This is a synopsis of a book I have been working on for years.

The “Counterpart Campaign” is a historical novel loosely based on both fictional and actual events surrounding the Vietnam War.  It chronicles the experiences of a young, naïve nurse who volunteers for civilian service in South Vietnam. Brenna O’Sullivan is a new college graduate with a Master’s Degree in Pediatric Nursing. In the final years of the United States involvement in this fiercely, polarizing conflict, she blithely retains a utopic belief in her ability to help rescue the Amerasian street children. As a patriot, she loves her country and supports the troops but questions congressional wisdom in requiring our military to aid in the human suffering of what she actually believes to be a civil war.  Understanding though that only the military planners possess all of the facts, Brenna is content with caring for the sick, the abandoned, and the housing of homeless children.  Then a directive is issued by the Pentagon for the expatriation of all American civilians in Vietnam. The order is handed off to the Military Assistance Command for Vietnam (MACV) located in Hawaii. In Vietnam, the responsibility for compliance to the directive for U.S. citizens lands on the desk of Lieutenant General Francis Halstead Cavanaugh, a battle-hardened officer at MACV in Saigon.  Having given nearly three decades of his life to military service, he quickly ascended the chain of command unencumbered by either wife or family. Divorced for over twenty-five years, the army is his life.  The strait-laced, West Point graduate is now realizing that middle age is stealthily passing him by.  Finding a wife in his age-bracket, from a similar socio-economic background, and one without a financial motive, is discouraging.   He is struggling with the prospect of facing a lonely retirement. Although passionately devoted to his country, the General is nonetheless empathic toward the hardships of the innocent Vietnamese that are caught in the struggle, particularly the women and children.  This human story explores many facets of life from hate, fear, and death to acceptance, forgiveness, and love.

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