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War Crimes

Coming in 2018, from the pen of Martin Robert Grossman, the second book in the Jerry Andrews Crime Series...... WAR CRIMES

War Crimes is the second book in the Jerry Andrews Crime Series. It is, what the author calls, a meat and cheese, burrito book—fiction wrapped in a factual tortilla.

War Crimes is the story about one Vietnamese family and follows the travails, hardships, prejudice, and horror they faced once they reached the shores of their new home—The United States of America. It is also a story of four American soldiers who fought in the Vietnam War and came home to a different America—home to begin their lives anew in hopes of a better outcome than what they’d left on the jungle battlefields of Vietnam.

In 1975, the Phan family leaves Vietnam in the mass exodus from the tyrannical and vindictive Communist rulers that now run their once peaceful country. Eventually, they make their way to America where they become naturalized citizens of their new, adopted home. They relocate to Seabrook, Texas, where the family patriarch, An Phan, his wife, Cam, and their son, Lanh, can fish for their livelihood like their family had done in their former homeland.

By 1979, The American fishermen in Seabrook, become violent toward the new immigrants because of added competition for the limited fish resource, fueled by anti-Vietnam racism. The Phan family and other, newly naturalized Vietnamese, purchase boats and become a small, but tight, community within a community. They receive little help from local law enforcement, state, and community leaders. Over the tumultuous years, the Phan family has another son, Long, and a daughter, Huong. 

Things begin to reach a boiling point as the fishing becomes leaner for the long-time residents of Seabrook because of perceived, Vietnamese incursion into their fishing grounds. With money getting tighter and food for their tables getting scarcer, the situation in Seabrook becomes explosive—just the kind of soup the KKK likes to dip their ladle into! 

After several boat burnings and two murders, the Texas Rangers assign Ranger, Jon Compton to the case. Compton, a former Vietnam Veteran, eventually resolves the case, sends the KKK packing, and the people of Seabrook return to their lives with a guarded, but optimistic, understanding and appreciation, of their new neighbors.

Di Phan, the younger brother of An Phan is secreted out of Vietnam by the infamous drug lord and double agent, Colonel Vinh Ho. It is Vinh Ho that facilitates the 1969 torture and mutilation of Charles Endicott, an American agent, at the hands of his NVA ally, Di Phan and a Russian advisor. Vinh Ho sets up Di Phan in the tiny Texas gulf coast town of Texas City, where Di runs the Colonel's drug and prostitution rackets. Di Phan lives just seventeen miles from his family but has been ordered not to contact them—ever! The Phan family thinks, despite his service for the north, that their younger brother was killed during the communist take-over of Vietnam.  

After twenty-three years on the Los Angeles Police Force, Jerry Andrews moves to Mexico and goes into retirement. He has been living in the Baja town of Loreto for two years and, while he enjoys his new-found freedom, he is getting bored. One day while drinking in his favorite watering hole, the Chili Pepper, he sees a television report about a murder in the small Texas town of Seabrook. A Vietnamese businessman has been killed and a death card left on the body. In a dis-associative episode, Jerry vividly remembers an operation during the Vietnam War where an operative from MACV/SOG accompanied him into the field and did the same thing—threw the ace of spades, the death card, on two dead enemy combatants. The operative, Charley Endicott, was a raging psycho and even though they were on the same side of the coin, Jerry feared Endicott, not physically, but because Endicott had no moral compass. Fortunately, Jerry only went on the one operation with Endicott, who soon dropped off the planet—like most of these kinds of operatives are prone to do.

Two joggers discover a body in a park near the Seabrook small boat harbor. Shane Jenson, of the Seabrook Police Department, is assigned the case. A middle-aged Vietnamese male has been found with his throat slashed and a single bullet to the chest—an ace of spades has been neatly placed on the body. Jenson has never been assigned a murder case in the eight years since he’s been with the Seabrook PD—because there hadn’t been any.  Seabrook is a sleepy little Gulfport town with a diverse but friendly population. Crime in Seabrook, up to now, has been limited to a few domestic squabbles, an occasional breaking and entering by local teens, some speeding and parking tickets, and Saturday night drunks. While Jenson was competent and confident, he would soon be in over his head—and need to get help from Retired Texas Ranger, Jon Compton.

Jon Compton retires from the Texas Rangers and moves to Seabrook where he lives with the Phan family. He likes the Vietnamese community and is accepted by them as he is accepting of them. On the outside, Compton has put the war behind him, although like most Vietnam Veterans he continues to fight his demons.

While serving with the Texas Rangers, Jon Compton followed the newspaper reports of his old friend, and Special Forces teammate, Jerry Andrews.  Jerry had been the lead Los Angeles PD detective that solved the Little Saigon Slasher case.  Compton was saddened after reading about the deaths of his other friends, Preacher, and Willy Beal; Willy had saved his bacon more than once when they were on A-255 together. Compton and Andrews hook-up to help the Seabrook PD solve this case—where bazaar twists and turns defy the imagination. 

One body turns into two then, three, four, five; while one killer turns into two, then three. As the bodies pile up, the two former Vietnam warriors race the clock to save a town from plunging back in time, to an era best left forgotten. War Crimes will take you on the roller-coaster ride of your life and deliver you into the inner workings of a dangerous and disoriented mind that should have been left to rot, like the vegetation on the floors of Vietnam's jungles.

Prepare yourselves to go through the portal, known as—THE ZONE—back in time, to a place where truth is stranger than fiction. 

The cost of a ticket to ride this long black train is, you must have become collateral damage during the War in Vietnam. You didn’t have to be boots on the ground. You could have been family, a wife, or a sweetheart that gave your proud GI the brown helmet—there were many forms of collateral damage during and after the Vietnam War. You must have paid your dues in spades to belong to this exclusive club—if not, the ride will be rougher, and the carnage unbelievable. 

 

“No Gut’s, No Glory.”

 

Club Saigon

It all started in 1969 when Staff Sergeant Jerry Andrews of Special Forces A-Detachment 255 brought six of his team members back to Pleiku in body bags—It was the longest chopper ride of his life.

Twenty-two years later, Jerry is a middle-aged police detective that has been assigned to a mysterious string of brutal serial killings in the "Little Saigon" section of Los Angeles. The similarities of the killings bring back ghastly memories of Jerry's three tours in the jungles of the central highlands during the Vietnam War. All the victims are Vietnamese. All the victims have been mutilated in a similar fashion. There is no doubt in Jerry's mind that the murders are linked, somewhere, to his past—a past where he’d fought side by side with his U.S. Army, Green Beret, brothers in the jungles of Vietnam. 

Colonel Vinh Ho and his family escaped Vietnam in the airlift of 1975. They were taken out by chopper just as the American Embassy fell into the hands of the North Vietnamese Army and the Communist Government of Ho Chi Minh. Vinh Ho had political clout in the South and friends in the north, as well as being a CIA double agent. During the war years, he’d made many political contacts on both sides of the pond and amassed enormous wealth… wealth that he spread over Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. Unbeknownst to the American government that supported him, he had parlayed his ill-gotten gains into a huge illicit drug business operating out of the Golden Triangle in Southeast Asia. Vinh Ho personally headed up his operation and, with the help of an ex-patriot American, ruled it with an iron fist. 

Gunner McConnell was smuggled out of Vietnam under unusual circumstances. He was a member of Special Forces A-Detachment 255 at Plei Me. As a Special Forces A-Team member, he was a cool and calculating, cold-blooded killer. After the war, Gunner only cared about two things in life… pussy and prosperity. Colonel Vinh Ho took care of Gunner's needs and Gunner ran the Colonel's drug operation, just as directed, with an iron fist. It was on one of Gunner's frequent trips to L.A. that Jerry Andrews first became aware of his presence. As it happened, the timing of his trip coincided with one of the murders he was investigating and Jerry knew he had a new lead, a "person of interest," in the person of his former teammate. 

William Baines Beal, "Willy," was also one of the former members of A-255, one of the team members that didn't fill a body bag on that fateful day back in '69. Like a lot of his former mates, life after Nam became an interminable fight for existence and a daily battle for his physical and mental life. Willy had become a street person, an alcoholic, and a man, who when he was sober, had a penchant for American political history—especially the political history of the Vietnam War. Willy, like many of his brother warriors, was locked out of America when he came home from the unpopular war. Like many of these warriors, Willy, was headed for an anonymous death, a cheap pine box and an obscure burial in "Potter's Field." When his friend, "Preacher," dies from AIDS, Willy becomes a man with a mission, a man driven by acrimony and vindictiveness. Willy blames the death of his friend on the drugs and dirty needles that were sold to him by the pushers in the Colonel's vast drug organization. Willy, for all his shortcomings, knows that Gunner McConnell is still alive. Willy also knows that Jerry is one of L.A.'s finest and meets with him from time to time at Jerry's favorite watering hole—the 44 Magnum. Willy Beal knows all about Colonel Vinh Ho, the drug cartel he ran out of Vietnam and the drug empire he has built up in Little Saigon—and he means to tear it down! 

CLUB SAIGON is a fast-paced, serious, story of life after the Vietnam War for four members of A-Detachment 255. All the characters are as divergent in their lifestyles as they are in their sensibilities. CLUB SAIGON will keep you on the edge of your chair, and just when you think you know who the serial killer is, another plot twist will lead you down the convoluted path that leads you through the front door of CLUB SAIGON—where membership is required!

 

 

 

CLUB SAIGON is published by Koehler Books, and their Battle Flag Books, imprint.  Available for sale from @ Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble  B&N.com, BAM Books a Million.com  e-mail queries directly to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Oscar the Otter

Oscar the Otter is a delightfully charming story of a rather willful little girl, her somewhat rapscallion father, and a friendly, but hungry Sea Otter—who does Erin and her dad one gigantic good turn they won’t soon forget. Written under the author’s previous pen name, Michael Prince and illustrated by Kate Gartner.

OSCAR THE OTTER is out of stock and will be unavailable until further notice.

The Totems of Seldovia

One dark night on a windswept beach, an old man, known to the villagers of Seldovia, Alaska, as The Teller of Tales, tells a story that he has never told before. His story is full of history, adventure, and intrigue. An aura of mystery surrounds the tale and draws you in like a warm fire on a cold winter's night. He challenges only those who believe his story and are brave enough to face the hazards of the trail to go on the adventure of a lifetime.

Three children answer his call; the older and more serious, Jason, his younger sister, the "pesky," Angela and his best friend, the "skeptical," Mikey. Together, like Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, they try to unravel the myriad of clues that surround The Mystery of the Sea Cave; clues that can only be found in the faces of the Totems of Seldovia. Follow along with them as they try to find the key that will unlock The Great Wooden Door and reveal the secrets that lie beyond.

As the tale unwinds you will find yourself racing down a trail and hiding from a hungry bear. You will travel along a dusty road where the "Dust Devils" rise to meet you, or looking for clues in the old cemetery while two ominous looking Raven's stare at you like their next meal… Or, you could get lucky while waiting for the high tide to turn in Kachemak Bay and join our trio of adventurers for a lunch consisting of Mom's delicious blueberry pie.

The Totems of Seldovia will take you on a roller coaster adventure in the age of innocence. A search for treasure beyond your wildest dreams… So, come along with us in search of the secrets of The Totems of Seldovia.

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The Pigs of Lake Hood

The Pigs of Lake Hood provides satirical humor for children from 9 to 109. It is sure to please and tickle your “funny bone” imparting an expansively different view of animal experimentation that was actually performed on Gull Island in Anchorage Alaska during the 1990’s. Written under the author’s previous pen name, Michael Prince and illustrated by Luke Ketner.