Army cop Erik Rider prefers to fight his war in the saloons and streets of Saigon. When he is sent to disrupt a Vietcong opium operation deep in the jungle, he could not be less interested. But when Rider lands in Cheo Reo, things get complicated. The American outpost is home to battle-hardened soldiers, intelligence operatives, and profiteers of all stripes. Meanwhile, Vietcong battalions are massing in the hills, and sixty thousand Montagnard tribespeople are advancing with the goal of reclaiming their mountain homeland. With a bounty on his head, Rider must hunt for the opium smugglers, avoid enemy patrols, and defend the undermanned U.S. base. As he closes in on the smuggling operation, he discovers that someone inside the base has a stake in it, and is willing to kill to protect that stake. Army cop Erik Rider prefers to fight his war in the saloons and streets of Saigon, so he is less than thrilled at being sent to a tiny American outpost in the remote wilderness of the Central Highlands to take down a Viet Cong opium operation hidden in the jungle. When Rider lands in Cheo Reo, things get complicated. Viet Cong battalions are gathering in the surrounding hills like storm clouds, while the corrupt South Vietnamese commander and his troops sit idle. And sixty thousand Montagnard tribespeople want their mountain homeland back. Soon Rider is entangled with the local CIA man and an alluring doctor serving the indigenous tribes. As he closes in on the opium fields, he learns the hard way that that not all enemies are beyond the perimeter; someone in Cheo Reo wants him dead. Easy enough in a combat zone where killing is common and loyalties are for sale. 'Red Flags' is a masterly novel of soldiers and spies grappling with forces beyond their control and striving for the most basic goal in war--survival. 'To step onto the pages of this intriguing spy tale and haunting war story is to feel the swelter of the rain forest, the menace of enemy patrols, and the maddening duplicity of supposed allies. 'Red Flags' is a richly rewarding hitch in harrowing territory. Enlist immediately.'--Dan Fesperman, author of 'Layover in Dubai' 'I love thrillers. Mostly I read history. Red Flags was the best of both. This is not only an espionage thriller but a fascinating and extraordinarily authentic look at the Vietnam War through the eyes of a wry army cop.'--Keith Thomson, 'New York Times 'best-selling author of 'Once a Spy' 'In 'Red Flags,' Juris Jurjevics has brilliantly accomplished a feat that is becoming a major characteristic of twenty-first-century literature: the seamless combining of a genre form with the deep resonance of literary art. This is a book that is thrilling to read for both its narrative drive and its insight into the human heart.'--Robert Olen Butler, author of 'Hell' 'Juris Jurjevics has achieved the seemingly irreconcilable by bringing the Vietnam War back, and simultaneously making it new. He has found new dangers in Vietnam--like it needed them. It's a great thriller, and a great heartbreak, like its subject matter.'--Jim Morris, author of 'War Story' 'A gripping tale of adventure and mystery set in the backdrop of the complexity and corruption of the Vietnam War. Jurjevics's extensive research and first-hand experience in Vietnam result in a story that is both amazing and, at the same time, believable. A great read!'--Doug Bey, M.D., 1st Inf. Div. Vietnam (1969-1970), author of 'Wizard 6'