"Like many novels, this one has its origin in the author’s life, in Robinson’s case his near-deployment with the reinstated Merrill’s Marauders into the French Indochina wars while he was in the US Army. This aborted plan sparked an interest in the convolutions of American policy in East Asia between the Korean and Vietnam wars, which form the background of this novel and its plot. Genre-wise, The Godhead is a mystery, but since its Triple Nine Society author is also interested in the harmony of Eastern mysticism with Western physics, it is really more of an allegory about how the oneness of all things is manifest in everyday reality, even when that reality is prosaic or gruesome. Mensan mystery and military fans will enjoy the literal level of Robinson’s well-researched tale, which follows an American investigation into a French accusation that the American government is supplying arms to anti-French guerrillas. More metaphysical Mensans, for their part, will enjoy detecting the philosophico-scientific quest for the ultimate truths about life evident in the novel’s title, to which each character offers clues. Ultimately, this is a book for the philosopher warrior of Asian legend."
"You have real talent. Keep writing."
"The action remains strong while clarity has been improved. In many places
your touch shows itself to be finer than before. Your determination and energy
"This is a particularly impressive first novel, written with a style that
is often lyrical and with a narrative that is vivid, powerfully but compactly
expressed, closely observed, effectively plotted and quite suspenseful."
"This book is an extraordinary book. It was an eye-opener for me, engrossing
and I thought innovative. It tells a unique story and contains a lot of
government skullduggery and has quite interesting characters."
"Great Reading. Historically correct. Militarily Correct. Politically
exact. Good Homework on your times and places. This book set me up
with more food for thought in finding more pieces of the puzzle.
Unlike my Cao Dai brothers I understood the reality of a Cao Dai Girl
falling in Love with a warrior (from personal experience). The
beginning was out of my scope but once the book got into Vietnam I
enjoyed the style and the way it moved along in timing and in keeping
up with what was going on with the characters. In Good Taste. I
converted to Cao Daism in 1967 and Vietnamese is my 5th Language. I
had relatives that were Viet Minh that did not support the
Assassination of Diem and have relatives buried in the Holy See
Cemetery, and also had relatives that ranked up to Colonel in the Cao
Viet Nam 15 MAR 1967 - 24 DEC 1970
US Army and DOD Civilian