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the ghosts of war
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Recounts supposedly true stories about ghosts connected in some way with war, from haunted battlefields to soldiers' premonitions of death.
This book is a fascinating study of the Vietnamese experience and memory of the Vietnam War through the lens of popular imaginings about the wandering souls of the war dead. These ghosts of war play an important part in postwar Vietnamese historical narrative and imagination, and Heonik Kwon explores the intimate ritual ties with these unsettled identities which still survive in Vietnam today as well as the actions of those who hope to liberate these hidden but vital historical presences from their uprooted social existence. Taking a unique approach to the cultural history of war, he introduces gripping stories about spirits claiming social justice and about his own efforts to wrestle with the physical and spiritual presence of ghosts. Although these actions are fantastical, this book shows how examining their stories can illuminate critical issues of war and collective memory in Vietnam and the modern world more generally.
Collects historical accounts of war and connected hauntings in a volume divided by conflict and ranging from the twelth century Gempei War to Bosnia.
Lt. Paul Gallagher was a member of a new breed, the men that wore the Green Berets. When the call of duty came, he was ready to fight a war with no end, in a far away place called Viet Nam. In a world turned upside down by war and bloodshed, the chief characters fight to stay alive, fighting a war where life was cheap and honor was a thing of the past. When they become prisoners of the Viet Cong, their skills are tested to the limits in an incredible game of survival where only the chosen few would make it.
Anderson and his friends Greg and Julie have been doing everything they can to avoid the battered trunk full of old military things in his family's junk shop basement. Only, staying away seems impossible, and this time Anderson discovers a dusty World War II medic's bag inside the trunk. But who does it belong to? Because if the friends have learned anything, it's that they are about to be face-to-face with a ghost. When an army medic ghost appears, Anderson's not sure how to help him. Or if he should help him. The ghost claims he was stationed in North Africa during World War II. But as far as Anderson knows, World War II was fought in Europe. So what's the real story behind this ghost? Can Anderson, Greg, and Julie solve the mystery, or have they become part of a dangerous haunting?
History comes alive -- with ghosts! In the basement of his family's junkshop, Anderson and his friends Greg and Julie discover a trunk full of old military stuff. Including a battered navy peacoat from World War II, and when Anderson puts it on he finds a mysterious letter in the pocket. Curious, he takes the coat and letter home. But that's not all he brings home . . . Later that evening the ghost of a World War II sailor appears in Anderson's room. Anderson is completely freaked out. Who is the ghost and why hasn't he crossed over? But most importantly, what does he want with Anderson? Anderson, Greg, and Julie set out to find the truth and are soon wrapped up in a mystery that's over seventy years old. But it quickly becomes a race against the clock as they search to put the clues of sailor's life together before he vanishes for good. After everything he gave for his country, can Anderson, Julie, and Greg solve the mystery of the ghost before he disappears forever?
After three ghosts, it looks like things might be going back to normal for Anderson and his friends Greg and Julie. It's been a while since any ghosts have shown up, and the most annoying things lately are the loud barking dogs at the Dogs and Suds pet-grooming shop next door to the Kitchen Sink. They've been barking nonstop for days, and it's making band practice impossible. But maybe the dogs know something the friends don't . . . Because suddenly a ghost does appear! From what Anderson can tell, it looks like the ghost is a teenage Union soldier from the Civil War, and he looks terrifying. But this ghost is different from the others: He's demanding to know what happened to his brother, who was also enlisted in the Union army. It's a mystery that's over a hundred and fifty years old, and there are very few clues. What will happen to Anderson, Greg, and Julie if they can't solve this one in time?
New York City is being plagued by a pack of ferocious brass raptors attacking people and carrying them away into the night. The originator of these skeleton-like creations is a deranged military scientist, who is also part of a plot to escalate the cold war with Britain into a full-blown conflict. He is building a weapon - a weapon that will fracture dimensional space and allow the monstrous creatures that live on the other side to spill through -and only the Ghost and his unlikely allies can stop him.
Tomas Raffle, a strong willed and determined Navy commander is the leader of the Omega Force, the United States Government's top-secret military strike team. A team that operates outside the rules laid down by things like the Geneva Convention. Their latest mission takes them into Iran in search of two nuclear missiles. But when the mission fails and a majority of his men are killed in the raid, Raffle suspects betrayal as the evidence starts pointing towards someone in Washington D.C. Maybe even the President himself. Meanwhile, the President receives mysterious calls threatening to release the Gulf War Syndrome on the capitol, unless he publicly admits to a government cover-up concerning the origin of the terrible disease. To make matters worse, the caller knows about the Omega Force and its mission, though only a select few people are supposed to be aware of its existence. Now with only 6 days to come forward with the information and the President's daughter taken ill, apparently suffering from a more deadly version of the syndrome, Raffle has to help the President uncover the identity of the blackmailer, while he is hunting the person responsible for the slaughter of his team in the desert.