Here Comes Charlie
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Long Range Reconnaisance Patrol. LRRP. Author Holmen's series of LRRP short stories will transport you to the jungles of Viet Nam in 1970:
"I scanned the tree line on the edge of the LZ for any telltale bursts; nothing could be worse than for a couple of NVA to empty their AK-47 magazines into a hovering helicopter. For all the goddamned firepower on our side, the endless moment when we slowly descended into their jungle was when Charlie had us, if he was there; the best we could hope for was that he wasn't. Ready or not, Charlie, here we come."
In this first release, four LRRPs find themselves lying in scant brush cover and grass as NVA bear down on them:
"Bellies full, we leaned back on the rucks and sucked on Camels, Winstons, or mentholated Kools. It was nearly dusk when Billy slipped out the backside and disappeared over the edge with a packet of toilet paper and an entrenching tool to bury the evidence that he existed."
"Crack. A branch snapped. Goddamnit Billy, I thought, be quiet for chrissake. But when I heard muted voices and realized the snapping branches were up the ridge, dread walloped me in the chest like falling off a swing with the wind knocked out of you."
"'Billy, get your ass back here,' Gary whispered as loud as he dared. 'Here comes Charlie.'"