No Good Like It Is and Dog Soldier Moon by McKendree Long

VVA member McKendree “Mike” Long III served two tours in the Vietnam War as an advisor to South Vietnamese Army units, earning a Silver Star and Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry in the process. After retiring, he began writing historical fiction. His books, Long told us, “don’t have a damn thing to do with Vietnam, but have everything to do with veterans.”

Mike Long

Long’s first novel, No Good Like It Is (332 pp., CreateSpace, $12.08, paper; $2.99, Kindle), published in 2010, follows two Confederate cavalrymen through the Civil War and their postwar adventures in Texas.

In the sequel, Dog Soldier Moon (Goldminds Publishing, 260 pp., $12, paper; $2.99, Kindle), published in 2011, Long brings back his Texas Ranger heroes Dobey Walls and Jimmy Boss Melton, who get involved in a series of adventures in the Texas Panhandle in the late 1860s.

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—Marc Leepson