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Reviewed by Essien Asian for Readers' Favorite
Not even the anonymity that comes with an assumed identity is enough to keep Jim Peterson off the radar of his pursuer in Philip Derrick's latest book, Saigon Spring. The Vietnam War is drawing to a slow, painful conclusion and Jim has left it behind. He tries to make a new beginning for himself back home but before he can get settled into a different routine, he is mysteriously recalled to Saigon where he is forced to relive the horrors of a war he put behind him all over again. Someone from his past seeks him out with vengeance and will stop at nothing to exact retribution. Will he be able to unearth the secrets that lie locked away in the rubble of Saigon before the Salamander locates him?
Philip Derrick uses exceptional storytelling to capture the reader's imagination. The initial parts of the book feel somewhat dull but as the story unfolds, so does the suspense build-up. I particularly like the way the characters' backstories and motivations become more apparent as the story progresses. The attention to detail as far as the Vietnam War is concerned is simply astonishing. There are certain aspects of the story which left me with more questions than answers such as the reason why Jim enlists in the military using an alias, but then, this is my opinion and I expect other readers will draw their conclusions. Saigon Spring is a captivating book with a storyline that is guaranteed to leave readers spellbound