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CIA thriller based on a true Vietnam War story

This novel by Douglas Valentine, author of the nonfiction bestseller The CIA as Organized Crime, is based on a true story, one told to him by a Vietnam veteran, and barely, yet grippingly, fictionalized here.

In early 1967, a bored, adventurous photojournalist on an Air Force base in Texas is offered a Temporary Duty (TDY) assignment somewhere overseas. The mission is steeped in secrecy, but Pete is promised a large bonus and hazardous duty pay.  The mission that unfolds is terrifying beyond anything Pete ever imagined.

“I read it in suspense and found the last revelations after the mission even more disturbing.” —OLIVER STONE

“As no other writer, Doug Valentine has been to the heart of darkness in American foreign policy and come back with stories of historic moment. His brilliant, courageous work is revelation, prophecy, wisdom. It will stand as a singular mark of our saving capacity to learn. ” —ROGER MORRIS,  author of Partners in Power:  The Clintons and Their America

“The elements of this book fit together like the layers of an onion, each one surrounding and making opaque the layers beneath. It’s like a detective story, a Vietnam War version of Chinatown, the impact of which depends on twists which are part of protecting the secrecy of the mission and the ignorant innocence of the American public.” —BILL TREMBLAY, Dissident Voice

“I immediately related to protagonist Pete’s description of his TDY saga in Southeast Asia where I had been TDY as well, depressingly experiencing the US war as a corrupt, lying murder machine… This compelling story will keep you on edge throughout… It painfully educates the reader on the grotesque deceit, greed, ruthlessness, rampant corruption, and moral issues intrinsically inherent in war and secrecy.”S. BRIAN WILLSON, author, Don’t Thank Me For My Service

  

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This novel by Douglas Valentine, author of the nonfiction bestseller The CIA as Organized Crime, is based on a true story, one told to him in his youth by his father, and barely, yet grippingly, fictionalized here.

In early 1967, a bored, adventurous photojournalist on an Air Force base in Texas is offered a Temporary Duty (TDY) assignment somewhere overseas. The mission is steeped in secrecy, but Pete is promised a large bonus and hazardous duty pay. So he agrees.

He and a small group of photojournalists, each with a special skill, are isolated on a Special Forces base where they are kept under constant surveillance by a group of highly trained and menacing soldiers. The small band of twelve men is flown overseas on a transport plane large enough for 120 men. They are never told where they are going, until they arrive. And when they finally reach their destination, the mission that unfolds is terrifying beyond anything Pete ever imagined.

TDY tells how “black operations” are organized and conducted. Meticulous in detail, and accurate in every aspect of “over the fence” missions deep into enemy territory, it reveals for the uninitiated the skill, determination, and self-sacrifice of American soldiers.

In stark contrast to the honor and commitment of these soldiers, TDY reveals the unimaginable duplicity and corruption of powerful men for whom American soldiers and civilians are pawns in a ruthless game.

Written in sparing prose, TDY is a story of Pete’s journey through the underworld and his awakening to the reality of the Vietnam War and the CIA role in Southeast Asia.

Book Details

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Publication date

2020

Page Count

129

Author

Douglas Valentine

Reviews

2 reviews for TDY

  1. ROBERT WING

    “TDY authentically takes us back to real times as they were experienced by budding males living through them: messy, confused times of macho posturing and shared exploitation among physically grown boys who had been taught to count women as spoils of conquest along with other baubles like cars, dollars and stereos.

    We were being told, in the name of moral platitudes that were vanishing like smoke before our eyes, to act with unspeakable violence. Half asleep in a collective trance, we were slapping ourselves awake in and out of combat. How could it be that we ourselves were murdering on an industrial scale that in its raging firepower dwarfed even the world wars?

    Vietnam was center stage for our individual coming of age morality plays. If we were doing good there, as all the righteous post World War Two movies had taught was our national mission, dispensing fairness, opportunity and wealth — then how could we be doing so by acting out blatant double standards of wink-wink full blown moral corruption that all but dumb patsies knew was the way the world actually worked? The directly contradicting story lines could not both be true.

    The TDY narrator stumbles through a personal macho-vs-moral true life psychodrama that leaves him equally hate-filled and self-loathing for the sins he allowed others to lure him into committing, unresolved, bitter and humbled. That is where Vietnam left us, and where we remain today — many many atrocities later. Humbled and broken in our murderous collective corruption, still keeping ourselves entranced by trinkets our faux-wealth can still buy in order to not look in the mirror of the eyes of those we kill.

    Our storyteller is every one of us: self-serving as we try to remain innocent, accustomed to the things money can buy, out for number one as we navigate a compromised world, still longing to do the right thing so as to love and not hate ourselves — all of us, male and female, complicit in the crimes against humanity and the planet that to now have kept us wealthier and safer than the rest.” ROBERT WING

  2. BILL TREMBLAY

    “”The elements of this book fit together like the layers of an onion, each one surrounding and making opaque the layers beneath. It’s like a detective story, a Vietnam War version of Chinatown, the impact of which depends on twists which are part of protecting the secrecy of the mission and the ignorant innocence of the American public.” —BILL TREMBLAY, Dissident Voice

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