The Echo Company books by Ellen Emerson White are available to buy!
White wrote these books back in the early 1990s, under the name Zach Emerson.
The Echo Company books are set during the Vietnam War, told from the point of view of a young soldier, Michael Jennings. A follow up book, The Road Home, is about a young nurse Michael meets and is about both Rebecca's time in Vietnam and her homecoming. I wrote a pretty in-depth look at these four books, as well as a couple others that refer to the characters in these books, in my 2007 post, Ellen Emerson White: Vietnam.
At the moment they are only available as ebooks from Amazon.
The titles, in order:
Welcome to Vietnam (Echo Company Book 1)
Hill 568 (Echo Company Book 2)
'Tis the Season (Echo Company Book 3)
Stand Down (Echo Company Book 4)
The Road Home (Echo Company)
As I said back in 2007, "It's real. It's death and dying and blood. And Ellen Emerson White doesn't shy away from any of it. And what she has done is take you into the experience; just as Michael (and the reader) has the lull of "ok, this isn't so bad after all, I can make it" BAM. No. It's not OK. It is that bad. This is one of the few war novels I have read that respects the soldiers and their experiences; that doesn't play politics about the issue of war. And is brutally honest about the soldier's experiences."
And about The Road Home, "By exploring the Vietnam War thru the POV of a female, and of a nurse, there is the horrors of war combined with the healing of medicine; the mixed emotions of saving the lives of soldiers, only to have the soldiers go out, risk their lives again, or to kill. And the details, of triage, of deciding who lives and dies, who gets morphine and who doesn't, who dies alone or dies with lies of "it's going to be OK. Rebecca goes from naive and hopeful to scared, afraid, bitter."
Trust me: you will love this series. And since it is historical fiction, you won't have to worry about anything seeming "dated."
If you haven't read any Ellen Emerson White before? Go, read.
And if you have read Ellen Emerson White, what's your favorite book?
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