I am a big fan of Stephen Coonts' writing. So, when I learned of the Deep Black series, co-written with Jim DeFelice, I picked up "Deep Black: Conspiracy." I was not disappointed. Based on Coonts' thorough background knowledge and research into current espionage technologies, the action ricocheted from Vietnam - past and present - to rural Connecticut, D.C., LA and several stops in between.
In the midst of this action genre page-turner, Coonts offers some deep insights into the mindset of many Vietnam veterans:
"Meeting his Vietnamese enemy reminded Dean not of the war but of how much he had changed in the intervening years. As a sniper, he's seen Vietnam, the world, as black-and-white. Now he saw only colors, infinite colors. He knew his job and his duty, and would perform both. But e no longer had the luxury the teenager had of looking at targets through a crosshaired scope. What he saw was weighted with the time he's come through, the miles he's walked. The ghosts he'd shared space with, haunted by and, in turn, haunting." (Page 255)
I plan to read the rest of the series.