Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Running With The Enemy by Lloyd Lofthouse Review and GIVEAWAY

Running with the Enemy is a suspense thriller set during the Vietnam War. A rogue CIA agent needs someone to blame for his crimes.

Recon Marine Ethan Card is the perfect patsy. As a teen, Ethan ran with a Chicago street gang, and he has a criminal record. He also has a secret lover, Tuyen. But Tuyen, who is half French, is a beautiful Viet Cong resistance fighter. Since she was a young child, Tuyen has lived under the brutal control of her older, sexually abusive half-brother, Giap, a ruthless and powerful Viet Cong leader, who has forced her to kill Americans in battle or die if she refuses.

When Ethan discovers he is going to be court-marshaled for weapons he did not sell to the Viet Cong and Tuyen will be arrested and end up in an infamous South Vietnamese prison, where she will be tortured and raped, he hijacks a U.S. Army helicopter and flees with Tuyen across Southeast Asia while struggling to prove his innocence.

The rogue CIA agent and Giap--working together with the support of an unwitting American general--will stop at nothing to catch the two, and the hunt is on. The star-crossed lovers flee across Laos to Cambodia's Angkor Wat; to Bangkok, Thailand, and then to Burma's Golden Triangle where Ethan and Tuyen face a ruthless drug lord and his gang.

In the rainforests of Burma, Ethan discovers that a massive assault has been planned to hit his Marine unit's remote base in South Vietnam with the goal of killing the man he admires most, Colonel Edward Price, who is the only one that believes Ethan is innocent. Ethan must risk everything to save Price and his fellow Marines. Will he succeed?

Lloyd Lofthouse, a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam veteran, served in Vietnam as a field radio operator in 1966. Back home, Lloyd was a heavy drinker until 1981, never talked about the war and suffered from PTSD. In the early 1980s, he confronted his demons by writing about his war experiences in an MFA program.

Running with the Enemy started as a memoir and then evolved into fiction.

His short story, A Night at the “Well of Purity”, named a finalist of the 2007 Chicago Literary Awards, was based on an event Lloyd experienced in Vietnam.

His novel My Splendid Concubine has earned ten honorable mentions in general fiction—a few examples: the 2008 London Book Festival; 2009 San Francisco Book Festival; 2009 Los Angeles Book Festival, and the 2012 New York Book Festival, etc.

In 1999, his wife, Anchee Min, the author of the memoir Red Azalea, a book that was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 1994, introduced Lloyd to Robert Hart, the real-life character of My Splendid Concubine.

After an honorable discharge from the U.S. Marines in 1968, Lloyd went to college on the GI Bill to earn a BA in journalism, and then worked days as a public school teacher for thirty years (1975 – 2005) in addition to nights and weekends as a maĆ®tre d’ in a Southern California nightclub called the Red Onion (1980-1982).

Loyd’s Website: http://lloydlofthouse.org/

Lloyd on Twitter: https://twitter.com/lflwriter
Lloyd of Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lloyd.lofthouse

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The New In Books Mar 12 Interview
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Cassandra's Review- action and suspense will grab you in this perfectly written book.  The stages of the events and power of the authors words will have you reading and enjoying it all the way through till the end where you will not be disappointed. I would highly recommend reading this book as an adult but not really for young children and I would not let my younger children read it yet. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from 
The book is available for giveaway in Print and ebook and is open internationally however, print is available to Canada & U.S. only.


  1. Thanks for taking part in the tour. I'm glad you enjoyed 'Running With the Enemy' so much!

  2. A double thank you for hosting "Running with the Enemy" for its March 2014 book blog tour and also for warning that this is a violent book with adult themes. The war followed me home in 1966 and has never left me.

    In fact, if anyone wants to get closer the real face of war without physically being in one, I just finished watching both seasons of "China Beach", a dramatic/traumatic TV series that ran from 1988 to 1991. I highly recommend it. There are also other books that depict war as it really is: For instance, "Chickenhawk" by Robert Mason.

    You may think I'm trying to drive readers away from my book. Not so. I just want people who have never fought in a war to have a better idea of how brutal it is. There are no winners.

  3. this book is for me - thank you for the chance to winl.

  4. It wouldbe me thanks for the chance


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