Mary Bernadette is a Vietnamese girl born on November 22, 1963the day John F. Kennedy is assassinated. Raised in an orphanage, she finds herself unwittingly involved in an international incident at the age of six, when a Russian man who claims to be the second gunman on the grassy knoll during the assassination of Jfk stumbles into the orphanage looking for help.Mary Bernadette is then witness to the opening rounds of Operation Excalibur, the Cia code name for the mission to capture this second gunman alive. In the late spring and early summer of 1971while Americans are unaware of the potential for a major international incident that might bring their country to the brink of war with the Soviet Union or ChinaOperation Excalibur plays itself out in Vietnam. What Mary does not know is that one unintended consequence of this action will be the senseless massacre of orphaned children by an errant North Vietnamese captainand that she herself will be among the dead. This Cia thriller and tragic tale of love and intrigue, set during the Vietnam War, describes the attempt to capture Jfk's other assassin, now a Russian advisor, as told by an innocent victim from her grave.
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John F. Bronzo found his passion for writing was awakened later in life after experiencing the many diverse and inspiring works in The Norton Anthology of American Literature. He lives with his family in New York.Review:
The Vietnam veterans of America review Mary Bernadette by John F. Bronzo Posted on April 18, 2016
The entirety of John F. Bronzo's Mary Bernadette: Secrets of a Dallas Moon--A Young Vietnamese Girl's Tale from the Grave About the Killing of JFK (Archway Publishing, 426 pp., $40.99, hardcover; $26.99, paper; $2.99,Kindle) is neatly summarized both in the long title and in this paragraph at the beginning of the book:
"Rooted in the 1963 Assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy (JFK)and taking place during the Vietnam War in 1971, this is an epic tale of patriotism and sacrifice and of love and intrigue, as seen by the backward glance of a young Vietnamese girl named Mary Bernadette, who was born on the day President Kennedy was assassinated and lived just long enough to see his other assassin--the second gunman on the grassy knoll--be captured."
This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are either products of the author's imagination or used fictitiously. As Bronzo says, "Any resemblance to actual events or persons living or dead is entirely coincidental."
I've read many, many books that deal with the JFK assassination, and this is a worthy addition to the field. I've even written a couple of conjectural stories about the existence of a second assassin. So I am familiar with that confused and nightmarish event.
Bronzo has given the interested reader an enjoyable novel to read, as well as plenty to think about. I recommend this book to those who never seem to get enough grist for the conspiracy mill that has been cranking out one crazy theory after the other for all these decades.
This novel does demand close, attentive reading, however, as the names of characters change throughout. The free and easy way the book moves through time and space can easily discombobulate the reader who needs a book to be strictly chronological and narrated by people who are alive and well.
We're told that Lee Harvey Oswald was not "a silly little communist acting alone" in nut country, and that he was framed.
The book does occasionally intersect with the themes in other Vietnam War books, including the phrase that most irritates me, "baby killers." It's as if babies were treasured by the armies in previous wars. But babies died in all wars.
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9781480819054,$40.99, HC, 426pp, amazon.com Synopsis: Mary Bernadette is a Vietnamese girl born on November 22, 1963 --the day John F. Kennedy is assassinated. Raised in an orphanage, she findsherself unwittingly involved in an international incident at the age of six,when a Russian man who claims to be the second gunman on the grassy knoll duringthe assassination of JFK stumbles into the orphanage looking for help. Mary Bernadette is then witness to the opening rounds of OperationExcalibur, the CIA code name for the mission to capture this second gunmanalive. In the late spring and early summer of 1971 (while Americans are unawareof the potential for a major international incident that might bring theircountry to the brink of war with the Soviet Union or China) Operation Excaliburplays itself out in Vietnam. What Mary does not know is that one unintendedconsequence of this action will be the senseless massacre of orphaned childrenby an errant North Vietnamese captain -- and that she herself will be among thedead. Critique: A consistently compelling and deftly crafted novel of love andintrigue set against the background of the Vietnam War, with a detailedportrayal of an attempt to capture JFK's other assassin -- a man who is now aRussian advisor. All this is uniquely told by an innocent young victim from hergrave. "Mary Bernadette: Secrets of a Dallas Moon" distinctly establishes authorJohn F. Bronzo as an impressively original and talented novelist of the firstorder. While "Mary Bernadette: Secrets of a Dallas Moon" is unreservedlyrecommended for community library General Fiction collections, it should benoted for personal reading lists that "Mary Bernadette: Secrets of a DallasMoon" is also available in a paperback edition (978-1480819047, $26.99) and in aKindle format ($2.99). Micah Andrew
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