Diverting the Buddha
by Bob Swartzel Double Dragon Publishing
Category: Fiction / Autobiography
0 pages; ISBN: 1554040159
Rating: 7/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Anne K. Edwards
A tale that encompasses the many sides of the Vietnamese Peace Action, the war that was never called a war. Yet men died fighting and a country was one by one side and considered lost by the other. And there were wars within the war, each group of people--businessmen, politicians, and soldiers from both sides as well as the civilian population--jockeying for position and power, trying to influence the outcome of their private battles. Soldiers fought each other and the enemy, politicians killed or were killed by both sides and the businessmen tried to hold onto their fading trade as the south was being lost to them. And a little known war raged here also--a race war between whites and blacks, foreigners and the civilian population. It was this lasst war that Blake, Andy, and Matson were caught by as they engaged in a private dispute. The Vietnamese upper class held themselves as better than the foreigners who invaded their country, and the foreigners did not think well of the Vietnamese in general. And the businessman who ran a branch of a bank, Malcolm Noble, was sure his way was the right way. Yet, he had a surprise coming as the story winds to its finale. There is a lot going on in this book. Cross currents and cross purposes work against each other, playing into the oppositions' self-serving hands. An interesting tale with lots of action on all fronts. A story to please the reader who wants something different.