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Synopsis: What would you do if you found that the bones and ashes you were given by the Air Force were not the remains of your loved one? Dorothy Kozeny, a 64-year-old widow from a small town in Ohio, after getting no answers from the relevant authorities, decides the only thing to do is to go to Laos herself to search for the truth concerning her son's fate. In 1990, accompanied by a trusted Laotian called Kampeng, Dorothy travels deep into the mountains of rural Laos, attempting to trace her son's path through inhospitable terrain, an unforgettable trek that provides her with a rewarding, often humorous, and at times frustrating, cross-cultural experience. All clues lead her to a mysterious figure, an alledged CIA operative left over from the war, living in a remote and hostile area deep in the jungle. The second part of the book traces the life of this enigmatic character hiding in Laos, the two main characters linked through Dorothy's son.
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Seems to offer unique insights into Laos and its culture and history Full of personal and political intrigue


Melodramatic tone Fairly unoriginal premise

Posted August 21, 2013 by

The acting and script are somewhat amateurish in the trailer for N. Lombardi Jr.’s The Plain of Jars, but its dramatically edited photographs of real-world strife in Laos hint that this book may offer its readers genuine insights into the troubled country’s past. When an Ohio widow discovers that the Air Force may be lying about the circumstances of her beloved son’s demise, she journeys to Laos to try and find out the truth. It’s not an especially original premise, but the unique setting and political intrigue could set this book apart from other tales of unexplained deaths and missing loved ones. Hopefully, The Plain of Jars will live up to this trailer’s ambitious promise.


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About N. Lombardi Jr.:

N. Lombardi Jr. has spent over half his life in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, working as a groundwater geologist. He can speak five languages: Swahili, Thai, Lao, Chinese and Khmer.

In 1997, while visiting Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mr. Lombardi witnessed the remnants of a secret war that had been waged for nine years, among which were children wounded from leftover cluster bombs. Driven by what he saw, he worked on The Plain of Jars for the next eight years.

Mr. Lombardi maintains a website with content that spans most aspects of the novel: The Secret War, Laotian culture, Buddhism, etc. The site offers a sample (the first 3 chapters) available for download.

He now lives in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and is working on his second novel, Journey Towards a Falling Sun.

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Hannah Sheldon-Dean

I'm a lifelong literary omnivore, and am delighted to be turning my obsession with books into a career. I currently write for Kirkus Reviews and Bookslut, and I also work as a freelance writer and editor for organizations and individuals of all stripes. When I'm not messing around with words, you'll find me singing, cooking, or wandering the streets of Brooklyn. Check out all my articles.


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