"Greatness of name in the father oft-times overwhelms the son; they stand too near one another. The shadow kills the growth." Ben Jonson (1573-1637)
In a Huey gunship squadron in Vietnam, First Lieutenant Ross Teemer, an overly conscientious firstborn, has a mentor suddenly transferred, a good friend go over the edge, and his best friend go missing in action.
Major “Bull” Angus couldn’t care less about Teemer’s problems. He’ll squash anyone to keep his Lieutenants in line and his secret agenda on course—even if he has to kiss up to the Green Berets, steal secret messages from the squadron files, and subvert the squadron’s secret CIA mission.
Teemer, still burdened by his childhood experiences with an enemy within, finally puts the pieces of the mystery together. Now he must decide to listen to his friends and forget about it, or intervene in the Major’s vindictive attempt to win the unwinnable—a desperate move that could turn the Vietnam War into WWIII. Teemer’s decision creates problems he never imagined and forces an action that makes aviation history.
Described by one reader as a cross between Pat Conroy's Lords of Discipline and Tom Clancy's Hunt for Red October, A Killing Shadow is a fictional account of the helicopter war in Vietnam. Set against the actual locations and historically accurate combat actions of Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine units in 1969, the story weaves the exploits of First Lieutenant Ross Teemer, his friends Cat's Ass, Freud, Teach, and Blue Dog, and their nemesis, Major Richard Angus, around the aircraft and missions of that war. Infantry operations, helicopter resupply, recon team insert and extract, medevac, medical treatment, and close-air support serve as dramatic backdrops for the struggle of wills between determined men. Missions into Laos conducted by the Special Forces heighten the mystery surrounding Major Angus and builds the plot's military intrigue. Humorous, fast-moving, and full of characters you'll recognize from your own life experiences--military or civilian--A Killing Shadow is more than a good read; it's an engaging illustration of the extraordinary effort Americans made for South Vietnam and for each other.
A Killing Shadow is a 369-page hardback with a four-color dustjacket. New copies are available at www.amazon.com. New, signed copies are available from Allyn Hinton at MarinePatches@aol.com.