Message From Nam Author:Danielle Steel How do you tell someone what it's like to kill a man hand to hand, run a bayonet through his guts, or shoot a sniper in the face who turns out to be a woman? How do you explain the nine-year-old boy who throws a hand grenade and kills your best friend, and then you rush into the bushes and drag him out and kill him? How do you tell them what i... more »t's like? Or about the sunsets on the mountains or the green of Viet Nam, or the sounds and the smells, and the people, the girl who can't even say your name, but you know you love her. There was nothing any of them could say. So most of them rode home in silence.
In this, her twenty-fifth best-selling novel, Danielle Steel takes us to the war in Viet Nam with all its power and tragedy and excitement.
As a journalist, Paxton Andrews would experience Viet Nam firsthand. We follow her from Savannah to Berkeley and then to Saigon.
For the soldiers she know and met there, Viet Nam would change their lives in ways they could never have imagined.
Peter Wilson, fresh from law school, was a new recruit who would confront his fate in Da Nang.
Ralph Johnson, a seasoned AP correspondent, had been in Saigon since the beginnning. He knew Viet Nam and the war inside out.
Bill Quinn, captain of the Cu Chi tunnel rats, was on his fourth tour of duty and it seemed that nothing could touch him.
Sergeant Tony Campobello had come to Viet Nam from the streets of New York to vent a rage that had turned him into a formidable fighting machine.
For seven years, Paxton Andrews would write an acclaimed newspaper column from the front before finally returning to the States and then attending the Paris peace talks. But for her and the men who fought in Viet Nam, life would never be the same.« less