Tag Archives: Leaving the Alamo

Nice review

More or less. Well, just four words, actually. But coming from Marc Leepson, arts editor of the Vietnam Veterans of America’s VVA Veteran magazine, they were aimed right at the target audience: Vietnam vets.

"…a first-rate collection…" he wrote in the January/February issue of my 16-story "Leaving the Alamo, Texas Stories After Vietnam," which is thumbnailed over on the sidebar, at the top, courtesy of Amazon.com. Hasn’t produced a sale yet, but after being ignored by POD-dy Mouth the print-on-demand world’s most famous reviewer, it was a lift, anyhow. Try it, you might like it. Professionally-edited and just a hair over $8. How can you miss?

UPDATE  Well, it was just over $8, then the print-on-demand house, Lulu, repriced it, so now it’s $10.78. Still a bargain, I think.

Fallen troops

Any troop can get killed, thinks Steve, a Vietnam veteran in The Dinner Party, one of the tales in my short story collection Leaving The Alamo. So why should being killed be enough to make you a military hero? He concludes the reason is that, nowadays, fewer and fewer Americans are willing to risk a military death.

And so Our Fallen Soldier, a website by the family of a soldier with California, Texas and Oregon ties, who was killed in Iraq at age 23, makes sense. For once the rollcall of the dead is not a protest gimmick, but a true memorial to American heroes–until something better comes along.