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Follow His Lead

Follow His Lead

In late 1969, Chuck rushes home from college when his father falls ill and passes away. Bitterness over his loss is compounded by the frustration of being unable to afford a return to school. Rashly enlisting in the Army, Chuck decides to train as a scout dog handler, and in Vietnam, Chuck’s deep resentment is erased by time spent with his devoted dog, Zeke, and happy-go-lucky roommate, Jonesy.


As he faces life-and-death situations almost daily, Chuck finds healing in this unexpected friendship. When Chuck hears that upon the US withdrawal all US scout dogs will be euthanized or given to the South Vietnamese Army, he has only days to protect Zeke’s future. And he knows he can’t do it alone.

Pages: 244
Pub Date: 10-24-2023
Softcover: 18.95 979-8-88824-114-1
Hardcover: 29.95 979-8-88824-116-5


The reviews are in…

“It is like I stepped into a time machine while reading. Memories long-forgotten of my time [in Vietnam] with the dogs awakened vividly. The thought of leaving those amazing animals behind has haunted me for over fifty years.”

—Specialist Mike Gillern, US Army, Vietnam Vet Tech

Richard LaMotte grew up in Portsmouth, Virginia, the son of an Episcopal minister, and is currently a marketing executive. When not photographing waterfowl, eagles, and sunsets, he is often beachcombing and writing. His first book, Pure Sea Glass, earned first place in Writer's Digest's thirteenth annual Self-Publishing Book Awards and was featured in Parade magazine, Coastal Living, Martha Stewart Living, Smithsonian Magazine, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, as well as many local publications. Guest appearances on the Martha Stewart Show and NPR station WYPR inspired his sequel, The Lure of Sea Glass. After college he settled in Chestertown on Maryland's Eastern Shore, where he lives with his wife, Stephanie, a talented musician, composer, and writer.

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