In author Richard S. Greeley's exciting title, a high-tech CIA sensor on the Ho Chi Minh Trail picks a signal sounding like a baby crying and the mother singing a lullaby in English. What does this mean? The Vietnam War brings together many unlikely lovers. Mai Tanh is a North Vietnamese girl who flees from Hanoi with her family to escape the vicious persecution of Ho Chi Minh. Roger Malcolm is a civilian engineer sent to an American base in Thailand, where Mai Tanh has become a “Hooch girl” maid in the officers’ quarters. His assignment, direct from the Secretary of Defense, is: “Get this ‘McNamara Wall’ with its high tech sensors into operation immediately to stop the North Vietnamese from infiltrating south so we can end the war.”
The two soon fall in love despite his urgent mission, but Roger is hurt in the battle for Khe Sanh, and again during the Tet Offensive in Saigon. Mai Tanh is captured by the North Vietnamese Army and put to work clearing mines from the Trail, a task with a short lifespan. Will the war separate the lovers forever or will they find a way to be together? Flight from Hanoi will tug on your heartstrings.
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About the Author: Richard S. Greeley has doctorates in physical chemistry and nuclear engineering. He served in the Korean War as chief engineering officer aboard the destroyer USS Van Valkenburgh, DD-656. His activities at the Mitre Corporation included witnessing the U.S. thermonuclear weapons tests in 1962 and assisting in the operations of the “McNamara Wall,” a system of high-tech sensors deployed from a base in Thailand during the Vietnam War in 1967. He shifted to non-military work in 1968, and has since has been actively involved in alternative energy projects including solar, wind, and tidal to solve the problem of global warming. He has published books of fiction and nonfiction on his experiences.