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Review of ROCK SPRINGS REVENGE

by Dell Isham

From Baba Looey, a reader from Coral Springs, Florida

You'll feel like you are in the Old West . . .

Dell Isham brought the West alive for me.  This isn't the Cowboys and Indians West of the movies, but an historicially accurate portrayal of the development of our current society and development of journalism and organized labor.  This exciting and informative story is shown through the eyes of a naive, but idealistic young reporter looking into the abuse of Chinese workers in the mining industry of a very rough Wyoming.  The book is filled with colorful characters all with a unique voice.


Reviews of KNIGHTS OF GOLD

by Dell Isham

From Writer's Digest Book Awards . . .

I really enjoy books about the lost Confederate gold. It's one of the nation's most fascinating puzzles. You had a great plotline in the book that gave a plausible answer to the questions about the gold.

From Portland Tribune and Clackamas Review . . .

His publisher, Outskirts Press, notes that Isham's education and experience prepared him to write this historial and political thriller.

From Michele Shuck, a reader from Sedona, Arizona . . .

Excellent Read.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book!  I couldn't put it down.  A great plot and lots of suspense. Beautiful ending!  Great job Del Isham!

Reviews of GOODBYE VIETNAM

by Dell Isham

From Daniel B. from Coconut Creek, Florida . . .

Informative & Entertaining Quick Read.  I was motivated to read this sub-300 page adventure tome at a fast pace . . . . it immeditely grabbed my interest and didn't let go.  A 3 hour read, it provided a great insight into the indigenous mindset via the female protagonist's voice.  Facinating indeed.  Dispite all good intensions The USA cannot export the evolved historical context in which we hold and execute the framework of our society. Tribal cultures with feudal hierarchies that do not share a sense of the importance of the rights of individuals and the pursuit of happiness cannot by definition be expected to adopt undiluted democracy without mutation. Lessons particularly applicable in foreign policy today . . . . I highly recommend Mr. Isham's statement of love, war and living with risk.

From Raymond Cristina, a reader from Prospect, Pennsylvania . . .

The part of the book that moved me most was his love affair with the Vietnamese girl. This is probably the most heart-warming book I've ever read about the war years in Vietnam, and believe me, I've read a hundred of them. I was in an earlier war, but I lost friends in this one. Isham was so honest about what was happening there, even though he wasn't in the midst of the fighting. But boy, he sure knew what was going on. However, the part of the book that moved me most was his love affair with the Vietnamese girl. I loved her. She was loyal, she was brave, and she went through hell as a boat person to eventually make it to America. She had no idea how he was going to accept her. He took her in his arms and said, I love you. My heart rate went up about ten beats a minute. What more can I say?

From Michele Shuck, a reader from Sedona, Arizona . . .

Another excellent book by Del Isham!  I started it this morning and finished it thisevening.  I have a brother who served in Vietnam, and I now have a better understanding of some of the things he may have encountered there.  This story I am guessing is based mostly on Mr. Isham'spersonal experience.  Once again, well done, Del! When is the next one coming out?

From Writer's Digest Book Awards . . .

I enjoyed the story. . . . I found myself wanting to read the entire thing in one sitting. You had a great plot line and a few twists that I had not expected. You did a nice job with the setting and the characters.

From David DeHart, a reader from Wilsonville, Oregon . . .

Must read for Nam Vets and their families. Having spent a tour as an intelligence officer in Vietnam the same time and in the same area as Isham's protagonist, Clint, I can attest to the fact that his descriptions, insights into the futile attempt to "pacify" the Mekong Delta, and personal difficulties, are spot on. This story brought me back into the war. It was as if I had entered some kind of time machine. I could smell the rice patties, taste the dust and inhale the diesel fumes of Vietnam. This is a great read -- a love story, as well as a personal trip into war. You'll love it.

From D. Harris, a reader from Portland, Oregon . . .

In country, deeply. This story is much more engrossing than the violent explosions of "Platoon" or "Apocalypse Now Redux."  The protagonist, Captain "Crint" (as his Vietnamese girlfriend pronouces his name) McGregor is believable and admirable. The author writes from direct experience about dealing with villagers and local bureaucracies in the effort to stop the insurgent Viet Cong.  Lien, Clint's Vietnamese girlfriend, is the real hero of the story.  And I loved the surprise ending. 

From Dian, a reader from Portland, Oregon . . .

First Book I've Read on Vietnam. "Goodbye Vietnam: Love, War and Espionage in Vietnam" by Dell Isham was the first book I have ever read about Vietnam.  Although I knew it was fiction, I also knew after reading that I was getting the true flavor of the country, the people, and the war.  I was grateful for Mr. Isham's attention to detail in the description of living quarters, the barracks, the daily life of soldiers as they interacted with Vietnamese people.  I also felt that he provided a sensitive look at women in Vietnam and the roles they played in the lives of soldiers, their families and the war.  He showed compassion, understanding and empathy for all of his characters.  After I read this book, I had a better understanding of the War I know little about, but it made me curious to learn more.  A good read, it kept my attention, it was fast paced, and moved along quickly.  He didn't get bogged down in describing battles, but gave enough information about how the military works, that a non-military person would not be bored, it was just the right amount of battle and espionage to keep me interested throughout the book.

 

Reviews of ISOM DART AND AN ASSORTMENT OF SCOUNDRELS

by Dell Isham

From Daniel B., a reader from Coconut Creek, Florida . . .

Interesting and Extremely Entertaining account of the goings on in certain parts of the Pacific Northwest. Not your mother's West.  If you were a fan of HBO's "Dogwood" series this book will satisfy the same vein of desire with historical accuracy of extremely biblical proportions.  I want to tell you about cattle rustlers evading the posse while barefoot in freezing snowstorms and lucky shots that would make you blush but read the book instead.  Mr. Isham has a fascinating and Scholarly Tome to be proud of.

From reader SWID . . .

Fun Read.  Good story about that part of WY and CO.  From what I know of the history of that area seems to be fairly accurate.

From Michele Shuck, a reader from Sedona, Arizona . . .

Wonderful Historical Western. As an adult, I have found a new interest in historical events.  This historical western was great from the first page!  It held my interest 'till the end and I continue thinking about the book.  As I have said in other reviews, a mark of a good book is one that keeps you thinking about it long after you finish reading it.  Dell Isham did a wonderful job and I look forward to more of his books.  Thanks, Dell, for a job well done!!

From Janet Seiz, Associate Professor, North Carolina A & T State University, Greensboro, North Carolina . . .

Dell Isham's new historic biography Isom Dart and An Assortment of Scoundrels is a welcome addition to the fields of African-American studies and the ever-burgeoning literature on the American West.  Well crafted and engaging, Isham's work synthesizes a host of new material from a variety of sources.  A well honed historical researcher, Isham's particular skillset in this biographical undertaking involves the ability to look for the overlooked in trailing the story of African-Americans in the 19th century American West.  Appealing to a broad group of readers, Isham's tale of outlaws and murderers, ranchers and rustlers coupled with a sympathetic look at the integrity of spirit and resilience in the character of Dart -- (a man Isham calls a "common workingman in the West.") -- makes for a good read.

From Sabo16 from Cary, North Carolina . . .

One in every five cowboys was black.  Finally Dell Isham brings this to light.  Entertaining reading while being historically important.

From Andre Tse, Jr., and reader from Thailand . . .

Born a slave as Ned Huddleston, Isom Dart, had an amazing life.  He tracked down criminals, started a ranch in Colorado and a cotton plantation in Oklahioma, became an elected official in Wyoming, defended small ranchers against the cattle barons on the open range, and had an interesting love life.  I am sure if he had been white, dime novels would have been written about him along with Butch Cassidy, Buffalo Bill, and Wyatt Erp in the 1880's.  This book fills the gap, but better than fiction, it is all true.  Dell Isham has demonstrated that history does not have to be boring -- in fact, this book is facinating from cover to cover, yet well documented.

From Paul Oblock, Jr., former mayor of Rock Springs, Wyoming . . .

Southwestern Wyoming and northwestern Colorado have a colorful frontier history.  Dell Isham brings the past to life with his exciting biography of Isom Dart.

 

 

 



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