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GARY DeRIGNE - Angie's War a Novel

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1969 - America is embroiled in the bloody war in Vietnam, losing more than five-hundred killed and wounded each week.  Beautiful young Angie Giles waits at home through day after agonizing day for the return of her beloved husband, Tony, as he soldiers through his 365-day deployment as an Army infantryman.  Finally, unable to suffer through another day of waiting or another night of torment, Angie incites a chain of events that will haunt her for the rest of her life, and change the lives of those she loves, forever.
       Mick Delaney is Tony's platoon sergeant and one of his closest friends.  He volunteered for Vietnam to help stop the Communists from taking over the world, but instead finds himself simply trying to survive his tour, and help the men in his platoon make it home alive. Wounded, Mick returns home to an America that scorns it's war veterans, a bitter, cynical young man whose life has been indelibly changed by the things he has seen, and done, and lost. 
       Angie, Tony, and Mick's lives are linked together in ways none of them fully understands, until one fateful day...

In Angie's War, author Gary DeRigne tells a gripping tale of love and loss, fear and courage, desperation and hope, that begins in the jungles of Vietnam and extends through the battlefields of Somalia, Afghanistan, and Iraq.  All the while, through generation after generation, loved ones at home wait, and worry, and pray, in an America that has become callous to the human cost of war.
        DeRigne paints vivid images of combat as only a war veteran can, and he describes its bitter aftermath as only one who has personally survived it can possibly convey.  Angie's War, a sequel to DeRigne's One Young Soldier, is a masterfully-written page-turner, the product of a gifted and sagacious storyteller.
 

Praise for Angie's War


"A masterpiece.  DeRigne is a gifted storyteller, and Angie's War is destined to become an American classic." -
Bob Babcock, Vietnam Infantry Platoon Leader and Author of Eight Military Books

"Angie's War is not only important historically, it's one hell of a good read.  As a Vietnam war widow myself, I deeply identified with Gary DeRigne's compelling story about duty, loyalty, love, loss, and most importantly, hope.  I can't wait for this to be a movie."    -   Linda Hughes, Award-winning Author of Secrets of the Summer

"Angie's War is a powerful story that is a timeless reflection of the emotions associated with three generations of combat.  As a combat veteran of both the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns, I can fully relate to the American heroes and their families - both past and present."    -     Lieutenant Colonel Chris Morris, Active Duty Special Forces Officer, United States Army

"At last... A novel about war that also starkly portrays the anguish and pain of those who wait at home while their loved ones are far away in the fight.  A must-read for every American."  -  Susan Warden, Marriage and Family Therapist, Prairie Village, Kansas

"As in One Young Soldier, Gary DeRigne has brilliantly poured his combat experiences, his homecoming struggles, and his very soul into Angie's War.  You can feel it on every page."  -
Steve Koppenhoefer, 1st Lieutenant, Infantry, 1st Cavalry Division, Vietnam, 1969

"I loved Angie's War.  It's a heartbreakingly beautiful story of love, and war, and loss, and redemption.  You won't be able to put it down." - Ruth Walsh, Mind-Body Healer, Overland Park, Kansas

"Congratulations on Angie's War, Gary!  Well done!  I usually don't read war novels, but when we were together in the jungles of Vietnam, sharing foxholes in life-or-death firefights, we developed a bond, a connection that cannot be severed.  Angie's War brings back both sad and joyful memories that we can continue to share in our remaining earthly years." - Specialist 4 John Baca, D Co., 1st Bn., 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, July, 1969 - February, 1970.  Recipient of the Medal of Honor for Extreme Heroism on February 10, 1970

"Having fought alongside Gary DeRigne in the 1st Air Cavalry Division, I found myself sometimes remembering and weeping, and always reflecting, as I followed the characters in Angie's War from the jungles of Vietnam to the streets of Mogadishu, the mountains of Afghanistan, and the sands of Iraq, and always, always at home.  This is a necessary read for everyone wanting to understand American warriors, their families, and their lives."  - Basil B. Clark - Former Army Staff Sergeant and Retired University Professor, University of Pikeville, KY

"Intriguing and riveting account of the emotional traumatic impact on soldiers in combat.  As an infantry combat veteran of Vietnam, I was impressed that every word rings true.  DeRigne captures the pure essence of combat experiences and their impact upon us."  Jonathan B. Dodson, Infantry Platoon Leader and Company Commander, 1st Cavalry Division, 1969 - 1970

"Gripping.  Angie's War is an excellent read.  It is rare that a story reaches the reader on such an emotional level, yet is so enlightening.  DeRigne's novel delivers on both." - Dr. Michael Steiert, Prairie Village, KS
 

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