Bad Odds,a Novel by Duke Davis. Copyright January, 2011Bob Sloan, a young helicopter repair, and design technician, for HeloTechnologies, a company out of Atlanta, goes to Vietnam as a Civilian Technical Representative. Sloan has spent six years inMoreBad Odds,a Novel by Duke Davis. Copyright January, 2011Bob Sloan, a young helicopter repair, and design technician, for HeloTechnologies, a company out of Atlanta, goes to Vietnam as a Civilian Technical Representative. Sloan has spent six years in the Navy, working on choppers on aircraft carriers, and four years in the civilian world doing the same job.
He knows nothing about warfare, the jungle, or Vietnam, other than what he has seen on the TV news. But, he reasons, it makes no difference as he will be on a base somewhere and not involved in the Army way of life.He arrives at Bien Hoa Air Base just after daylight, and is immediately impressed with a few things.
The heat, the horrible smell of burning human waste that permeates everything, and the constant bustle of a war time environment. He reports in and is issued a uniform, a change of clothing, and put on a chopper to Nha Trang, where he will catch another flight to the A Shau Valley and an Army Helicopter base camp located there.At Nha Trang he meets an Army Warrant Officer named Red Watkins.
Red is the pilot who will take him to the A Shau. Sloan finds out that the A Shau is known as the meanest place in Vietnam. On the flight to the base camp the Huey Slick they are in is hit by Vietnamese anti-air-craft fire and explodes.
Sloan is blown out the hatch and lands in a treetop. Hes unconscious, and hurt, but not seriously.Before he can get out of the tree, Sloan sees Vietnamese soldiers on the ground and stays still until they go away. He doesnt know if they are Viet Cong, North Vietnamese Army, or even friendly troops, but is afraid of letting them find him.Fear dominates his every thought.
Sloan is more afraid than he has ever been in his entire life. He is lost in the jungles of a nation at war. He has no combat training. No weapons to defend himself with. No supplies. No idea what he should do. He decides that the Army will not come looking for him because they will figure he was killed in the explosion. He has to get himself out of this jam. He decides the odds are extremely bad against his survival.Sloan is eventually captured and his treatment starts to make him mad but not knowing what to do he does nothing.
He is joined in Captivity by Briscoe, a US Marine Lance Corporal. They team up and together they escape and do their best to evade recapture.Some of his anger is at his situation and the need to kill. Some is from. And some is due to the savageness that resides in mans soul. Sloan arrives in Vietnam as a twenty-eight year old boy but in the end becomes a man.