"Dragon In The Bamboo" is not your typical Vietnam War book. It is about the "best and worst" of times a young marine grunt experiences in 1968. Not written in the usual novel format, it tries to convey and capture the intensity of Vietnam for readers, both veterans and non-veterans. Many of the veterans of earlier and later conflicts will find some common experiences here. Civilians may find a better understanding and appreciation of men and women in uniform. It is not a story about heroes, it is a story about common experiences usually forgotten or not told by veterans.