The Embassy House

Nicholas Proffitt, Author Bantam Books $16.95 (399p) ISBN 978-0-553-05128-5
Less often portrayed than the horrors of the soldiers' war in Vietnam are those of the covert war conducted by the CIA. Proffitt, who worked in Vietnam as a journalist and wrote the highly praised Gardens of Stone, recreates them here in a story that's hard-hitting, tense, often horrifying and utterly convincing. Captain Gulliver, nicknamed Sandman for his legendary skills as a killer, is a Green Beret who, in 1970, is ""shanghaied'' by the CIA to oversee the weeding out of Viet Cong from the villages of a Mekong Delta province. Gulliver hates both his job and his cold-blooded CIA superior, an arranger of ``terminations'' that he gets others to carry out. He finds friendship with his Vietnamese counterpart, the mysterious Captain Dang, and solace for his torn conscience in the arms of a Vietnamese actress. The entry on the scene of a naive and pretty CIA case worker and the torture-murder of an innocent man force Gulliver to make his grimmest choice yet between conscience and duty. This is not a story of communism versus democracy, but of civilized values sacrificed to political cause. 500,000 first printing; major ad/promo. (June 10)
Reviewed on: 05/01/1986
Release date: 05/01/1986
Mass Market Paperbound - 978-0-553-26134-9
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