Vietnam … Viet-Bloody-Nam is a gritty Davide A. Cottone story that revolves around two childhood friends, Manfred and Tony, who were nurtured in the country-side in the fifties and enjoyed the utopia of a nation at peace that was carefree and full of hope after WWII.
Vietnam replaced all that with a dystopia where conflicting ideologies trapped one in the dehumanising cauldron of war and spat out the other onto the streets in protest against it.
As they tried to adjust to a new divided Australia one hid from the society that spurned him while the other sought solace in the hippie communes of the North.
Years later, they are reunited and search for a way to re-enter the paradise that Vietnam … Viet-Bloody-Nam, stole from them.
‘Davide Cottone captures the feel of the battle field and the mood of the sixties and seventies beautifully’…Debbie Terranova (full review)
‘The dichotomy of two friends – one who goes to war, one who protests the war – and how their lives evolve, makes for riveting reading. The characters are engrossing, and the scenes of 1950s to 1970s Australia were wonderful. Highly recommend’…Carolyn Martinez, Director Hawkeye Books
‘I found one scene confronting, but I loved this book. Intelligent, thought-provoking’…Jade Rivers
‘Five stars. The critical analysis of the era is woven into a truly interesting story, in vivid settings in Vietnam … Viet-Bloody-Nam. I’d read more by this author’…Jake Cousins
If you liked reading Vietnam … Viet-Bloody-Nam, you might also like to read these historical fiction novels: Canecutter by Davide A. Cottone, Enemies Within These Shores by Debbie Terranova, and Baby Farm by Debbie Terranova.
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