W Bruce Arnold

Wilderness of Tigers: a novel of Saigon

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This sweeping novel recreates a time and place worthy of James Clavell and Graham Greene.

Enter into a seductive world of lust, deceit, greed and revenge. This is Saigon on the eve of the 1968 Tet Offensive, a place where sudden death is only a quick knife thrust away and danger lurks both from the back of a speeding motorbike and in the bed of a beautiful, obsessed master assassin.

Turning up the heat is Brandy Masters, a blond sexual adventuress whose long night of wild desires could end the career of one of the Army's most respected combat leaders.

How do the abstract paintings by an African-American army deserter tie together her fate and that of Mark Buckley, a Special Forces expert; Kim, the Korean soldier; Newell Osborne, a US Diplomat; and Duat, the ruthless and brutal Chinese drug lord?

These and the lives of other memorable characters, black, white and Vietnamese, together compose a vivid, unforgettable portrait of Saigon. None will come away unscarred. Some won't survive at all.

This is Saigon. It is a Wilderness of Tigers

Praise for Wilderness of Tigers, a novel of Saigon

“Explore the dark heart of the Vietnam War as it happened in the streets of Saigon. Take a break from dry accounts of battle statistics and dive into the belly of the beast. Wilderness of Tigers takes you into the steamy world of emotions and intrigue that drives all human behavior and, when driven by war, who really behaves well?”
— Christina Olds, author of Fighter Pilot: The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds

“Good writing is something of a masterpiece and Wilderness of Tigers is the work of a master. From the first page, you are plunged into the swirl of combat, intrigue, and mysteries writ large across the troubling landscape of Saigon and the war in Vietnam. Authentic action marks this narrative with real dialogue and the sort of knowledge that only a soldier who's been there would have. In the landscape of the Vietnam genre, the Arnold's, father and son, belong up there with Dale Brown and Stephen Coonts”
— L. Douglas Keeney, author 15 Minutes: General Curtis LeMay and the Countdown to Nuclear Annihilation

Written as only one who has experienced combat can detail, Wilderness of Tigers is a gripping story of war in Vietnam. … this fast-paced and hair-raising chronicle of war set in the run-up to the famed 1968 Tet Offensive, will command the reader's attention. This book captures the essence of that war and does so in this entertaining, historically accurate telling of a human story, with big, bold people, all caught in the same set of circumstances. Wilderness of Tigers is a must read. I recommend it highly.
-Brian Sobel, author The Fighting Pattons

“Author Col. Bruce Arnold writes in a swift moving film-worthy style, highlighted by dialogue of Elmore Leonard quality. Get it, and then watch the inevitable movie into which it will be made.”
— Walter Boyne, author TheWild Blue and Silver Wings

About the authors

Col. W. Bruce Arnold, USAF, created Wilderness of Tigers after serving in Vietnam 1967–68 as the chief of DARPA's field unit in Saigon. He was a 1943 West Point Graduate and served in World War II, the Korean Occupation as well as the Vietnam War. Bruce Arnold had a singular military career ranging from riding as a trooper in George Patton's horsecavalry to ballistic missiles. A rich, full life followed, that included starting a winery in Sonoma, California with his son Robert and wife Barbara. He passed away in 1992.

Robert Bruce Arnold owns and operates a winery in Sonoma, California. Like his father, Bruce Arnold, grew up as a military brat in many places coast-to-coast and overseas. His background includes starting a successful system house in the early desktop computer industry and educational filmmaking.
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