After almost a hundred years of brutal colonial rule, the French lost control of North Vietnam after they were defeated at Dienbienfu in 1954. Fearing a communist push to control all of Indochina the U.S. sent military advisors to help train the South Vietnamese army. This is the genesis of the Vietnam War.
This novel is the epic story of that monumental struggle and Dave Rockwood’s ten year odyssey. He has a good job, or so he thought, a beautiful wife and an infant son. Everything is perfect or so it seems. Through his work, he meets and bonds with a major in the U.S. army who has recently returned from overseas. The major tells Dave of the exciting things that are going on in Vietnam. Dave is fascinated with the major’s stories. The major tells Dave of a civilian program that is recruiting interpreters for overseas duty and will train the applicants. The major can set up an interview if Dave is interested. Dave’s job had recently taken a turn for the worse and he jumps at the chance, certain that his wife, Janette, will support him in his new career. He is accepted into the program. Janette is livid when he tells her what he has done. Because of unforeseen circumstances, it is too late for Dave to reconsider his options and must at least stay with his new job on a temporary basis.
Dave finds himself preparing to land in Saigon, his marriage in a shambles and has no idea of what he has gotten himself into. The odyssey begins. The Emerald Odyssey is the story of the Vietnam War and much more. It is a story of adventure, love, romance, intrigue, betrayal, hatred, redemption, surprises and humor. Come along on this odyssey if you are up to it. It will be a memorable experience.