Red Flags by Juris Jurjevics

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Army cop Erik Rider prefers to fight his war in the saloons and streets of Saigon. When he is sent to disrupt a Vietcong opium operation deep in the jungle, he could not be less interested. But when Rider lands in Cheo Reo, things get complicated. The American outpost is home to battle-hardened soldiers, intelligence operatives, and profiteers of all stripes. Meanwhile, Vietcong battalions are massing in the hills, and sixty thousand Montagnard tribespeople are advancing with the goal of reclaiming their mountain homeland.

With a bounty on his head, Rider must hunt for the opium smugglers, avoid enemy patrols, and defend the undermanned U.S. base. As he closes in on the smuggling operation, he discovers that someone inside the base has a stake in it, and is willing to kill to protect that stake.


About Juris Jurjevics

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Juris Jurjevics was born in Latvia during WWII and grew up in Displaced Persons camps before emigrating to the US. A fixture in American book publishing, he is cofounder of Soho Press and author of The Trudeau Vector.
Published September 20, 2011 by Mariner Books. 325 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, War, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In this stellar second outing from Jurjevics (The Trudeau Vector, 2005) Erik Rider, Army CID special agent, flies to Vietnam’s Phu Bon on orders to investigate and disrupt a narcotics ring operating amid the legal and moral turpitude of the Vietnam conflict.

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A framing device used to bracket the plot—a daughter seeking out Rider decades after the war's end for information about her father, who was Rider's commanding officer—ends in a predictable resolution after a promising setup.

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New York Journal of Books

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Red Flags demonstrates that Mr. Jurjevics can not only recognize good writing, he can produce some of his own, too.Red Flags opens with a woman seeking information regarding the circumstances surrounding the death of her father, Colonel Dennis Bennett.

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Book Reporter

He met Bennett when he was assigned to a remote area of the Highlands Province known as Cheo Reo to determine the source of an income stream that was directly financing the North Vietnamese war effort.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

After years of neglect, the time for the Vietnam book has arrived.

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I opened Red Flags thinking that I was going to read a war novel and, perhaps because it is written with some posterior wisdom, found instead that I was reading that product of a good crime novel: the one that helps explain the time and the place and the reasons why great crimes can occur.

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It was a nasty time full of nasty people out to get what they could, and Jurjevics brings them to us in this retrospective novel set in the remote outpost of Cheo Reo.

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