"The Advisor (Co Van)" by Carl Nelson
Brown Water Vet Authors Vietnam War Book
What sets Carl Nelson's book, "The Advisor (Co-Van)" apart from the many
other novels written about Vietnam? This provocative story about sailors, SEALS, and marines in the Rung Sat Special Zone (RSSZ) deals with the
complexities of being an advisor to foreigners in wartime: a clash of cultures, combat action and political intrigue. Played out through Viet Cong
as well as American and South Vietnamese characters the book narrates both sides of that strange war.
More than just an action-adventure story, The Advisor is driven by historical intrigue, gripping drama, and haunting romance suffused with the
mystery and seduction of the orient. It begins in the summer of 1972 the last year of the war, before the U.S. military left South Vietnam and ends in 1975
when the last Americans are evacuated. This metaphoric novel challenges the premise of the Vietnam War, while spinning a tale of protecting the Long Tau
Channel, the most strategic waterway in the campaign.
"Obviously written by someone who was there. A good book that I very much enjoyed reading! "
-- Captain C. Jerry Wages, Jr. U.S. Navy (Ret)
Former Senior Advisor Rung Sat Special Zone
Published by Turner Publishing Company and Endorsed by Admiral Elmo R. Zuwalt, Jr., Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret) deceased, The Advisor (ISBN
156311513-1) can be ordered at 1-800-788-3350, any bookstore, or through
Beginning as a sailor in 1949, Carl Nelson's military career took him through graduation from the United States Naval Academy and retirement as a captain.
During which he served in and commanded cruisers, destroyers and had four tours of duty in the Vietnam War. Professor Nelson's career as a professional
writer includes eight non-fiction books about international business and economics and two novels. He can be contacted at:
Telephone: (619) 421-9094