Poisoned Jungle

A Trailer I made for my friends father James Ballard 's novel.  An Army medic in the Mekong Delta December 1968- October 1969.  Assigned to the quadriplegic ward at Letterman's army hospital after his return from Vietnam. Looking for people to read and review advanced reader copies. www.james-ballard.net

"Poisoned Jungle" -  a Novel by  James Ballard.

Some wars don’t end when the fighting stops. In Poisoned Jungle, James Ballard forcefully captures a medic’s fears, confusion and strength on the ground in Vietnam in prose that mirrors the best of Tim O’Brien. But his story goes deeper, in the eloquent depiction of the struggle to readjust to stateside life, a flight to find oneself, and an eventual landing spot away from the clatter of the guns. James Ballard’s work represents in tones that are eminently human the timeless quest for peace, one that transcends all wars, both external and internal.

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SYNOPSIS

Poisoned Jungle speaks to the long tentacles of war, on the lives it claims, and the difficulty in breaking free of them.

Andy Parks survived his 1969 tour as a medic in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. It took everything he had. Believing the war would be over after the grueling patrols in leech-infested swamps and triple canopy jungles, he dreamed of his return home.

From the moment his plane touched down on U.S. soil to a raging anti-war demonstration, Andy’s life spiraled out of control. The war he thought he left behind continued. What he called his “dead weight” came home with him.

He spends time in prison where he realizes he coped better in the war than with his life after his return. Deep down, he wants to live, but has no idea how to do that. Guilt, moral injury, and stress haunt Andy’s return home and he creates a mess with his actions.  

Poisoned Jungle tells the story of the Vietnam War through the eyes of a medic struggling to find equilibrium with his experiences during and after the Vietnam War. As former platoon members experience the mental, physical, and chemical trauma from the war, Andy is powerless to help. He teeters near the psychological chasm of his survivor’s guilt.