An Author
Richard Herman
An Author

                                                        In Progress




           a sequel to              



Author's Note 

Like many writers, I had a story I needed to tell.  It occupied a dark niche on the edge of consciousness, surrounded and guarded by memories.  From time to time, it broke free, but old memories always reasserted their dominance, forcing it back into the shadows where it remained safely hidden.

The story centers on the Vietnam War, which looms in my past like the proverbial five-hundred pound gorilla in the basement, and I had to come to terms with that beast. 

Perhaps it is because I spent thirty months of my life in South East Asia, once in my mid twenties and then in my early thirties, fighting that war.  The war took the lives of many friends, captured some of the prime years of my life, and left an unanswered question; Why?  In quiet moments when my guard was down and the memories faded, that question surged out of its dark place and demanded an answer in the bright light of today. 

Much to my surprise, in the telling of the story, I found an answer.

The Trash Haulers ends with 'L’Envoi,' the detached verse at the end of  a story or poem that conveys the special meaning of what has gone before, and there is the "why" I had been seeking.  

And in finding the answer, two more stories emerged: The Last Flight and The Tour.

Like the rest of my generation, I’m in the final countdown of my life where the fires of youth, and the accomplishments and defeats of maturity are now banked, and memories have mellowed with time.  After spinning fifteen novels, I wonder if I have two more stories left in me.

Please bear with me as I find out.




What critics say about Richard Herman's novels.

"Herman's characterizations are fluent and convincing . . ." - Publisher's Weekly

"Too many of today's geopolitical thrillers ring false but not Herman's." - San Francisco Examiner

"The novel excels in its characterization and suspense." - Florida Sun-Times

"Rock solid . . . Both the service politics and the geopolitics are, for once, thoroughly believable."Kirkus Reviews