According to the book
description of River of Perfumes: A Novel of Marine Combat Correspondents
in Hue City during Vietnam's Tet Offensive, "Post World War II America
and teenage boys dreamed of adventure growing up in the 1950s, listened to Elvis
Presley and read Jack Kerouac, yet it wasn't cruising Route 66 in a Corvette
that united them, but Highway 1, known as the Street Without Joy, on the way to
Hue city during the 1968 Tet Offensive in Vietnam. It was the dawning of the Age
of Aquarius, Civil Rights and the pill, young girls in long boots and short
skirts, but not for those in the jungle and rice paddies of Southeast Asia. Full
of innocence and dreams, adolescent passion and coming of age horror, RIVER OF
PERFUMES captures the contradictions of the times and what the brutality of war
does to young men in battle, and a country that stayed home and abandoned them.
"Mike Stokey has written a story which slowly sucks you in until you're trapped.
Then, as you get deeper and deeper, you don't want it to end. Worse...you begin
dreading what might happen to characters you've come to know, with whom you now
identify. The battle for Hue, Tet 1968 is well-known, but the story for Arthur
Latimere, a newbie Marine combat correspondent, hasn't been told before. Hang on
to your guts when you take this journey." John M. Del Vecchio New York Times
bestselling author of The 13th Valley."