Above and Beyond is the story of Neil Thompson, a third-generation West Pointer whose father and grandfather were killed in the two world wars. Raised without a father, he seeks to reunite with his dad by immersing himself in combat. It is also the story of the Special Forces Reconnaissance units in Vietnam, units with annual casualty rates that sometimes exceeded 100 percent.
For six months the Marines and Popular Forces of Combine Action Platoon Tango Niner had fought Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army units. The VC and NVA almost always lost those encounters. After months of losing fighters and supply trains, and an inability, despite repeated attempts, to overrun and wipe out the CAP, the VC and NVA are leaving Hoa Bun billage alone. The CAP needs a new challenge!
This war novel's characters, torn between duty and personal ethos, tread deeply into the circumstances that force payment of an eternal price from the souls and minds of those who serve, and from those who lead, as they fight for their country. Themes as applicable to the 21st Century warrior as to warriors from all eras, MICKEY 6 chronicles the struggles of leadership in war.