The Year of the Lieutenant

by John Harrington



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 7/27/2016

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 252
ISBN : 9781480834149
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 252
ISBN : 9781480834156

About the Book

In September 1967, with the Vietnam War raging, Lieutenant Jim Doyle arrives at a small United States Air Force radar site in Nakhon Sarang, a town in central Thailand. He is the new administrative officer for the site, where the work is in support of the bombing of North Vietnam and Laos.

As the year wears on, Doyle must not only deal with the internal politics of the site’s leaders, but also with troubled officers and airmen, his own conflicted feelings about the war, and his entanglements with several Thai women, some bawdy, and some uplifting. His confused emotions lead him to become awkwardly involved in another lieutenant’s romantic situation, one that ends badly for everyone. At the end of his year-long assignment, Doyle leaves Nakhon Sarang and Thailand disappointed in his inability to have made sense of his experience, a feeling that will continue to trouble him for years to come.

Although ultimately a sad tale, the story is also a portrait of young Americans dropped into an exotic culture in wartime, portraying them with humor, sometimes risqué and sometimes farcical, but always with an underlying empathy.

About the Author

John Harrington worked in the magazine business, primarily in the circulation and distribution area, for most of his business life. He served five years in the US Air Force, stationed in Texas, Thailand, and Arizona. He originally wrote “The Year of The Lieutenant” in the mid-1970’s, not long after leaving the military. It was not a good time for fiction related to the Vietnam War. A few years ago, he began working on it again. He lives in Rhode Island, with his wife, Eileen, and near to his son, Jim, his daughter-in-law, Amy, and his two granddaughters, Elizabeth and Olivia.