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About twenty years post Vietnam War, Jake, USAF, and Crow, a Navy SEAL, escape from two different POW camps still holding U.S. prisoners. They meet by chance and decide to try their hand at getting back home. In the past the Vietnamese army has found all escapees.

 

Continuing to walk west, Jake and Crow meet Ed, USMC, left for dead many years earlier and his partner Michelle, who join them. The four encounter challenges, including a drug gang that wants them dead. Even the U.S. Embassy is unwilling to revise their findings that these men can’t be alive.

 

Do they make it?


Foreword Clarion Review:

Men Come Home from Work . . . Late
Galen Hobbs

AuthorHouse (Nov 2, 2017)
Softcover $19.95 (364pp)
978-1-5462-0907-2

Fast moving and written with gusto, Men Come Home from Work … Late is a consumable and terrific storm of bullets. Not so long ago, talking heads in the American media spoke of “Vietnam syndrome.” This term denoted Washington’s unwillingness to get involved in another counterinsurgency quagmire. For prisoners of war Jake Brennan and Phil Crow, “Vietnam syndrome” means next to nothing. After all, until the action described in Men Come Home from Work … Late, both men have yet to leave Vietnam, let alone learn any lessons from President Johnson’s failed war there. This novel has the feel of an 1980s action film transcribed to print. Jake, formerly of the United States Air Force, and Crow, a former Navy SEAL, make a daring escape from their jungle captivity and end up in neighboring Laos. The
only problem is that Laos is rotten with communist fighters and drug gangs. Both of these groups want the Americans dead.

In the former French protectorate turned kingdom turned communist country, Jake and Crow join forces with a Marine named Ed and a striking woman named Michelle. As a fearsome foursome, these battled-hardened Americans must fight their way back to the West. Guns, guts, and glory are the name of the game.

This novel is two-fisted and full of literary gristle. It characters, to quote Robert E. Howard, are “rough and rude” with dirty hands and only the thinnest pretension toward civilization. The text indicates a thorough familiarity with the world of the US military, nailing the black humor of many Vietnam veterans. Jake and Crow are rough and ready characters, and their opponents are not stale caricatures. These are believable tough guys (and gals).

The writing is far from flashy—military argot and jargon are its common parlance. Military history plays a role, including information about Major Robert Rogers and the Rogers’ Rangers, the Loyalist militiamen in colonial America who became renowned for their use of deep penetration tactics, ambushes, and stealth warfare.

From the very beginning, it is obvious what will happen to the plucky Americans caught up in Southeast Asia. The book is well stocked with clichés and archetypes. However, unlike many books about the Vietnam War, this one contains some well-drawn depictions of “the enemy,” with figures like General Nguyen Tuan Le and Colonel Duong Manh Oanh coming across as bureaucratically oppressed professionals. In other words, these Vietnamese soldiers are like soldiers anywhere else in the world.

All meat-and-potatoes action, this is a story for those who remember or are interested in the Vietnam War and its many tributaries. Fast moving and written with gusto, Men Come Home from Work … Late is a consumable and terrific storm of bullets.

BENJAMIN WELTON (June 11, 2018)

 

Review #1

I just finished “Men Come Home From Work –  Late,” and the book was fascinating. I flew Recce in Vietnam in 1966 and there but the Grace of God goes I. This book was written with a lot of research, that makes it authentic. I could not put it down until I was finished. The reader will feel as if they were with the hero. It is well worth your time to read this book. Jack USAF (RET)

 

Review #2

I just got around to reading your book, finished it today. I thoroughly enjoyed it and ranked it among the “big boys” like John Grisholm. If the right publisher gets it you’ll be famous. Well done!

John – June 29, 2018

 

Review #3

I just finished reading your novel and enjoyed it immensely.
Congratulations on its publication!

And yes it was difficult to put down – especially after Jake and Crow meet Ed and Michelle.

Your last page is priceless!
A warning that is as appropriate and universal today as it was the time of the book’s setting. I guess somethings never change.

Dennis – July 16, 2018

 

Review #4

Galen, a follow up as you suggested. Your book; Men Come Home From Work… Late, is a fantastic story. It shows the amount of research to make your story so creditable.. It’s a book I’d highly recommend. And, hopefully a sequel will be in the works.

Bob – July 18, 2018