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Palawan     by C.D. Williams

Ruthless Islamic terrorists, hapless missionary hostages, a millionaire's daughter, seasoned mercenaries, and lethal Borneo pirates are all key elements in "Palawan", a riveting action/adventure novel by C.D. Williams. An exceptional engaging read from beginning to end, "Palawan" is a deftly written story of friendship, courage, life, death, love and a struggle for survival that begins in the Philippine Jungle, continues to unfold in the lights and glitter of Las Vegas, and ultimately reaches its unpredictable resolution in the high desert country of Arizona. Very strongly recommended for community library collections and personal reading lists for those who appreciate compelling action/adventure fiction. "Palawan" is the debut novel of C.D. Williams and will have the reader looking eagerly toward his next title.






Crewmember Larry Stoffregen 

Realm of the Golden Dragon   by C.D. Williams


I just completed reading Realm of the Golden Dragon and just wanted to commend you on a job extremely well done. I can't help but feel as if it was all just happening and not something that took place 50 years ago. I got the same thrill and sense of awe and fascination as when I read about early whaling ships or trips of exploration. I know for a fact that it will appeal not only to our old crew members but anyone who yearns for the life of a seaman. Most importantly, I see it in the realm of historical literature that not only tells a tale but preserves a segment of history that will become even more fascinating in the far future. Just as we are in awe of the "way of life" of those early sailors. This book will serve to do the same about our generation and look at locations in the Pacific that will never be that way again.




Blogger News Network Andrew Ian Dodge
Palawan by C.D. Williams
A little under 250 pages with a nice tropical scene on the cover might lead you to believe that this was a fluffy little novel about romance in the South Seas. And that is just the point of the cover, to lure you into this rip-roaring thriller with Islamic terrorists and 'Nam vets. Locals as diverse as the lush tropical jungles of the Philippines and Sin City aka Las Vegas add to a nice nixture here.
 
This is a great thiller that never once drags anywhere. The pace is quick, the novel well laid out and the editing is better than most mass market paperbacks. The fact that Williams has pulled off a timely terrorist thriller with more pace and less verbiage than the mighty Tom Clancy is to be applauded. I highly recommend this novel and feel almost intimidated that this is Williams' debut.
Vietnam Veterans of America Magazine Book   Review - David Wilson   

Realm of the Golden Dragon
  by C.D. Williams​

Charles D. Williams enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1957. He served for twenty-seven years and retired as a chief warrant officer. He did a tour of duty in the Vietnam War in 1967.  
Realm of the Golden Dragon (Pocal Press, 152 pp., paper, $17.95) is a “sea story” based on Williams’ time aboard the Basswood, a U. S. Coast Guard cutter in Vietnam in 1967. Williams and the other crewmen, he writes, “worked the rivers and bays all up and down the coast and we did have Navy SEALs on board during part of our time there. However, the joint operation with the SEALs and the combat action segments described in the book are all fictional and a product of the writer’s imagination.”

Novels about the role of the Coast Guard in Vietnam during the war are rare. In fact, this book doesn’t really qualify as a novel about that either. It reads more like a memoir of Williams’ time in the Coast Guard during this period. It is engrossing and fun to read. The characters come alive on the page and the exploits of the Coast Guard deserve recognition. If read carefully, this book does provide a good look at the role of the Coast Guard during the Vietnam War.
However, the author went astray in trying to introduce novelistic elements into this book. If he felt compelled to do that, he should have strayed further and made it a real novel. We get the usual Vietnam War memoir (and novel) name check of John Wayne, as well as how stinky nuac mam fish sauce is, and how the black market operated. We get some details about the Tet Offensive, too.

I enjoyed this book and appreciated the details of what the Coast Guard was up to aboard the Basswood. “During her travels, she would unleash sixty fun-loving frolicking, fornicating, fighting, young Coasties on forty-seven Pacific Islands and five Asian Nations,” Williams writes. “This epic voyage would take them to the hooker bars and short-time hotels of Olongapo in the Philippines, the Vietcong infested bays and rivers of Vietnam, and the vaunted Namenoue Red Light District in Naha, Okinawa.”

That quote captures the essence of the book, and is honest about the book’s intentions. If you love this sort of stuff, this is the book for you.
The author’s website is www.cd-williams.com


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PALAWAN   by CD Williams

A little under 250 pages with a nice tropical scene on the cover might lead you to believe that this was a fluffy little novel about romance in the South Seas. And that is just the point of the cover, lure you into this rip-roaring thriller with Islamic terrorists and 'Nam vets. Locals as diverse as the lush tropical jungle of the Philippines and Sin City aka Las Vegas add to a nice mixture here.

This is a great thriller that never once drags anywhere. The pace is quick, the novel is well laid out and the editing is better than most mass market paperbacks. The fact that Mr. Williams has pulled off a timely terrorist thriller with more pace and less verbiage than the mighty Tom Clancey is to be applauded.

This is a perfect novel for someone flying from the east Coast of the US toVegas. A perfect travel novel that has enough to get you distracted but not enough to get turgid. I highly recommend this novel and feel almost intimidated that this is Williams' debut.

The novel would make a perfect movie, as long as Williams could make sure the baddies stay the same. Methinks there is a great script right below the surface. Let me assure you that it does not read like a script made into a novel.

If you are in search of a good novel to while away a few hours before you sleep at night might I suggest Palawan?