Redliners is “A story of Soldiers and civilians, of what it costs the men and women who serve, of hope and – possibly-of redemption”. The author is a Vietnam Veteran who served with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (Blackhorse) which operated in Cambodia and cleared the Bien Hoa Airbase during the Tet offensive. To say he saw some shit is probably a understatement.
Reading the introduction I quickly realized the author struggled with PTSD and anger towards the politicians who hamstrung the war. Within the first few chapters one of the characters discusses why he chooses to be the point man and anyone who ran point or the number one man in a stack will immediately appreciate the characters point of view… because it’s how we all felt in that position.
David Drake ends the introduction by saying “I don’t care about leaders any more than they cared about me and the other grunts in Viet Nam. The folks I care about are the ones who’ve been through bad places. Redliners showed me that there really could be hope for us. Don’t loose hope, people. At least we can believe in ourselves and the hundreds of thousands who’ve come back from those places with us.”
I picked my copy up at a local Barnes & Nobles bookstore but I suspect you can buy it off amazon or order it through any big bookstore.