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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Fort Nowhere, Vietnam is a work of dramatic military fiction by author Arthur Wiederhold. Unusual to the genre, this novel focuses on the Vietnam War from a non-combat perspective as we follow our central character Art, a journalist no longer interested in sitting on the sidelines, or in participating in the anti-war movement with fellow scholars and leftist thinkers. Instead, Art gets himself posted to a Central Highlands camp that the soldiers call Fort Nowhere. From here, Art experiences the real lives and duties of soldiers posted to protect innocent villagers from the terrifying Viet Cong, and the transformations that the setting of war forces them to undergo. He may just have a transformation of his own on the way, too.
It's clear that Arthur Wiederhold has reporting in his roots, because the character of Art is realistic, diligent and serious in his craft of journalism. The scene, which takes place over six months between 1970 to 1971, is superbly well illustrated by the talented visual writing of the author, and the details that have gone into the research are clear on the page. Fans who lean more towards the literary side of fiction are certain to love these moments, but military action fans are encouraged to stay with the tale, taking them into some exciting, harrowing and dramatic moments that pepper the plot. Fort Nowhere, Vietnam brings together a powerful tale of cultures meeting, brotherhoods forming and the human condition pushed to its furthest extremes, and I’d highly recommend it to those seeking well-researched historical war fiction.