my novel PHUNG HOANG LEGACY was a semi- Finalist in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel contest.
“I killed him!” Psychologist John Moore listened in disbelief to his Vietnam War PTSD patient late one afternoon.
The next day the patient, Tom Reed, is found dead—a questionable suicide.
To find answers, Moore, a vet himself, is forced to return to Vietnam, now the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to seek the ex-CIA agent, Tod Ramsey, who had committed war crimes in the steamy jungles of Vietnam, and possibly killed his patient Tom Reed.
Moore carries a mental rucksack of his Vietnam War demons from that mysterious, sweltering, and diverse country. Facing the trauma again in the land that created them, he joins with his old enemies, formerly the North Vietnamese Army, to pursue Ramsey. Moore struggles ethically with the conflict of hunting an American while allied with former war enemies and their descendants, who have bitter memories of the Americans killing their fathers, uncles, and brothers.
Depressed with the loss of his wife to cancer, Moore’s loneliness in the humid jungles is further compounded by his developing affection for an attractive female National Police Agent, assigned to catch the corrupt American. They chase Ramsey from Vietnam into Laos, along the past war’s supply route—the Ho Chi Minh trail. In this present-day Vietnam Moore is forced to kill again, reliving his war with its anxiety and the trauma.
Phung Hoang Legacy is a thriller, a journey in time for John Moore, a fate destined on the killing fields of the American Indochina War over thirty years ago. It’s about corruption, moral conflict, and killing in war with its permanent emotional damage.
The Vietnamese word Phung Hoang means Phoenix—the mythical bird reborn from its own ashes. The novel was inspired from my tour in the Vietnam War as an Army Airborne Ranger captain with the 101st Airborne Division.