Characters to read about again

"An impressive debut novel, this difficult-to-pronounce but equally hard-to-put-down adventure tale delivers a strong cast of unusual characters whose lives intersect in Chicago and take them across the Pacific to Vietnam and Cambodia. Weaving together ancient Southeast Asian legend, American military involvement in Vietnam, and Chicago entrepreneurship in the late eighties, the scope is ambitious and result rewarding. Intelligent female and male leads must trust each other as they pursue a lost treasure and a medieval culture to which their newest friend is the royal heir. Sexy and suspenseful, I can’t wait for the sequel!"  -Dk Mercer

Page Turner

"This was one of the most riveting books that I have read in a very long time. This book was a "page turner" that defied you to put it down. There never seemed to be a break in the action.
I had previously read Mr. Diebold's "Valley of the Queen" and found to be an exceptional book however, I believe that his second book is even better and hope to hear that he is working on a third novel." -W. Largent

Evaluation of "Thap Cham"

"I found this to be a very riveting book, actually I believe I termed it as a "page turner". Once I began the book I did not want to put it down. While this is meant to be fiction it is interlaced with many factual occurrences. I spent many months off of the coast of Viet Nam during the "war" and therefore could relate to much of the story. I think that anyone who spent tours in Viet Nam, in country or off shore, would find this a "terrific read". I read many books each year and upon finishing them I donate the books to a worthy charity. This is one book that I will not donate. I have placed it on my shelf for another read. I suspect that I will read it several times over the next few years."  -Bill Largent

A Riveting Mystery

This riveting sequel to Diebold’s debut thriller just calls out for a screenplay – I can’t wait to see it on the big screen! The well-developed characters carry over from Valley of the Queen, and the intrigue deepens as the action returns to an ancient valley in Cambodia with a mysterious secret. Beyond that hidden door – no spoilers! – is a surprise you won’t see coming. But perhaps even more intriguing is the mystical relationship between the sensual Queen Mai and her adoring people.

Mr. Diebold has created a parallel universe that is rooted in the history of Southeast Asia, but that looks back and imagines a prehistory that is not of this world. As the characters travel from Chicago to Europe and back to Cambodia, the tangled threads of conspiracy unravel. I wasn’t able to put it down…

The Right Stuff

"I really enjoyed reading this book. I was gripped by the story immediately. I have traveled several times to Vietnam and have read many other accounts of the Vietnam War or as the Vietnamese people say " the American War". The book really brought many of the locations that I have visited to life. It was a very interesting mix of real life experiences of the author, who was stationed in Vietnam during the war days, as well as a fictional story involving Vietnamese history. I highly recommend this book as the author brings the charm and mystery of Vietnam to life." -Michael Farr


-Bill Largent

What a Great Story!

"This book had me turning pages eagerly, and only putting it down when I had to. I looked forward to each next chapter. I can heartily say, what a wonderful, fascinating story!" -David Doody
 

Old Fashioned Excitement.

What a story.....Glamour, Adventure, and old-fashioned excitement from the author's who lived through the Vietnam conflict. Reads like a cross between Ian Fleming and Judith Krantz........Enjoy! Cathee Cohen