"Red Boots Rebel tells the story of an Air Force airman whose innocent world is rocked when he uncovers disturbing truths regarding the Vietnam “conflict"


Red Boots Rebel
Keeping Secrets

Lawrence V. Drake

Thousands of stories have come out of the Vietnam War and the turbulent times of the late 1960's. Most of those take the reader onto the battlefield and into the fighting. My story differs in that I had a unique view from inside a top secret compound in the East China Sea where intelligence from all over South East Asia was gathered and passed on to the top echelon of command. The secrets I learned there prompted a unique protest from within the military ranks that rocked the security service and resulted in significant changes.

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He pulled me into the story with his keen insights, a brutal honesty, solid dialogue, brilliant description. Quite a feat for a first time author! Read this book and buy copies for any baby boomer who was in the military. They will be so glad you did!

-Mark Matteson
Best selling author


Lawrence is forced to make a bold choice, one that will impact the rest of his life. Readers will appreciate his honesty, personal evolution and courage to stand up for what he knows is right.

- Tim Fousch

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I loved this book! I'm not usually one to read stories of war, but this book felt incredibly relevant to our times. It was an engaging and intimate peek "behind the curtain" that helped illuminate a time in history and the military in new way. I would recommend it to anyone!

- Michael Booth

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Lawrence V. Drake

is a life long entrepreneur who has established several businesses. He has been published in numerous periodicals, written industry related books and authored a monthly international newsletter for years. His four year experience in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War left an indelible impression concerning the inner workings of the secret side of war. The prompting of his daughters to share his story led to the writing of the Red Boots Rebel. Born and raised in Montana, Lawrence has lived all over the western U.S. In his early years he worked as a flight instructor, crop duster, and aerobatic instructor, owning and flying a variety of airplanes including antiques and amateur built. He spent a number of years in the solar and radiant heating industries as a manufacturer and business owner. "A lifetime of experiences and a passion for writing has led to this new avocation."


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