Winters Coming, Winters Gone by Allen Glick (Pinnacle: $15.95)
Allen Glick's fine first novel deals with two recent wars--the shooting war in Vietnam in the mid-1960s, as experienced by a squad of young Marines, and the emotional war that raged through the squad's survivors and other veterans in the subsequent decade as they groped to find a place for themselves in a homeland that for them had become a strange and alien country.
The shooting war is presented with clarity and restraint that reveal the horrors, atrocities and absurdities involved in the conflict. Glick's vivid descriptions of battles and the all-too-brief pauses between them are superb. They could have been written only by someone who experienced them, as the author did while a Marine infantryman serving in Vietnam for 22 months, according to the jacket.
Beyond the American involvement, Glick presents the Vietnamese people with compassion and understanding in relating the tragedies they have suffered through the years at the hands of both their countrymen and foreigners.