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By Brungar, Carole
It's Christmas in the killing fields of Vietnam, and Corporal Scott Taylor calls his men together and hands out mail from a school back home, unaware the card he opens will change his life forever.
'I heard about the mail from school students that got sent to the soldiers serv...ing in Vietnam,' shares Carole. 'I realised there was a story I wanted to tell and Loving Summer was born!'
Loving Summer is Carole Brungar's fourth Vietnam-themed novel. She believes there are many more Vietnam stories yet to be told. 'I'm enjoying doing my small part to help keep the memories of our participation in this war alive. There are just as many stories to come out of Vietnam as there are from previous world wars, and very few New Zealanders are writing about them.'
As an ex-journalist Brungar spends many hours researching to make sure her novels are historically accurate. 'I spent some time researching the communes and communities in New Zealand in the 60s and 70s and found there were quite a large number. They all ran a little differently, but with similar ideologies. I also found that the lifestyle of those living in communities was transient, people moved from community to community whenever they wanted and many only had what they could fit in a bag or car. That seemed like the perfect lifestyle for my heroine.'Read more
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When Kiwi nurse Ronnie McIlroy volunteers to spend twelve months nursing in a South Vietnamese hospital in 1967, she's ill-prepared for the poverty-stricken country, the people, or the impact it has. Wonderful tale of love, hope, and courage in the face of adversity.
To carefree, naive, young soldier Terry Edwards, life's an adventure. But how easy is it to cope with the extreme fear in intense emotions that come with war in Vietnam, when you know that life balances on the accuracy of a bullet to meet its target? Sometimes, taking chances is ...the only way to stay alive.
For combat photographer Frankie Proctor, every young soldier in Vietnam has a story to tell. The problem is, can she tell it before the war claims them? Or her? Days are filled with bloodshed and death. Sometimes the only way to cope is to grab any opportunity you can to celebrate that you're still alive.
Destined to belong to a brotherhood of men who live in the shadows of Nam, Terry finds himself fighting a war he never saw coming. As Vietnam eats away at him from the inside, can he outrun the shadow? Can Frankie?
"Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live." - Norman Cousins
The Nam Shadow is Terry's story.Read more
"The Nam Legacy is an epic love story set during the 60's and 70's. When the Rolling Stones and Jefferson Airplane drove parents crazy, teenagers found sexual freedom and peace slogans covered placards. When the Vietnam War abducted the nation's young men and sent them to fight i...n New Zealand's most controversial campaign. After eighteen months in Vietnam, New Zealand soldier Jack Coles thought killing others to stay alive would be the hardest thing he would ever have to live with. He was wrong. Although the nightmare of what he saw and did haunt him constantly, what tortures him the most is what he left behind"--Back cover.Read more
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