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March 22, 2017

THE MAN WHO WALKED OUT OF THE JUNGLE


An Intelligent Thriller Set in Wartime Saigon


THE MAN WHO WALKED OUT OF THE JUNGLE
by
 Jeff Wallace
April, 1970. Late at night, a mysterious Caucasian emerges from the rain forest north of Saigon. Unexpectedly he encounters a US Army outpost and is killed. Who was he, and why was he alone deep in the jungle? Military investigator George Tanner must find the answers soon -- and survive.


THE AUTHOR

Jeff Wallace
 In 'The Man Who Walked Out of the Jungle,' the historical setting is 1970 Saigon, where US military police investigator George Tanner observes the city's seething corruption, the turmoil of US troop-reductions underway, and--unfolding in the background--the invasion of Cambodia. This is tough-guy suspense fiction but no less historically authentic. Tanner enlists his Vietnamese contacts to discover the identity of a mysterious figure killed deep in the rain forest.

I'm a former US Army officer. I joined too late to serve in Vietnam, but I met and served alongside many veterans of the conflict. The novel honors them, and particularly the men the novel describes as the teeth of the US military in Vietnam--the infantry soldiers.

My favorite historical novelists include Robert Harris, Alan Furst, and Charles McCarry. Their books brilliantly animate the places and events of the past in compelling plots and characters. I'm hard at work on a second historical novel set in wartime. I hope to release it in early Summer 2017.

'The Man Who Walked Out of the Jungle' was published previously under the title 'The Known Outcome' (former title retired). 

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MY THOUGHTS
Being a work of fiction, it reads as though it really happened.  The author gives you  detailed characters, places and events.  The setting is from the historical period of 1970 in Saigon.  George Tanner sees the terrible corruption.  The US is reducing their troops and the problems are getting worse.   But that isn't all that is going on.  The invasion of Cambodia is taking place. When a Caucasian man, who nobody knows, walks out of a rain forest north  of Saigon, he is killed by the U.S. Army. They claim he wasn't one of theirs. But was he?   As usual the press gets into things and before a scandal is created, Tanner needs to find out who this man was.  Was he one of theirs or was he a stranger, perhaps a spy?  The author gives great detail and it is full of re-makes of the actual things that happened.   Of course, there is plenty of suspense and thrills.   A little romance in there perhaps?
Will Tanner find out the missing pieces?  Was a mistake made or was it a righteous kill?  It's up to Tanner to find the answers. 

I received a copy of this book from the author and Word Slinger Publicity and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book 4 STARS. 

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