Goodbye Junie Moon by June Collins

Book Description:
A curvaceous Australian dancer entertains the troops in Vietnam. She uncovers a get rich quick scheme involving the sergeants running the American Army clubs. Discovering that she has reported them to the CID, they place a high price on her head. She learns they are watching the only airport out, preventing her escape. Then fate steps in, triggering an unexpected turn of events. Goodbye Junie Moon is a memoir which reads like fiction and is guaranteed to keep you turning the page. This true story is verified by numerous newspaper and magazine articles. Racy, action-filled, heart stopping, poignant; it is all of these!

My Review: * * * * *
An incredible story by an incredible woman! The author, June Collins, draws the reader into her fascinating world, seamlessly transferring between alternative chapters of growing up in Australia in the 50s and leading up to working as an entertainer for the troops in the Vietnam War. Her childhood, though fascinating in itself, is relevant to satisfy the curiosity of how June ended up where she did. I was awed at her bravery and empathy as she preferred to support the men in the thick of battle rather than sitting on the sidelines. June provides an authentic insider view into the Vietnam war from a different perspective which taught me more than any historical account. For that alone, the book is worth the read. However, there is so much more to be gained. This is a personal story, and June does not hold back, being extremely honest about her connections with married men as well as her occasional stripping. She does not judge anyone and accepted the war and all its horrors at face value, and as a reader, I held the same respect for her. Being a whistleblower and uncovering the corruption is just the cherry on top. This book is educational, entertaining, fascinating, heartfelt and the story is well crafted. Read it!

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