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The Cajun

The Cajun

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Book DescriptionLaird Granger is The Cajun, born into a wealthy family in Louisiana. His parents die in an airplane crash when he is a teenager, and he goes to live with his uncle. As a lieutenant in the U.S. Marines, he is an advisor to a battalion of Vietnamese Marines commanded by Captain Lon Duc. Their battalion is tremendously successful against the Vietcong. When the Vietcong rapes and murders Laird's Vietnamese fiancée, he becomes their implacable enemy.

Laird meets Jacques LeClerc, a former French paratrooper, at a martial arts academy in Saigon and they become fast friends. Jacques' sister-in-law, beautiful young Tui, becomes Laird's wife and the love of his life. The Cajun is the story of the three men and their families, and their fight against the communists in Indochina. Sent to Laos as a military advisor to the Hmong tribesmen, Laird earns their respect and affection. Their chief joins him to his family in a ceremony that, unknown to Laird, also joins him to the chief's daughter, the Princess Sheng. As the Hmong society is polygamous, this presents problems for no one except Laird, who is astounded at what has happened.

The chief tells Laird that if the marriage between him and Sheng is not consummated, his daughter will be disgraced. Laird goes to her and then finds that he cannot be without her.

Sheng's family dies in a battle for the Hmong's mountain fortress of Long Tieng, and Laird brings her out of the wilderness to safety. Laird's uncle sponsors Sheng to come to the US. With Saigon overrun, the three families stage a spectacular escape to Thailand, only to face the failure and disillusionment of their lives. Laird, Tui, and their two daughters, Kim and Lili, return to the states when his uncle falls ill. Laird finds Sheng who has borne him a daughter, whom she has named Lynnette.

Ten years later, at Kim's wedding in Bangkok, Lynnette comes from the U.S. to be Kim's bridesmaid. In an emotional interlude, the relationship between the two families is finally resolved.