Published: April 2015
Surrounded by misty Tennessee mountain tops and thundering river gorges, Melody Hill is Duff Coleridge’s home town, one he believes is as close to heaven as one can get on this earth. Yet, he is leaving. He has joined the military and heading to the war in Vietnam.
With the instincts of a natural warrior the young paratrooper quickly proves himself a more than capable soldier and is recruited into the shadowy world of black-ops. Despite months of jungle fighting, Duff soon finds counter-espionage is an even more dangerous proposition when he is approached by a female South Vietnamese intelligence operative. Are her advances based on true attraction, or are they merely a means of exploitation? Is this beautiful French-Vietnamese woman, as his CIA boss claims, a Vietcong spy?
Duff must depend on his natural intuition and instincts to know who is telling the truth.
His CIA boss, who seems more rogue than company man, is dealing arms on the black market when he’s not delivering an arbitrary and ruthless justice to the local populace.
Duff realizes he must get out before it’s too late, but only then does he discover he is already trapped in a lethal game of cat and mouse.
About the author:
Writer, photographer, and avid outdoorsman Rick DeStefanis lives in northern Mississippi with his wife of forty years, Janet. While his nonfiction writing, such as The Philosophy of Big Buck Hunting, focuses on his outdoor excursions, it is his military expertise that informs his novels. His works, Raeford’s MVP (coming fall, 2015), Melody Hill, and the award-winning novel The Gomorrah Principle, all draw from his experiences as a paratrooper and infantry light weapons specialist serving from 1970 to 1972 with the 82nd Airborne Division. Learn more about DeStefanis and his books at his blog, or you can visit Rick on Facebook at Rick DeStefanis Books and Photography