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The Man From Saigon

A Novel

by Marti Leimbach

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The Man From Saigon by Marti Leimbach
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  • Published Feb 2010
    352 pages
    Genre: Literary Fiction

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  • Joan B. (Ellicott City, MD)
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    I read this book during the blizzard of 2010. The descriptions took me straight to the jungle heat, sounds, insects and terror. You really do not care who is on which side or what war is being waged. It is obvious how one can lose objectivity when the struggle for survival is so difficult. Susan , a journalist, showed common sense and passion. Her captors, Anh, Minh and Hien were as stoic as you might expect Vietcong soldiers to be. Marc, the American journalist, was suffering from the stress and fatigue of existing in the war zone. Son "the man" remains an enigma. Did I mention it was 1967 in Vietnam?
  • Sandra L. (Delray Beach, FL)
    The Man From Saigon
    Ms. Leimbach's vivid descriptions of Vietnam and what it was like during the war are etched in my mind - as are her claustrophobic-inducing depictions of trekking through the jungle . It's as if the country is a main character. She very effectively touched on many aspects and frustrations of this time in history. Her characters were very real to me and I am still wondering who Son is....
  • Andrea L. (Cottonwood Heights, UT)
    I love a fiction book I can learn from
    This novel is an excellent learning opportunity as well as an involving read. Learning about the Vietnam war as well as vicariously experiencing how jarring and difficult it is to be a journalist in a war zone is a unique opportunity. The author has skillfully woven the complexities of the protagonist's relationships, her struggles for recognition and equality, and intrigue against the backdrop of a violent bloody war.
  • Belma M. (Odessa, Texas)
    The Man from Saigon
    This was a great read! The author made me feel like I was there with the characters. If you're looking for a book to keep your heart racing this is the book for you. I will definitely recommend this book to friends.
  • Sharon A. (Gainesville, FL)
    Going back in time
    Well written story about the Viet Nam era from the perspective of a reporter from a female magazine. It gave me insight into the world of war from those who experience it first hand. So many who have been immersed in war don't share because of the horrors they experienced and this story certainly shows the inner lives of those who were there. The book flowed well except sometimes the change in time and characters took extra thought to keep track of. I would definitely recommend to others and will share my copy with friends.
  • Marion T. (Palatine, IL)
    The Man from Saigon
    Growing up in the Vietnam era with the graft film on TV every evening, and the pictures in every magazine, I was looking forward to reading this book. Though I found the characters very one dimensional, I was pulled into this book by the descriptions of Vietnam both Saigon and the jungle. It was well worth the read to understand the life that was going on during those years. I think this would be a great book club selection.
  • Beth G. (Aventura, Fl)
    Amazingly strong woman
    Leimbach takes you to the jungles of Vietnam and by the time you've read this book you have the feeling of having been there. I appreciate the research that went into this.
    Her characters are sympathetic and their relationships very complex and she weaves their stories and outcomes well
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