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A Quiet Cadence: A Novel (Hardback)
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A Quiet Cadence: A Novel (Hardback)

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Hardback 392 Pages / Published: 30/06/2020
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Sometimes it takes years for a combat vet to understand what his war did to him when he was nineteen. And even longer to explain the cadence he has marched to since then to the people he loves.

Family and friends know Marty McClure as a kind, peaceful man. They aren't aware that when he was young, he plumbed the depths of terror, hatred and despair with no assurance he'd ever surface again. Now he needs to reveal what happened in Vietnam and how, with the help of Patti, his wife, Corrie Corrigan, a disabled vet, and Doc Matheson, a corpsman turned trauma surgeon, he made peace with the ghosts that have visited his dreams all these years.

With the perception and reflection of a man on the cusp of retirement from a career teaching high school kids, Marty recalls the relentless intensity of prolonged combat as a teenage Marine machine gunner facing booby traps and battles in a war with few boundaries. Arriving in Vietnam, he is appalled by the savagery of his fellow Marines as they hunt an enemy indistinguishable from the villagers he believes they are there to protect. But as friends are crippled or killed over the ensuing months, Marty has to fight not only the enemy but the vicious darkness growing in him. Wounded and sent back to the U.S., he struggles to make sense of all he has lost in a war his country abandoned. He works to become a good husband, father and teacher while he fights to bury the war and rails against friends' enthusiasm for the Memorial and the Welcome Home for Vietnam Veterans planned in D.C. Only if he accepts help from his wife and his friends will he find real peace.

Publisher: Naval Institute Press
ISBN: 9781682475065
Number of pages: 392
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Vivid, haunting, and moving. Mark Treanor's eloquent, captivating novel provides a searing account of the experiences of and relationships between those who serve together in intense ground combat - and it conveys powerfully the difficult, wrenching adjustment to life back in 'the world' after being part of the 'brotherhood of the close fight' and surviving to make it home. A Quiet Cadence is a masterful, evocative book. ? --Gen. David Petraeus, USA (Ret.), former Commander of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), the Multinational Force in Iraq, US Central Command, and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan
"Mark Treanor has written an extraordinary story about the Vietnam War in 1968 on a par with Matterhorn and Fields of Fire. The narrative follows PFC Marty McClure, USMC during the war in fierce and brutal ground combat, which is compelling. What is then unique is Mark's telling of life after combat and the Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) that accrues to every single individual who has ever been in a firefight. We are far behind in addressing PTS issues for our combat veterans. Mark's incisive writing does a great deal to illuminate its reality and the urgent need to address it. Please read this book. You won't be able to put it down." --Adm. Mike Mullen, USN (Ret.) 17th Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff

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