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James Strauss
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Vietnam War Veteran, Writer of Fact and Fiction
Vietnam War Veteran, Writer of Fact and Fiction

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THIRTY DAYS HAS SEPTEMBER. The Tenth Night Second Part. Sitting by the dock of the bay, watching all the ships go by was a song from the previous day...and it was not going to work in a night of shell-shocked misery, sitting on the jungle floor and waiting for a dawn that never going to come....

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THIRTY DAYS HAS SEPTEMBER. The Fifteenth Day Second Part. An Army contingent makes it all the way down Highway 548, snaking through the very bottom of the A Shau Valley. They bring an Ontos 106mm recoilless rifle vehicle. The A Shau waits for them to arrive before welcoming them very warmly to the party being held at the swollen union of an old abandoned air filed and the Bong Song River....

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THIRTY DAYS HAS SEPTEMBER. The Fifteenth Day. The Bong Song River runs deep, winding and hard through the floor of the A Shau Valley. The valley of death consumes life or leaves it bare, wounded and dying to be consumed by the predators that inhabit the living hell...

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THIRTY DAYS HAS SEPTEMBER. The Fourteenth Night Third Part. With darkness comes both relief and fear. Saved from the clutches of the Bong Song River, running wild through the bottom of the A Shau Valley, the feeling of relief for me and my scout team is transitory. Back at the tank, in the middle of the flooding river, with only a supposedly dead crocodile for company, Sergeant Jurgens struggles to stay alive...waiting for Junior, the only likely candidate on earth who may be able to, and want to save him.https://jamesstrauss.com/fourteenth-night-third-part/

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THIRTY DAYS HAS SEPTEMBER. The Fourteenth Night Second Part. Sergeant Jurgens, the crocodile, Barnes body and me, are still out there, stuck behind the upside down body of an enemy tank in the middle of a raging river, with an enemy shooting at them. Can things get worse? Of course. It's the bottom of the Valley of Death in Vietnam....things can always get worse...

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The simple things. I got my boots back yesterday. Lake Geneva has an old fashioned cobbler shop, with the same family of the family of the family running it that has been here for more than a hundred years (or so the lore goes, anyway). The shop is old world, with the machines running, a few people milling about and the ever present smells of oil, leather, rubber and more. I love the place and the people who run it. They, and it, are 'real' in my little world, a world where real means local because I find it so hard to comprehend the world beyond anymore. I am with people and they begin to punch buttons on a phone so I walk away. They get mad. I walk faster. My little world is here. My boots were 65 bucks to totally rebuild. Yes, they have rather strange "non-US Marine" zippers on the sides, which I didn't like but now find convenient. The soles are solid leather that will last longer than me, and the heels are covered in rubber so I can still sneak up on people, instead of appearing flat on my back at their feet. I love my boots. Soon it will be too warm to wear them and I'll have to retire them for the summer. Part of the neat thing about fall is getting my boots out and polishing them for wear. Sounds stupid to many of you reading I am sure. Sometimes it's the little things that count. At least to me.
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Several years ago I published the first volume in a series in hardcover through normal Publishing channel.
The Boy:Mastodon Series sold out quickly and was not enthralled with result to me.
Just released self published Paperback and Digital on Amazon, Smashwords, B&Noble and am pleased with results and income in past few days.
What are your experiences?


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Have had a lot of people ask why it has taken 47 years to write this book. It is covered in an Interview I had with +Chuck Bartok.
But another often asked question why I have the book available to read for FREE on my website.
This short (less than 3 Minute) excerpt explains my reason.

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Why will my book always be available for FREE

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Complete Interview. 34 minutes long.
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