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The Plain of Jars

The Plain of Jars Dayton Literary Peace Prize entry What would you do if you found that the bones and ashes you were given by the Air Force were not the remains of your loved one Dorothy Kozeny a year old wido

  • Title: The Plain of Jars
  • Author: N. Lombardi Jr.
  • ISBN: 9781780996707
  • Page: 354
  • Format: Paperback
  • 2014 Dayton Literary Peace Prize entry What would you do if you found that the bones and ashes you were given by the Air Force were not the remains of your loved one Dorothy Kozeny, a 64 year old widow from a small town in Ohio, after getting no answers from the relevant authorities, decides the only thing to do is to go to Laos herself to search for the truth concerning2014 Dayton Literary Peace Prize entry What would you do if you found that the bones and ashes you were given by the Air Force were not the remains of your loved one Dorothy Kozeny, a 64 year old widow from a small town in Ohio, after getting no answers from the relevant authorities, decides the only thing to do is to go to Laos herself to search for the truth concerning her son s fate In 1990, accompanied by a trusted Laotian called Kampeng, Dorothy travels deep into the mountains of rural Laos, attempting to trace her son s path through inhospitable terrain, an unforgettable trek that provides her with a rewarding, often humorous, and at times frustrating, cross cultural experience All clues lead her to a mysterious figure, an alleged CIA operative left over from the war, living in a remote and hostile area deep in the jungle The second part of the book traces the life of this enigmatic character hiding in Laos, the two main characters linked through Dorothy s son.Reviewed By Michelle Stanley for Readers FavoriteDorothy Kozeny, grieving for her son who died in Vietnam, is shocked when she receives a mysterious letter stating the ashes the military sent her may not be Andrew s Her investigation confirms this, but the military bureaucrats are tight lipped Dorothy decides to go to Laos to unearth the truth Kampeng, a guide, takes Dorothy on an unforgettable journey filled with trepidation as the country e

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    1. N. Lombardi Jr.

      N Lombardi Jr, the N for Nicholas, has spent over half his life in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, working as a groundwater geologist Nick can speak five languages Swahili, Thai, Lao, Chinese and Khmer Cambodian.In 1997, while visiting Lao People s Democratic Republic, he witnessed the remnants of a secret war that had been waged for nine years, among which were children wounded from leftover cluster bombs Driven by what he saw, he worked on The Plain of Jars for the next eight years Nick maintains a website with content that spans most aspects of the novel The Secret War, Laotian culture, Buddhism etc The site offers a sample the first 3 chapters available for download.Nick now lives in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and has just released his second novel, Journey Towards a Falling Sun, set in the wild frontier of northern Kenya.Some personal comments taken from his user s profile Working as an engineering geologist has taken me to other countries as well, including the Gulf States in the Middle East, North Africa, and two years in China My cross cultural experiences allow me to adopt a world view, and form a major component of my writing, with the aim of spreading cultural knowledge to the reading public in an entertaining way I also enjoy writing emotionally charged stories, and I often laugh and cry while writing them,lost inside the fictional world I create Politically, I am ardently against any war,regardless of the rhetoric used to justify it Until we abandon war, the human race is fated to remain in a savage conditionI enjoy physical exercise, watching a well made film I love Frank Capra , and of course reading a good book I like to be in natural settings rather than an urban environment I am also morbidly interested in following the dark side of covert machinations by the state, and geopolitics, the root cause of war.

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    1. Based on historical facts, The Plain of Jars is an adventure story with a message still relevant today, a moving anti war novel that exposes the secret and illegal war conducted for nine years against innocent peasants Over all a really well written, well researched, human interest story and a gripping read There are some great characters and the dialogue is good The key information is drip fed at just the right pace to keep the reader hooked This is a well written book with a compelling story T [...]


    2. Novel received courtesy of the author in exchange for a reviewI loved this novel I must admit that when I received it, I was a bit shocked at its size 660 pages I thought, Oh no, what have I gotten myself into But this author needed every one of those 660 pages to tell the story I was also a bit intimidated by the subject of the Vietnam Cambodia Laos war Because I was born in 1965, I ve heard about the war my whole life and I ve always been interested in learning , but I didn t live through it W [...]


    3. Although this is a very big read, do not be deterred This book is so well written, engaging and current you won t be able to put it down.Told over a twenty year period and spanning America to Thailand from different points of view very cleverly woven together.It is primarily about War and poverty and the evils american army and government commit in the name of safety security and advancement It reflects on how one soldier realises that the America hes been fighting for are the true evil Charged [...]


    4. I won this through Firstreads.This was quite an amazing story, I thoroughly enjoyed it The initial topic that set off the long chain of events was of much interest, especially at a time where our government is unaccountable for questionable activities and the beginning of book took place in 1969 1970 There are two halves of the book, from two different points of view Dorthy and the Chao Baa, and equally engrossing Upon receiving a mysterious letter, Dorothy Kozeny s reaction was fully expected, [...]


    5. The Plain of Jars is an entertaining action adventure story that educates as well, with numerous segments on the history, politics and culture of Laos interspersed to supplement the events in the story Making the story entertaining, and yet faithful to the historical context, required the author to weave a tale based on many factual events, such as the scandal at the Central Laboratory, the MIA scams, the development of the F111 the prototype smart jet that spawned a new generation of high tech [...]


    6. Beautiful, heartbreaking, and based in truth One of my favorite books in a while Two stories told in tandem that keep you in the edge of your seat The descriptions of Thailand and Laos painted an incredibly vivid and luminous picture of Southeast Asia It s clear that Lombardi knows the region well As an American author who spent so much time living in this region, It shows Above the romantic scenery, what this book brings up about the moral conflicts of war and what that does to those that fight [...]


    7. I found the subject matter interesting especially because there are not that many books on Laos The format of the book was very disjointed and hard to follow which made for frustrating reading.


    8. We ve all heard of the saying Don t judge a book by it s cover well for Plain of Jars i am saying, don t judge a book by it s length Don t take a look and see the over 600 pages and be intimidated PLEASE I promise that the pages will fly by without you even noticing, i promise that the story will have you so captivated that hours will pass in a matter of moments as you read, i promise that you will agree with me when you are done Dorothy Kozeny has received the ashes of her son from Vietnam and [...]


    9. This novel is excellently written with numerous twists, turns, and great historical lessons From cover to cover, I was engaged with this book Great character development and visual depictions I was most impressed with how all separate characters and their stories tie together beautifully in the end Although it s a longer read, I ve never read a novel as quickly as I ve read Plain of Jars A week after I ve read this book and it s still constantly on my mind.


    10. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion I loved the book and the characters It was full of action and it really kept me guessing There was a bit of bad language and some graphic descriptions of violence, so be warned.


    11. I won this book via Firstreads and have just finished reading it over the holiday period I loved every page it was moving, interesting and informative The pages turned by themselves as I was so engrossed in the story.I would absolutely recommend this novel.


    12. Good book club book We all agreed it could have been much shorter The descriptions were great but at times excessively detailed.


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