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Book Title: Kickers: a novel of the Secret War|
The author of the book: Patrick Lee
Date of issue: January 23rd 2014
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Format files: PDF
The size of the: 340 KB
Edition: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Read full description of the books Kickers: a novel of the Secret War:Laos, 1961. The Communist Pathet Lao threatens a takeover of Laos with Russian military support. With Cold War tensions high, newly-elected President Kennedy considers military intervention in the small Southeast Asia country. Fearing that military confrontation will lead to nuclear escalation, he instructs the CIA to fight a secret counterinsurgency using surrogate assets. To the CIA secret means "nobody knows about it except the people we are killing."
The intelligence agency chooses as it surrogates for the war barefoot Meo tribesmen and brash college-age firefighters working as summertime smokejumpers.
For smokejumpers Thanasis, Charlie, and Dog the CIA's offer brings excitement, damn good money, and off-duty hours are spent at the notorious Lulu's in Vientiane. It's a sweet adventure for the three young men until they realize the CIA is willing to sacrifice both smokejumpers and Meo to control Laos.
Reminiscent of Tim O'Brien's book The Things They Carried, Patrick Lee's KICKERS is based on true accounts from smokejumpers who fought in a treacherous thirteen-year war three presidents denied ever happened. It sets a new standard for Cold War novels.
Read information about the authorPatrick Lee is a former smokejumper who made twenty-five parachute jumps into the Idaho Primitive Area fighting forest fires. After leaving wildlands firefighting to study law he began to hear of smokejumper deaths in Laos, including those of men who had been his jump partners.
Interviews of surviving smokejumpers about their CIA experiences in Laos convinced Lee their stories needed to be told. He incorporated core elements of their recollections in his novel "Kickers." In 2012 he was awarded a writers residency by the Jentel Artist Residency Program based on the "Kickers" manuscript.
Lee graduated from the College of St. Thomas and Georgetown University Law Center. During the Vietnam War, he served in the United States Navy as a JAG officer. After practicing law in Washington, DC, for forty-five years, Lee now writes and repairs log-worm fence on a ranch in the Sawtooth Mountains of central Idaho. He is a member of the Idaho Writers Guild.
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