Stalking the Dragon: 10th Anniversary Edition
Kregg P.J. Jorgenson
Outskirts Press (2010)
Reviewed by Carol Hoyer, PhD, for Reader Views (1/11)
Author Kregg Jorgenson, a Vietnam vet, has lent his expertise and wit in this fast-paced and entertaining book.
Mike Butler, an Army journalist, has been in Vietnam for three weeks and is following his mentor Aaron Weiss around to learn the ropes. Part of that learning process includes how to access Lillian Tran’s brothel, which, by the way is off-limits to soldiers. Having got this routine down, which includes providing Madam Tran with cigarettes and booze, Butler finds himself under arrest by two gung ho military police.
Being in front of the Sergeant Major was not on Butler’s list of fun things to do. Neither was being volunteered for a special assignment with the Special Operations deep in the jungle, yet he found that was just where he was headed.
What happens from here is a roller coaster ride with units whose mission was find one special leader and bring him back alive. No one in the special unit had real names and they were very gung ho. Regardless of what Butler tells them, they don’t believe he is a journalist and continually harass him about it.
Readers will meet Smith who has no intention of bringing the unit out of the jungle crawling with the enemy. Enter one old legionnaire who has been hiding in the jungle for years and doesn’t know that his war was over a long time ago. “Stalking the Dragon” is a great story to read if you like Murphy’s Law, intense battle scenes and humor.