This complex action adventure introduces daring US Special Forces Master Sergeants Tommy McGlynn and Mitzi Mitzamuri who volunteer to be dropped into Laos to search for downed USAF pilot Jake Barton. After that, nothing is predictable!
It’s not only about challenges faced by military men but also how their resilient families endure and overcome when the unexpected happens. Only the characters are fictitious.
Master Sergeant Raymond F. Flaherty (6 August 1927 - 11 September 2006), author of He Didn’t Say Good-Bye and the sequel Strangers Brothers, was the eldest of nine children. Raised in Boston, Ray attended public school until World War II interrupted his education. He served aboard ship with the Merchant Marine until he entered the U. S. Army in 1945.
During the Korean War, he was a member of the 9th Airborne Ranger Company and saw ground combat with Company L, 15th Infantry Regiment. There he was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart Medals and his first Combat Infantryman Badge award.
In 1962, Flaherty went to Laos on Operation White Star as a team sergeant of an ‘A’ Detachment from the 7th Special Forces Group.
His first tour in South Vietnam was as a team sergeant of an ‘A’ Detachment from the 1st Special Forces Group in 1963, where he was awarded his second Combat Infantryman Badge.
Ray returned to South Vietnam in 1965 to serve as intelligence sergeant of the 4th Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade, then as operations sergeant of a ‘B’ Detachment of the 5th Special Forces Group.
According to Col. Richard O. Sutton, M.D., author of the book Operation White Star, the character known as “Flag” is based on Master Sergeant Raymond F. Flaherty.
Strangers Brothers is the sequel to He Didn’t Say Good-Bye portraying the lives of the next generation, Airborne Rangers, participating in the Grenada invasion force.
He Didn’t Say Good-Bye was a contender for the Pulitzer Prize in 2006 and Strangers Brothers was a Pulitzer Prize contender in 2009.
- Judy McLaughlin said: He Didn’t Say Good-Bye gives very deep insight into the lives of the Special Forces men and their families. Reading it, I had the sense of being in some of the places as things were happening. This novel has a good family image, which made it enjoyable to read and a mystery thriller feel, too. I would read it again. It is not a ‘men’s only’ book!
- Robin Moore, author of The Green Berets said: Did this happen? Could this happen? War causes many separations; some planned and some like this one, totally unexpected. Unexpected not only because of the mission, but also the way in which the author weaves his tale of romance, bravery, and political intrigue. I highly recommend this excellent read.
- Karen Roten said: Great book!
- Valerie Biegler said: This is one of those stories I never wanted to end. The characters became so alive that I wanted to meet them. It brings home the extraordinary circumstances that the greatest men of our country and their families have endured—those whose lives epitomize the quintessence of bravery. After reading the first chapters, I knew that I would not leave the pages until I had read it all.
- Jane Faul said: A winner. . . . Well-planned and executed. The military information is interesting and instructive to the outsider without being pedantic. Thank you for not over-whelming this civilian with acronyms. It was also very satisfying to the reader that you so neatly tied up all the loose ends, completing all the circles within circles in your characters’ lives. No doubt others have told you this, but I’ll bet you have a movie here.
- Jack Costello said: I began reading this story very early in the morning and was so engrossed with the book that I never put it down until I finished it later that evening. I have never come across a story that held me as captive as this book did.
- Norman E. Johnson said: The dramatic story line and characters have authenticity. Would satisfy a wide audience. When I looked through Flaherty’s bio, I could see why.
- John McCallum said: . . . a great read.
- Midwest Book Review said: Written by Master Sergeant Raymond F. Flaherty, a Special Forces member and veteran of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, He Didn’t Say Good-Bye is an action-packed novel following the stark challenges facing Speical Forces members and their families. When two Special Forces Maser Sergeants volunteer for an assignment in Laos to search for downed USAF pilot Jake Barton, their mission quickly takes one shocking turn after another. A gripping, couorageous tale, steeped in realism, He Didn’t Say Good-Bye is hightly recommended for military fiction connoisseurs.
- Ruben M. Garcia said: Well written.
General audiences, history buffs, military personnel and their families, mature high school students, and those with special interest in Laos and Southeast Asia or MIAs.
- BISAC CODE
- FIC032000 FICTION / War & Military
- MILITARY SCIENCE / SE Asia / Special Forces / Operation WHITE STAR / Fiction
- MILITARY SCIENCE / MIAs / MILITARY FAMILIES / Creative Non-Fiction