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Duty and Dishonor

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“Dale Dye has a flair for telling stories and evoking images. His details about Marine life are accurate…Dye has the ability to draw the reader far enough into the story that the reader sees with the author’s eyes and feels with his emotions…Dye’s ability to tell a story the way it really happens is rare, and one sincerely hopes this book will not be his last….” —Orlando Sentinel

Author: Dale A. Dye

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For years during and after the war in Vietnam, tales of two American turncoats fighting with the enemy were dismissed as bush lore. Still, sighting reports continued until the two shadowy figures—one black man and one white man—got the code name Salt and Pepper. No one could prove or disprove the persistent stories until a small Marine recon team had a very close encounter with them near the DMZ.

The leader of that patrol, Staff Sergeant Wilhelm Pudarski, found the traitorous GIs, looked into their eyes from the wrong end of a pistol, and lived to tell the tale. All photos and reports about the incident were classified. And then it all promptly disappeared with no revelation or explanation.

After the war, it was forgotten…by everyone except Willy Pudarski. With a couple of veteran buddies, he embarks on a quest to find out the truth behind the legend. And that truth is so shocking that witnesses begin to die in mysterious circumstances. The search for Salt and Pepper quickly turns into a deadly hunt across two continents.

“A singular achievement…vivid, terse, exceptionally moving…the tension builds and never lets up.” —The New York Times

“Dye fills this dialogue-driven thriller with plenty of action and lots of military detail–all of which (no surprise) rings completely true.” —Marc Leepson, VVA Books in Review

“Here, in prose that positively crackles, he takes us along on what has been one great ride.” —Ed Ruggero: Veteran, Writer, Motivational Speaker

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