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River of Perfumes: A Novel of Marine Combat Correspondents in Hue City during Vietnam’s Tet Offensive

“Mike Stokey has written a story which slowly sucks you in until you’re trapped. Then, as you get deeper and deeper, you don’t want it to end. Worse…you begin dreading what might happen to characters you’ve come to know, with whom you now identify. The battle for Hue, Tet 1968 is well-known, but the story for Arthur Latimere, a newbie Marine combat correspondent, hasn’t been told before. Hang on to your guts when you take this journey.” John M. Del Vecchio, New York Times bestselling author of The 13th Valley

Author: Michael Stokey

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Post World War II America and teenage boys dreamed of adventure growing up in the 1950s, listened to Elvis Presley and read Jack Kerouac, yet it wasn’t cruising Route 66 in a Corvette that united them, but Highway 1, known as the Street Without Joy, on the way to Hue city during the 1968 Tet Offensive in Vietnam.

It was the dawning of the Age of Aquarius, Civil Rights and the pill, young girls in long boots and short skirts, but not for those in the jungle and rice paddies of Southeast Asia.

Full of innocence and dreams, adolescent passion and coming of age horror, RIVER OF PERFUMES captures the contradictions of the times and what the brutality of war does to young men in battle, and a country that stayed home and abandoned them.

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