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Books by Larry Allen Lindsey

  • Bones

    Hattie Sexton, at well over a hundred years old, is a mountain legend and mistress of the black arts. In her final days, she sends for reporter John March, intending to clear her conscience and tell her multifaceted story of growing up among the Melungeons of Appalachia—with a giant as a brother.


    March finds himself mesmerized by a unique tale of retribution, replete with hill mannerisms and quirks and characters both fearsome and wonderful. In the end, Hattie Sexton turns out to be living (and dying) proof that “turnabout is fair play” and “revenge is best served cold.” In her case, stone-cold dead.

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  • Long Slow Target

    Long Slow Target chronicles the highs and lows of a former teacher making the transition from naïve civilian to the supply officer (“pork chop”) of an aged ship tasked with sailing up and down the rivers of Vietnam. The welcome-aboard speech the ship’s grizzled skipper gives to his shave-tail ensign says it all:

    “We don’t do spit and polish well on the Fat Lady. We’re slow as molasses in January and easier to hit than the broadside of a barn-from the inside! Half of our equipment is down hard, and the other half has been patched up three times over. As far as money goes, we always suck hind teat. But without our dirty little ship, nothing would get done in this godforsaken country. In ‘Nam, nasty comes in all shapes and sizes, and I’m here to tell you that hauling our butts around the Delta, we’ve seen our fair share of nasty.”

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  • Stump!

    Motivated by the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, champion swimmer Lee “Stump” Kelley is hell bent on becoming a Marine.  Waylaid by a silver-tongued Navy recruiter he becomes a frogman instead. After blowing up under water obstructions all over the Pacific, at Tacloban he loses the first of his best friends in a gruesome explosion. A month later he loses the second in a freak encounter with a giant hammerhead shark at Manila Bay. Moving on to Okinawa with what’s left of his frogman team, he suffers serious burns during the largest kamikaze attack of the war. At Guam a three star admiral asks his opinion on a prospective landing site for the invasion of Japan. As always, Stump tells it like it is. “Admiral… trying to march into Tokyo will cost a million American lives. And one of those lives is gonna be mine.”

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A retired naval officer and Vietnam veteran, Lindsey did his undergraduate studies at Princeton and his master's work at Kent State. He was stationed overseas in Spain, Guam and Okinawa, and served tours of duty with both the Seabees and the Marines. He served on the worst riding ship in the Navy, a World War II LST–the same ship that landed his father at Normandy–and also the best riding ship, a modern aircraft carrier. He currently resides in San Diego.