Author returned to Vietnam to search for answers

From a Sundance Books and Music news release

ArchercvrSundance Books will host a book reading and signing with Michael Archer, author of The Long Goodbye: Khe Sanh Revisited (Hellgate Press, 2016) from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 26.

The book is about Tom Mahoney, unquestionably the most popular member of his platoon, known for his quick smile, courage and composure under fire, and a perpetual concern for the safety of his fellow Marines. It was with anxious fury that his buddies fought the remainder of the day to recover his body from under the effective gunfire of a well-hidden team. As darkness began to fall, making it impossible to continue the fight, they reluctantly left their friend behind—never forgotten and always wondering what had led to his mysterious walk into oblivion.

The Long Goodbye is the story of how Michael Archer, driven by loyalty and devotion, returned to Vietnam to discover what had happened to his friend and bring him home.

Archer grew up in northern California and served as a U.S. Marine in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968. He lives in Reno and, in addition to his writing, is a staff member with the Senate Committee on Finance at the Nevada State Legislature.

His books include A Patch of Ground: Khe Sanh Remembered, an acclaimed first-person account of the infamous 77-day siege of that American combat base; A Man of His Word: The Life and Times of Nevada’s Senator William J. Raggio, about one of Nevada’s most courageous, honorable, and admired citizens; and The Long Goodbye: Khe Sanh Revisited.

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