Legacy of War is a mysterious and action-packed journey, a return to Vietnam by the main character, psychologist John Moore, years after the war ended for him where he served on the killing fields of that war as a young captain commanding an infantry company with the 101st Airborne (Airmobile) Division. With his dark war memories is his pain and depression over his wife’s death from cancer some three years ago.
The story begins in Moore’s Charlotte, North Carolina’s office, where he is conducting therapy of Tom Reed, a Vietnam War vet with PTSD. Reed shocks Moore by revealing his war crimes. By the next day, Reed has committed suicide. Distressed that he might have failed to prevent the suicide, Moore proceeds to investigate the suspicious death, which leads to the CIA’s Phoenix Program in the war–instrumental in killing over 81,000 Vietnamese: both communists and non-communists. Prompted by the CIA and former Colonel Tin, of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Moore returns to Vietnam to assist in the capture of his nemeses: former CIA agent Todd Ramsey and a corrupt South Vietnamese colonel. Moore’s arrival in Vietnam exposes his past war demons when he must work with past North Vietnamese Army enemies and hostile descendants. As he struggles to find Loan and Ramsey in the dark jungles, Moore becomes attracted to the Vietnamese National Policewoman Agent, Hieu, assigned to work with him, and battles with his ethics about falling for a married woman. The anguish over killing again in present-day Vietnam weighs on Moore. The novel concludes with his final understanding of why fate placed him back in Vietnam.
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Ed Marohn was an executive with Continental AG and Michelin Tire Corporation, both International Fortune 500 companies. Before his corporate career, he was a captain in the US Army (Airborne qualified). He served with the 25th Infantry Division and the 101st Airborne (Airmobile) Division in the Vietnam War, where he commanded a combat unit of 110 men and received three Bronze Stars, one Air Medal, and two Army Commendation Medals. Some of his other military tours included Germany, Washington, DC, and The Netherlands as NATO Liaison (Dutch language trained by the US State Department). He was the Assistant Professor of Military History at the University of Nevada, Reno. His degrees include an MA in Counseling (psychology) from the University of Nevada and a BA in Political Science from the University of Idaho.
After the corporate world, he volunteered for eight years as a VA facilitator for military veterans with PTSD. He was Vice-Chairman of the Idaho Humanities Council (National Endowment for the Humanities). He served as Board Member of the Idaho Falls City Club and elected to a four-year term to the Idaho Falls City Council. He wrote as a Local Columnist for the Idaho Falls Post Register and has had his fiction and non-fiction published in multiple magazines.
With his wife Cathie, he returned to present-day Vietnam some thirty years after the war, where his novel, Legacy of War, was conceptualized. He is currently writing a sequel novel, continuing theJohn Moore mystery series.