Books by Ron Lealos
Literary Agent: Peter Riva, International Transactions, Inc.
Donít Mean Nuthiní tells the story of Frank Morgan, a young college grad raised on Army discipline, who starts his career as a Phoenix
Program assassin in Vietnam believing in his country. The book begins with Morgan on the Freedom Bird to ĎNam in 1969, sitting next
to a grizzled grunt. Itís Morganís first realization of what may be in store. With less than a month to go on his tour, Morgan
leads a squad of South Vietnamese special forces in a bloody massacre and then mistakenly kills a beautiful innocent woman, Liem,
in an old French plantation outside Can Tho. The attempted murder of Morgan by his CIA chief, a swashbuckling midget cowboy named
Comer, who wears silver spurs on his boots, begins Morganís metamorphosis into an avenging assassin, not for hire by the US war machine.
with a Montagnard scout, Luong, and they visit an old comrade who has adopted a young Vietnamese boy.During their stay, the vil is
attacked, leaving Morgan and Luong as the only guardians. While moving through the bush with the child and Luong, or at night watching
the Southern Cross, one of Morganís pastimes is to write letters he never mails to his parents and draft fictional articles for Stars
and Stripes. Donít Mean Nuthiní is filled with stories in the style of Tim OíBrien and Michael Herr. The book captures the setting
of a country melting in napalm ooze and anecdotes grunts used to survive the insanity.
Pashtun is a modern day version of the Phoenix Program where a soldier is recruited by the CIA to assassinate suspected Taliban
and Al Qaeda terrorists. The real targets become blurred and the hero of this work discovers it's oil and heroin driving many of the
missions he's sent to carry out. His new found knowledge takes him and his two comrades to Germany and throughout Afghanistan. One
of his sidekicks is an indestructible lyrical Irishman with a cutting sense of humor and a glass of whiskey never far from his hand.
The second teammate is a giant who quotes poetry and rap songs while he both administers torture and lives through his own agonizing
trials. On the way, the trio rescue a veiled woman and barely escape the vengeance of their bosses at the CIA. Pashtun is filled with
challenges of military special operations in a rock filled landscape and told with a compassion for those asked to fight the battles.
Thirty years of nightmares and Frank Morgan is given the chance to end the horrors in No Merci. Every glance brought
Morgan a memory of a green-eyed Vietnamese beauty, dead from a bullet between the eyes shot from Morganís silenced .22 Hush Puppy.
She was innocent, and even a cup of tea reminded Morgan of the dirty water next to the blood from her skull. Now, in a London casino
three decades later, Morgan meets another stunning green-eyed Asian woman in trouble and he uses his skills as a CIA trained assassin
to rescue her. They end up traveling to Hong Kong to meet up with a Chinese Triad leader who directs them to Ho Chi Minh City for
a clash with an old enemy thought long dead. From there, the two take R & R in a small island off the Greek coast, nurturing the
budding relationship. The book finally concludes with a trip down ancient tunnels in Jerusalem. At the beginning, Morgan is obsessed
with wrongs he committed in Vietnam, As the story progresses, he begins to see clearly for the first time in many years, all a result
of his growing love for Hatati, the ex-beauty queen from Malaysia. The story is filled with action, adventure, intrigue, love, and
the redemption of a tortured soul. While the locales change around the globe, so does Morgan as he opens his heart to something other
Captain Chyang Fang, the half-breed Chinese-Vietnamese head of the cityís
Homicide Division, and main character in The Sixth Man, is
hated by nearly everyone in Saigon. Now, he has been assigned to find out who is killing high-ranking Vietnamese government officials
and leaving toy cobras on their dead bodies. Fang must rely on the dim-witted Sergeant Phan to drive him around and carry a pistol,
since Fangís bloodline makes him untrustworthy. But Phan is more interested in finding Larry the Lobster in the SpongeBob Squarepants
game on his Smartphone. More ably, Dr. Ngo, Saigonís hunchback play-do faced coroner, uses all the skills heís acquired in forensics
by watching imported CSI shows to assist Fang in his investigation. Fang uses his sharp wit and cynicism as the only weapon he has
to battle bigotry and prejudice, while he spends his off time in the dream world of the Ma Jingís opium den. The mystery heightens
as more ex-Viet Cong officers die and Fangís search leads him to an old Montagnard acquaintance and Frank Morgan, a Phoenix program
assassin now retired from killing for the CIA along with his gorgeous Malaysian girlfriend. The Sixth Man is set in modern Saigon
and is a story rich in Vietnamese culture and history, while portraying some of the horrors of the past.