“Letters from Long Binh” and “Soft Target” Reviews

I have actually found a little time to do some reading in addition to blogging, twittering, Facebook, website, and let’s not forget writing.   I wish there were more hours in the day.  I wanted to share with you two books that I really enjoyed: Letters From Long Binh: Memoirs Of A Military Policeman In Vietnam (Paperback) and Soft Target: A Thriller.  As always, your comments are welcome.

4* –  An MP’s View of Vietnam, February 28, 2012

This review is from: Letters From Long Binh: Memoirs Of A Military Policeman In Vietnam (Paperback) by Randy Mixter
This is a great story of a soldier’s time in Vietnam from a non-combat point of view. The author,Randy Mixter was a member of the military police. He sent letters home to his girlfriend (now wife) which he turned into this cleverly crafted volume. It also includes some of his wife’s letters to him. I found his stories to be very interesting as they were coming from the Military Police perspective. I was an infantryman in Vietnam and experienced the action in a different way.
Adventures such as finding a naked soldier with a prostitute take on added interest when the naked soldier puts on his uniform and is found to be a colonel! This memoir is stocked with stories that run the gamut of heartwarming to funny to sad. This volume should be on the shelf of everyone who has an interest in the Vietnam War.

3* – Soft Target – Good, but not as Good as Most of Hunter’s Thrillers, February 28, 2012

This review is from: Soft Target: A Thriller (Hardcover), by Stephen Hunter

Soft Target by Stephen Hunter follows the story of a terrorist attack at the Mall of America, the largest mall in America. The attack occurs on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, which is traditionally one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Mr. Hunter has written many exciting novels of this genre. Soft Target follows the pattern of his previous novels and engages the reader with carefully crafted characters and suspense filled events. One of the characters from his previous novel, Ray Cruz, is a key player in this one. Unfortunately, this novel is not as good as his previous books.

One of my disappointments in the novel was treating the shoppers in the mall as if they were sheep to be herded around by the terrorists. With all the ex-military people in our country, I would have used some of them to help end the terrorist threat. As a Vietnam vet and Concealed Carry License holder, I for one would have at least taken out a couple of them before they got me, and I know plenty of CCL Vets who keep their skills up and would have joined me as well.

Overall, I did enjoy Soft Target. Just don’t expect it to be as good as Hunter’s previous thrillers.



6 thoughts on ““Letters from Long Binh” and “Soft Target” Reviews

  1. Thanks for the reviews! They’re not the kind of books I usually read, but it’s interesting to find out what you thought of them.

  2. Morgan Shamy says:

    Ohhh… more hours in the day would be SO GREAT.

    Interesting reviews. I was more drawn to the first one–Letters from Long Bhinh… maybe because there was humor mixed with the drama. The example sounded funny! And I do enjoy learning about war. I love history like that.

    Not sure the terrorists in the mall would be my thing, but great to read your review on it.

    Thanks for this post, Richard 😉

  3. Ha ha ha…..I’m always saying I wish there were more hours in a day!!!! I’m beginning to think sleep is soooo over rated 😉


  4. Hannah,
    Thanks for the link. It will be fun to hear Hunter. I look forward to it. I didn’t know about Book Report Radio. I’ve bookmarked it and plan on exploring it further. Thank you.


  5. Hannah says:

    Thanks for your reviews Richard. It’s disappointing you didnt like Hunter’s book as much as his others. My favorite radio show, The Book Report, is interviewing Hunter on this weekends show. I usually enjoy his books so I’ll read it before the show still. You should check it out at http://bookreportradio.com/schedule.html maybe he addresses your concern.

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