Son of Saigon by David Myles Robinson

December 4, 2018
Son of Saigon Book Cover Son of Saigon
David Myles Robinson
Terra Nova Books
September 17, 2018

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.

Son of Saigon by David Myles Robinson

Book Review by Dawn Thomas

232 Pages

Publisher: Terra Nova Books

Release Date: September 17, 2018

Fiction, Missing Person, Friendship

Hank is coping with the loss of his wife Becka. He and his friend Norm are bachelors in a retirement community where women outnumber men three to one. One evening, Hank gets an unexpected visitor. A beautiful Vietnamese woman is standing in the lobby. As Hank gets closers, he recognizes her as Mai, the only other woman he ever loved.

When Hank was stationed in Viet Nam while working for the CIA, he met and fell in love with Mai. She was young and violence was on the rise. When the Americans were leaving the country, Hank delivered money to Mai to help her get out of the city. Once he was back in the United States, he searched for her but her trail was cold. Now Mai was standing here in front of him.

Mai tells him they have a son, Hank Jr, and she needs her help. Hank Jr has been missing for almost 40 years. He disappeared the day after his high school graduation. Hank owned and operated a security company and agrees to help. Mai gives him high school yearbooks and private detective reports. As Hank plans his road trip, Norm decides to join him.

They meet several of Jr’s classmates and they have a hard time picking out the truth from the lies. One thing is certain, something drastic happened the night before graduation on Mount Wilson. Hank is determined to solve the mystery of the past to help find his son.

The book is written in third person point of view and in the present tense with flashback memories. The book is fast paced and the characters are developed. The author’s writing style is easy to read and kept me in engaged. If you enjoy stories by Lee Child or Tom Clancy, you will like this book.

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 previous novels: legal thrillers Tropical Lies and Tropical Judgments, and Unplayable Lie, a golf-related suspense novel.

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One Comment

  • David Myles Robinson December 5, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    Dawn, thank you for hosting Son of Saigon on your blog. Your review was great. I hope your readers agree.

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