The author, John Buquoi, was trained as a Vietnamese linguist at the Army Language School in Monterey, California and then assigned to the US Army Security Agency, 3rd Radio Research Unit (3rd RRU), a military affiliate of the National Security Agency (NSA) in Saigon and its Detachment ‘J’, in Phu Bai, Vietnam during the period 1963-1965.

After separation from the Army, he returned to Vietnam and was employed for over five years as a civilian for various defense contractors, during which time he worked and traveled widely throughout the country, spending time in virtually every province in South Vietnam.

The poems in this volume are, after over 50 years, echoes of that experience in a series of reflective narrative vignettes which one critic has called, “…first-rate in every respect, resonating on all levels–emotional, personal, factual, historical, literary…”

His work has been published on and accepted for publication in the journal, ‘War, Literature & the Arts’.