Book: American Warrior by James Snydercategories: Book, Action Adventure, War, Military, Young Adult, Prison, Cage Fighting, Vietnam War, Martial Arts, MMA, Literary, Studies and Observations, Coming of Age
James Snyderabout this book: American Warrior is the coming-of-age odyssey of Paul Brett. It is told through Paul's present-tense perspective, so the reader is literally in the here-and-now with him, as the story unfolds through the three phases of his journey. It begins in his childhood, dealing with an abusive father and the gangs roaming his tough neighborhood of China Slough. There he meets an old Dutch martial-arts master named Draeger, who takes him under his wing, teaching him his deadly skills, which most likely save his life. Phase two takes Paul into the war in Vietnam and his time as a special ops soldier with the top-secret Studies and Observations Group, operating dangerously and illegally inside Laos. What happens there results in Paul being sent to the notorious Naval Disciplinary Command prison known as the Castle. And what he encounters there makes the war look like a playground.
The genesis of the novel comes from two people from my past: an old Dutchman, I met as a boy, still mourning the death of his wife and daughter in WWII, and a most amazing soldier I met while stationed in Europe. The book is for readers who love their action and adventure with a literary bent.
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