have read the excellent 'Armageddon's Song ' series by this author will recall his hero, General Henry Shaw. This is the prequel to the series, with Henry starting out as a recruit to the United States Marine Corps.

    The action takes place in Vietnam in 1963, where Henry is assigned to a firebase in Quang Tri province, close to the border. Henry is a 2nd Lt with a strong sense of duty and morality, who will not tolerate compromise nor relinquish his integrity. This causes conflict with the ARVN area commander but Henry is supported in his efforts by his own local commander, along with a number of people who become close friends, and who also feature in the later parts of the series.

    In this book Henry meets people who will become pivotal in the war that erupts much later, amongst who is a young CIA operative - Terry Jones - who goes on to become the head of that organisation. In this book he is working for Air America, initially.
    There is plenty of small unit action, firefights and ambushes and a good insight into how the Vietnam war was being fought at that time scale.

    An interesting and often amusing group, known as 'The Empire Quartet ' which comprises of a Royal marine, a Gurkha, an Australian and a Maori bring contrast to the American way of working.

    The author is known to some of us on the site, an ex squaddy and copper, his previous works have all been well recieved, well written, authentic and always entertaining, this is an excellent book, the first of two featuring Henry Shaw in his younger days. I, for one, can't wait for the second.

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  1. Andy Farman
    It is always the little points.

    A Vietnam War veteran has very politely informed me that of all the NATO armies only the US call handheld parachute flares anything other that 'Schermuly', they instead call them 'Slap Flares'

    minor edit required :(
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  2. Andy Farman
    Just been made aware that Amazon added a hefty mark-up to the hardcover version's price, so save yourselves some money and buy it from the printers, if hardbacks are you thing.
    I choose the cheapest postage option as I have discovered that the most expensive parcel post in not much quicker, despite the hype.
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  3. longlivethequeen
    A good read and well worth the small cost. I hope that Andy can keep these good books going.
    1. Andy Farman
      2nd prequel coming along after a bit of bother researching the Korean War (for a flashback).
      Didn't realise MacArthur was the King of Bloaters and living in an ego bubble. The cover-ups make finding the correct date for an event a bit of a task.
      Back on track, now.
      Many thanks for the kind words, feel free to repeat them on Amazon if you have a minute, mate.
      Andy Farman, May 13, 2016
  4. Andy Farman
    No easy matter incorporating images and maps in Kindle eBooks as you have to edit the code in order for them to appear full size. After staring at HTML/CSS coding for a week I did the sensible thing and asked a teenager, who wrote in the necessary code in just twenty minutes.



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  5. old_fat_and_hairy
    Ok, I can understand that. Good map though.
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  6. old_fat_and_hairy
    Andy, just looked at the map for the Pudding Bowl; am I right in thinking that features in the next 'Shaw' story? Topography looks vaguely familiar, our location in Sarawak was in an area roughly the same.
    Edited to add; just noticed the comment about the map and the next book! Doh! Now I understand.
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    1. Andy Farman
      All fictitious. Had a couple of storylines in mind and built the map around them, Ditto the Vietnam threads maps.
      Andy Farman, May 3, 2016
  7. Andy Farman
    [​IMG] I took the precaution of making the maps 'civvie friendly' as they do not seem to understand standard NATO battle map symbols, or how to navigate to the glossary on their kindles (bless 'em)
    All the maps are available free for full size downloads on this link, including the area of operations in Borneo in the second book, if you were interested.
    Trench-ADF on DeviantArt
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  8. baboon6
    1963? Are you sure? As far as I know the only USMC forces in Vietnam at that time were a few advisors and one or two helicopter squadrons. And which nations forces were the Gurkha and Royal serving with? I understand it's a novel but...
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    2. Andy Farman
      The quartet are there as observers, fresh from Sarawak.
      I haven't a scooby if there were Commonwealth observers in Vietnam in 1963 but as you rightly say, it is a novel.
      Andy Farman, May 2, 2016
    3. baboon6
      Thanks mate, sounds good, I assume it's available on Kindle from
      baboon6, May 2, 2016
    4. Andy Farman
      It is indeed.

      Andy Farman, May 3, 2016