Beating Plowshares into Swords: An Alternate History of the Vietnam War

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What if the Tet Offensive had been launched three years early? What if the United States had then sent a million men into Southeast Asia? What if they'd cut the Ho Chi Minh Trail? What if they'd bombed the North Vietnamese back into the Stone Age? And what if none of that had worked? Would that be the time to start thinking the unthinkable? More

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About F.C. Schaefer

I have always been a fan of such old school monsters as the vampire, the werewolf, the unquiet ghost and the walking dead, and always had the strong ambition to write a novel with one of these creatures in the spotlight. Caden is Coming is my vampire story, but unlike the works of Charlaine Harris and Stephanie Meyer, most of the bloodsuckers in my novel are true spiritual descendants of the original Dracula, returning them to the roles of villain and anti-hero they were always meant to play. Caden is Coming is roughly the same length as Stephen King's Salem's Lot.

It's sequel is Big Crimson, another vampire epic, in which a truly good deed does not go unpunished.

One of my short stories, Pick Your Poison, could best be described as The Stand meets Dracula and the Wolfman. A concept that would make for a great straight to DVD movie. The other one, You Never Know What's Going to Come Through the Door, turns on the mundane encountering the extraordinary when a vampire has to go shopping for a new suit.

Beating Plowshares into Swords is an alternate history of the Vietnam War and comes from my lifelong passion for history, especially military history. I also enjoy speculative fiction and this story is actually the first thing I ever tried to seriously write. It had been sitting around for more than a decade until I pulled it out recently for revisions before putting on the final touches. Alternate History is a sub-genre all its own, but I wanted my first work to be something other than the usual tropes-no What If the South Won the Civil War or What If Hitler had been victorious. I tried to do write something unique, something fans of this sort of thing might enjoy. Hope I was successful.

At the present time I am trying to write a fantasy novel; wish me luck because it's much harder than it looks.

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Review by: James Fairchild on June 04, 2013 :
Now this is a truly well written and very entertaining book. The well crafted storyline and meticulous grasp of history are woven into an absorbing and fascinating "what if" history. Compliments to the author for writing a book so fun to read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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