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The Nam Shadow synopsis

To carefree, naive, young soldier Terry Edwards, life's an adventure. But how easy is it to cope with the extreme fear and intense emotions that come with the war in Vietnam, when you know life balances on the accuracy of a bullet in meeting its target? Sometimes, taking chances is the only way to stay alive.
For combat photographer Frankie Proctor, every young soldier in Vietnam has a story to tell. The problem is, can she tell it before the war claims them? Or her? Her days are filled with bloodshed and death. Sometimes, the only way to cope is to grab any opportunity you can to celebrate that you're still alive.
Destined to belong to a brotherhood of men who live in the shadow of Nam, Terry finds himself fighting a war he never saw coming. As Vietnam eats away at him from the inside, can he outrun the shadow? Can Frankie?

"Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live."
Norman Cousins

The Nam Shadow is Terry's story.

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"I loved The Nam Legacy, but this was, what an amazing story. The relationship between Terry and Frankie was so powerful and important, especially during those times in Vietnam. Carole Brungar took me back into that war zone, back into everything those boys and Frankie went through and ripped my heart out several times. An incredible and moving story that I highly recommend."

"The Nam Shadow is a richly written and often unsettling journey into the Vietnam War as it follows Terry and Frankie playing their part in a game of propaganda, love, and loss. Throughout the book, colorful imaginary leaps off the page with insight and a well-researched story-line into both the War, and the Agent Orange fiasco. The Nam Shadow won't disappoint. It's an insightful five-star read that you won't want to put down. And after you're done, the story will stay with you for a long time. The perfect companion novel to The Nam Legacy."

"I think Carole took a lot of guts to write novels about Vietnam, considering how many view the war and all the issues surrounding it. It is often misunderstood and unspoken about. I recommend it with a huge thumbs up."

"Great things come to those who wait. The sequel to The Nam Legacy has landed! What a great read, I couldn't put it down. The Nam Shadow is a roller coaster read. It plays with your emotions. Heart pumping reading in the parts where Jack and Terry, and Frankie, a woman combat photographer, are in the jungle fighting. Carole's research and passion on the Vietnam War, Agent Orange and PTSD gives you a true understanding on what happened in that War and the the after-effects when the veterans returned home. Highly recommend. Can't wait for the next book."

"Loved it! I didn't put it down and read the whole book in one day. It is not often I come across a story that interests me in this way. Carol has an easy style of writing and crafted scenes so well I cried, felt the fear and the horror, but then laughed and revelled in the joy. It's a great read and one that can easily be picked up more than once and enjoyed again."

"Nam Shadow very much complemented Nam Legacy, however you could read it on its own and you wouldn't feel like you missed anything. Absolutely loved the main characters and my heart went out to them and what they went through. To know that in real-life so many soldiers and their families suffered as they did in the book just makes it even more powerful and emotional."

"Carole Brungar can spin a yarn."

"Love this book...feel as if I am right there with them. Can taste the food, feel the heat. Cry when someone dies. You are one hell of an auther Carole Brungar!"
Carrol Denne
The Nam Legacy synopsis

The Nam Legacy is an epic love story set during the 60's and 70's. When the Rolling Stones and Jefferson Airplane drove parents crazy, teenagers found sexual freedom and peace slogans covered placards. When the Vietnam War abducted the nation's young men and sent them to fight in New Zealand's most controversial campaign.
After eighteen months in Vietnam, New Zealand soldier Jack Coles thought killing others to stay alive would be the hardest thing he would ever have to live with. He was wrong.
Although the nightmare of what he saw and did haunt him constantly, what tortures him the most is what he has left behind.

'Not everyone who lost his life in Vietnam died there, not everyone who came home from Vietnam ever left there.'

The Nam Legacy is Jack's story.

A legacy of war, romance and rugby

(Radio NZ interview with Carole)

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what readers have said:

"What a brilliant read. Your detail in researching the story for this book is amazing, particulalry for a non military person. The history relating to that era, particularly to Foxton bought back memories of the 'Good Old Days' of non-regulated freedom. I was'nt expecting the story to end that way and felt the emotions as I read the last page. I love Bryce Courtney as a writer and his style of writing is similar to yours. To those people that love a good read, particularly military personel from this era, this book is a MUST READ. Congratulations Carole Brungar!"

"It is a powerful, gritty story with authentic characters."

"The realistic dialogue took me straight back."

"I was enthralled by the battle scenes, it almost made me feel like I was watching a movie."

"I finished your excellent book last night with a certain feeling of disappointment in that I wanted more! Have to say that I was immersed in reliving aspects of my earlier life & experiencing a range of emotions throughout. I expect that many military men & women who served in Vietnam would experience something similar upon reading your book, depending perhaps on the nature of their deployment(s). Ghostly visitations by past spirits are inevitable. I enjoyed the read immensely. Job well done Carole."

"This book took me on an unexpected journey. I laughed and cried, felt angry and such sorrow. A definite must read."

"This is so much more than a love story and it stays with you long after you've read it."

"You write of the Vietnam War with the authority that must come from intense research or perhaps like Evelyn you were there too. The Vietnam sections and the dialogue in particular is spot-on, and convincing."

"Set in the late sixties and seventies your caught up in the lives of Evelyn and Jack in small town Foxton then taken to the horrors of the Vietnam war."

"The Nam Legacy is evocative, disturbing and beautifully written."

"I have just finished reading your book The Nam Legacy. I must say it was a brilliant story and beautifully told. I was fascinated by the memories that flooded back in relation to the 1960's pre Vietnam War. The war part was well researched and brought back many memories also. I was in Victor 3 Company which was there at the same time as Whiskey 1 Company and can relate to the story. I believe this tale is similar in regards to most Vietnam Veterans in many ways. I congratulate you on your work and this book will hold a special place in my library."
Paddy: 3 Section, 3 Platoon, V3 Company, South Vietnam 1968/1969
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"What makes The Nam Legacy such a memorable novel, is its strong and emotional humanization of its characters. Carole Brungar pays great attention to each character and scene, breathing life into them without making them ever seem like caricatures of the Vietnam era.
The Nam Legacy's plot is heart-wrenching and captivating as the reader connects to and follows along with the characters' tumultuous lives, straight up to the bittersweet ending that is guaranteed to leave readers in a puddle of tears.
A realistic and relatable portrait of New Zealand life during the Vietnam War, The Nam Legacy is a powerful, truthful, undeniably genuine novel that will tug at your heartstrings and keep you hooked until the very last page."

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A Tide Too High synopsis

When expat New Zealander and front-woman for international band Polar Blaze collapses on stage, she is issued an ultimatum. Change your lifestyle or pay the price.
Mac Morgan has built her entire life around working hard to prove she's a success. She doesn't know how to slow down. She disappears from media scrutiny and spends time recuperating at a private beach in the far north of New Zealand, a large coastal property owned by the Stanford family.

London-based Alec Stanford wants what his twin brother has: a home, a wife and children. But just because he's one of the world's most successful businessmen doesn't mean he's good at personal relationships. After his beautiful socialite wife files divorce papers, he thinks maybe he's just not marriage material. But he's not prepared for the chance meeting with a burnt-out rock star who's hiding out from the media.

A chance meeting that has devastating results.

A Tide Too High is a New Zealand novel about relationships, misplaced loyalty and being strong enough to believe in yourself.

what readers have said:

"a lovely read...
The writing was very good, and the New Zealand settings were vividly bought to life."

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"the rock star and the businessman - a winning combo...
Showed the strength of writing. I look forward to more by this author. I hope she also showcases more of New Zealand in future books!"


"lovely story...
I loved how easily you could connect with the characters and their relationships, it was difficult to put the book down."


"great new kiwi author...
Great to read a book from a kiwi author and be able to associate with the places in it. Makes the story and the characters more real."


"an inspiring journey...
I couldn't put it down. It took me on a journey of laughter, sadness and excitement."


"awesome story...
Had me hooked from the first page. Awesome from cover to cover."


"beautiful story!..
Loved it! Lots of twists & turns."


"I loved this story...
I could feel my heart racing as I was reading. Brilliant."


fast-paced story...
"I loved the fast-paced story-telling style and the grittiness of the characters."

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Finalist, Koru Award for Best First Book 2015
National Excellence in Romantic Fiction Awards First Coast Romance Writers
National Excellence in Romantic Fiction Awards
Finalist, Best First Book 2015
Finalist, Best Fiction With Romantic Elements 2015