Arizona Moon

A Novel of Vietnam
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Binding:Hardback
Published:October 15, 2016
By J. M. Graham (Author)

 

Recipient of the W.Y. Boyd Award for Excellence in Military Fiction by American Library Association

In 1967, the infamous Arizona Territory of Vietnam’s An Hoa basin was a crucible that forged the souls of men. Through the booby-trapped trails of one of the conflict’s most hotly contested free-fire zones, thousands of Vietnamese and Americans fought and died while others learned what it means to finally live.

Arizona Moon binds together the fates of three men who went to war to find meaning, but found only Vietnam. Cpl. Raymond Strader is a Marine Corps squad leader and designated platoon sniper who is counting down the days before he can return to Pennsylvania. LCpl. Noche Gonshayee is an Apache Indian feared by his fellow Marines and who sees any non-Apache as a potential enemy. Truong Nghi is a North Vietnamese Army (NVA) student volunteer caught up in patriotic fervor and is helping an NVA unit move munitions south in anticipation of the Tet Offensive.

Blood is shed when Nghi’s NVA unit silently eliminates a listening post lead by Gonshayee and disappears into the night. What the Marine platoon finds in the morning doesn’t look like an NVA action, but murder. The comatose Gonshayee is the only suspect.

Fresh from the Arizona Territory, Corporal Strader has only two days and a wakeup remaining of his time in country when bureaucratic expedience rips him away from finalizing his departure paperwork and throws him back into the line of fire. His assignment was supposed to be a simple escort mission to bring a prisoner back to An Hoa. But when the NVA shoot down the helicopter carrying Strader and Gonshayee, a deadly game of cat and mouse breaks out across the face of the Ong Tu Mountains as the NVA desperately try to protect their cargo and the Marines try to save their comrades. Through blood, bullets, and brotherhood, the characters of Arizona Moon are cast into the fire of conflict, transforming into the men they were destined to become.

Compelling and relentless, Arizona Moon presents two sides of a conflict that epitomizes esprit de corps and leaves no one unscathed.

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Product Details
  • Subject: Fiction
  • Hardback : 320 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (October 15, 2016)
  • ISBN-10: 1682470717
  • ISBN-13: 9781682470718
  • Product Dimensions: 9.25 X 6.12 in
  • Shipping Weight: 24 oz
Praise
  • Arizona Moon will take its place among the best literature of the Vietnam War. It ranks among The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien, Fields of Fire by James Webb, and Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes. J. M. Graham's novel joins the canon of must-read works about one of our nation's most searing conflicts.”—TOM YOUNG, author of The Mullah's Storm, Silent Enemy, and Sand and Fire
  • “The lush, beautiful but deadly Vietnamese forests and mountains are personified as enemies or friends, depending on who traverses them. Finally, although the banter between American Marines is crass and funny, the intensity of their bond, highlighted by their determination to rescue and protect their own, exemplifies the goal of their jobs in the middle of the direst, life-threatening conditions. Ironically, the NVA team shares the same love of brother and country. Arizona Moon is a unique, highly recommended historical novel that will remain seared in every reader’s memory.”—The Historical Novels Review
  • “The novel’s beating heart is the power, scope, and ramifications of duty, loyalty, and brotherhood. A second narrative thread is concise, focused, and nuanced. Exploring its themes at a pace that never slackens, the story’s tension, especially during combat scenes, ratchets up so tightly at times that gunshots seem to echo. Increasingly oppressive and malevolent as the conflict intensifies, the Vietnamese jungle becomes a cinematic setting, echoing noises fraught with danger as illusions shift in the rain and mist between enemies and friends. Arizona Moon is an intense study of men at war, with a restrained and realistic conclusion.”—Foreword Magazine
  • Arizona Moon is a splendid novel about the Marines in the Hell of the Arizona Territory in Vietnam, written by a Navy Corpsman who was there. He makes the action, the drudgery, the heat so real you can smell it. Thanks to J.M. Graham for sharing his memories of what it was really like.”—JOSEPH L. GALLOWAY, author of We Were Soldiers Once...and Young, We Are Soldiers Still, and Triumph Without Victory: A History of the Persian Gulf War
  • “This is one of the best of the Marine Corps Vietnam War thrillers I’ve read, and I highly recommend it. We get lots of cowboy and Indian imagery, a debunking of John Wayne, the myth of the Island of the Black Clap, rear echelon bashing, seeing of the elephant, and Iwo Jima references. ARVNs are bashed, too. All the usual stuff, that is, plus an exciting thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat. If you are looking for a Marine Corps thriller, make this your next one.”The VVA Veteran
  • “Reading James Graham’s Arizona Moon, I am reminded of William Blake’s ‘World in a grain of sand’: With the exception of the epilogue, the entire arc of this story encompasses barely twenty-four hours, yet Graham packs his narrative with vivid details and the gritty accuracy needed to convey what it felt like to be a Marine infantryman in Vietnam. Though many storytellers have tried, only a few have succeeded. J. M. Graham joins that short-list.” —W. D. EHRHART, author of Ordinary Lives: Platoon 1005 and Vietnam-Perkasie: A Combat Marine Memoir
  • Arizona Moon will take its place among the best literature of the Vietnam War. It ranks among The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien, Fields of Fire by James Webb, and Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes. J. M. Graham's novel joins the canon of must-read works about one of our nation's most searing conflicts.”—TOM YOUNG, author of The Mullah's Storm, Silent Enemy, and Sand and Fire
  • “Written by Vietnam veteran J.M. Graham (who served as a combat corpsman with the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines in 1967) and grounded in his real-life experiences, Arizona Moon: A Novel of Vietnam is a harrowing, unforgettable novel about the nightmarish Arizona Territory in Vietnam. Riveting from cover to cover, Arizona Moon is vivid and harrowing in its detail, and highly recommended.” —The Midwest Book Review

J.M. Graham enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1965 and served as a combat corpsman with the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines in 1967. He currently lives and writes in western Pennsylvania.

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5.00 Stars
A Most Enjoyable Read
Thursday, September 15, 2016
By: J. Kennedy
The timeframe of the book is actually quite short but the author, through his vivid descriptions and detailed knowledge of the time, brings the experiences of the Marine platoon in Vietnam to life. The characters are well-developed and their stories hold the readers interest in what is a most enjoyable read.
 

 
 

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