SAIGON COMMANDOS #2 CODE ZERO: SHOTS FIRED! BY JONATHAN CAIN

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Copyright 1984.

Sgt. Mark Stryker has reenlisted with the MP’s of the 716th Battalion in Saigon. While on a routine patrol with a rookie a call comes through of a sniper attack. Arriving they find the Decoy Squad pinned down by heavy fire from a group of VC. While going to the roof the VC are attacked by an overzealous helicopter pilot firing its rockets and causing a fire to the tenement. When the smoke clears a new MP just recently transferred to the 716th is missing. Soon after his wife comes to Saigon to find answers to his disappearance. She finds out he also had a Vietnamese wife. Soon the investigation leads to a KGB agent.

Meanwhile the MPs have to deal with the various other lowlifes that inhabit Saigon including a VC sapper attack on Tan Son Nhut airport, a panty pirate that steals women’s underwear and defecates on their beds and someone sabotaging Raunchy-Raul’s jeep.

The second book in the series establishes Stryker as a full member in the MPs. It starts to establish this series as one that has a mixture of action, police investigations and humor. The panty pirate is an officer that is a drag queen. An officer is found to be responsible for the various humorous sabotaging of Raunchy-Raul’s jeep. It seems back in Colorado Raul set up as a practical joke that the lieutenant was sleeping with the general’s wife and got him transferred to Vietnam. The main thing he seems angry about is that the general’s wife was real ugly and that ruined his reputation. Stuff like this sort of lightens up some of the more gruesome murders found in the book.

One thing that I though was a bit sad is a subplot with a seven year old Vietnamese girl. She finds out that her father was an MP and at the end he is reunited with him and her mother. They were going to get married when they were all gunned down and killed by the fleeing KGB agent at the end. I thought that was kind of a let down. Still the book was a solid entry in the series.

Code Zero is a radio term the MPs use to warn of imminent danger.

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