Son of Saigon by David Myles Robinson - a review

Book details : 

Paperback : 240 pages
Publisher : Terra Nova Books (June 1, 2018)
Language : English
ISBN - 10 : 1948749009
ISBN - 13 : 978-1948749008

Book description :

Hank and Norm were living the good life: two friends with plenty of money, homes in a lovely California retirement town, and no problems except for the boredom that felt almost fatal. Then Mai came into the picture, the love of Hank’s life during his CIA days in Saigon, desperately needing his help to save the son he’d never known he had. Boredom was over, as Hank and Norm hit the road, following the few clues Mai could give them in search of a man who desperately wants not to be found. What they find is a slew of lies and hidden truths, strange characters, improbable danger that has them fighting to survive, and the happy lesson that their lives are far from over.

My review

Son of Saigon is primarily the story of a retired CIA agent named Hank Reagan, who finds that his past has come back to visit, if not haunt, him and how he copes with the repercussions it brings with is at the heart of it. As the title suggests, Vietnam war plays a certain role in the central theme of the novel. However, the general mood of the novel is not as dire as it sounds. It is witty and lighthearted at opportune times. 

The central story is rich with detail. The characters are generally likeable, with a few exceptions. I especially enjoyed the repartee between Hank and Norm. I found the novel very easy reading, I read it all in one go. The author has taken special effort in detailing the human condition, how different people react to and cope with situations that they are thrown into without warning.

This is the second of David Myles Robinson's books that I have read (and reviewed), the first being 'The Pinochet Plot'. I think that was a better title, 'Son of Saigon' is a bit of a dead giveaway as to the plot of the novel. That being said, writing-wise and content-wise, I might prefer the latter. Son of Saigon is fast paced, shrewdly written and delightful to read. I wouldn't call it an espionage thriller, I think that was all in Hank's past, which we are only briefly introduced to. What Hank and Norm do, at least according to me, is good old detective work. I would recommend it to anyone who likes action packed, dramatic, detective stories. 

About the author :
David Myles Robinson grew up in Pasadena, CA. He holds degrees from San Francisco State University and the University of San Francisco School of Law. After practicing law for thirty-eight years in Honolulu, Hawaii, he retired with his wife, former Honolulu judge Marcia Waldorf, to Taos, NM. Robinson is the author of three precious novels : legal thrillers Tropical Lies and Tropical Judgements, and Unplayable Lie, a golf-related suspense novel.

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Son of Saigon is available on Amazon on paperback and kindle versions.

An e-book copy of this novel was provided to me to review, the opinions expressed are my own.

The other stops on the blog tour for Son of Saigon can be viewed on the WOW! Women On Writing blog. 


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