KINGDOM OF MAKE-BELIEVE
A NOVEL OF THAILAND
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What the critics are saying
about Dean Barrett’s best-selling novel set in Thailand
DECLASSIFIED! Yes, Americans did fight another secret war in Asia! Now, at last, the long-suppressed details of that controversial war can be told. The setting is Bangkok, Thailand. The time is the mid-sixties. And the events are incredible. Join Whore House Charlie, Sgt. Jigaboo, Bumbles, Blinky, Agent Orange, Corporal Napalm, Hogbody, Butterball, Good Pork Betty, the Betel Nut Queen, Noy the Laundry Girl, Corporal Comatose, Doc Spitz and Lieutenant Pearshape in the wackiest adventures of the Vietnam or any other war era.
Memoirs of A Bangkok Warrior is one of the funniest books I've read in years. Tender, moving, economical, subtly building. I don't think the back cover blurb does it justice - it is so much more than the "wackiest adventures". Thanks for a great read. I'll be looking out for your other works.
- Simon Albury, Producer, Granada Television Ltd., London.
Ho-ha-ha! Hee-hee-hee! Oh lord, I could wet my pants! Memoirs of a Bangkok Warrior is so funny! Were you one of the many who loved to watch M*A*S*H? Still watch it in syndication? Then you are gonna love Memoirs of a Bangkok Warrior. I don't see how you couldn't. I know, I know, in the first paragraph, I claimed it is a laugh-a-minute kinda book. War is a serious thing, why should you read it? Besides the obvious, what we can laugh at, we can gain power over, and because there is plenty of human reality here; things that any veteran should recognize right off the bat.
Now I might have confused you. Memoirs of a Bangkok Warrior is not about the same war as in M*A*S*H. Memoirs of a Bangkok Warrior is a marvelous novel, yes-novel, about the Vietnam era. So marvelous that upon finishing it, I promptly handed it over to my brother, the Nam vet and told him, read this - you'll love it. So, read it. You'll love it. I promise." Stars 5+
- Buzz Review News
Funny from the first page to the last. A fine and funny book, ribald and occasionally touching. One of the better Asian reads of the past few years.”
- The Bangkok Post
Succeeds nicely in the creation of a time and place that transcends mere setting.”
- West Coast Review of Books
This is a funny and human book which can describe sex without descending into sheer nastiness.”
- South China Morning Post
This is M*A*S*H, taken from behind the Korean lines, set down in the rear-echelon of steamy Bangkok–titillated with the tinkle of Thai laughter and temple bells. And it is an even funnier triumph of man over military madness.”
- Derek Maitland, author, The only War we’ve Got
Memoirs of a Bangkok Warrior has got to be one of the funniest books ever written. But beneath the humor the author expertly limns the prickly relationships between American officers and American enlisted men in Thailand during the Vietnam War. The love story works well, but the relentless satirical humor–especially the trial scenes--is outstanding. A great novel!
- Harold Stephens, author, At Home in Asia; The Last Voyage
An Awesome read! Way out, Far out, Groovy....I can smell the smell and see the green and feel the magic of Thailand!”
- Terry Ryan, Thailand, Laos, Cambodian Brotherhood
Memoirs of a Bangkok Warrior is recommended reading for anyone who ever donned a uniform and found themselves far from home.”
- Midwest Book Review
Memoirs of a Bangkok Warrior remains one of my favorite books about Thailand. Excellent characters and dialogue. It would make a great movie.
- Dave Walker, author, Hello My Big, Big Honey!
From the first page onwards, Barrett succeeds in drawing the reader into the tale as he describes the characters with well crafted word pictures. Barrett has the ability to really pare away the onion skins of the individual to show the true man inside. His chapter on the army chaplain...who became pathologically unhinged...was exceptional. There are 33 separate chapters, each one a 'stand alone' item, so it is an easy book to pick up and put down, though I must admit I didn't want to put it down as I enjoyed it so much....While reading, I ranged from smiles to titters to outright belly laughs. It is one of the funniest "war" books I have read. If you enjoy humour, get this book. However...some of the vignettes are very touching and...his acuity in describing some of life's more poignant moments raise this book above the level of purely humour.
- Pattaya Mail
Memoirs of a Bangkok Warrior established Barrett as an author who can go outside his genre, and succeed at the difficult task of evoking the atmosphere of a foreign land and time.
MEMOIRS OF A BANGKOK WARRIOR: A Novel of Thailand. ISBN: 0-9661899-2-2. Trade paperback 8 ½ x 5 ½. US$11.95. 298 pp.
A novel set in Bangkok, Thailand during the Vietnam War.
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