Home‎ > ‎

The Long Goodbye


                                               Paperback/Kindle 367 pages 

Winner of Foreword Reviews 2016 INDIES Book of the Year award from among independent publishers and university presses across the country. 

 "Michael Archer established himself as a worthy spokesman for Vietnam War veterans in 2004 with publication of his poignant combat memoir, A Patch of Ground: Khe Sanh Remembered. Now, Archer has delivered a powerful sequel in The Long Goodbye, a brutally honest and impassioned work of nonfiction that takes us even deeper inside America's faltering war in Vietnam in early 1968. The focal point of The Long Goodbye is Archer's best friend from high school, Lance Corporal Thomas Patrick Mahoney III, who survives his combat debut at Hue City, only to disappear under mysterious circumstances at Khe Sanh. The Long Goodbye builds to a climax in contemporary Vietnam, with Archer playing the role of relentless cold-case detective, driven by loyalty and devotion to unravel the mystery of Tommy Mahoney's disappearance, and to bring home his beloved friend. Many Americans would rather not remember the anguish of our lost crusade in Vietnam. In The Long Goodbye, Michael Archer reminds us why we should never forget." 
GREGG JONES has been a foreign correspondent, investigative journalist and Pulitzer Prize finalist author. His critically acclaimed works of nonfiction include Last Stand at Khe Sanh and Honor in the Dust.

A Man of His Word is carried  by booksellers worldwide  and can be ordered via www.hellgatepress.com 

or from Amazon books 














"Marines don’t leave their dead behind, goes the adage, and in The Long Goodbye Mike Archer demonstrates the truth of that statement and the double-edges of its meaning...   Archer  gifts us with the vivid, utterly compelling story of his stubborn devotion to a friend and of the grim reality of war and its long echoes into the lives of veterans. This is a book that will leave its grip on your heart. It deserves to stand with the classics not only of the Vietnam War but of all wars." —WAYNE KARLIN is an award-winning author and editor. His numerous works of fiction and nonfiction include Wandering Souls: Journeys With the Dead and the Living in Viet Nam. A Marine veteran of combat in Vietnam, Wayne teaches languages and literature at the College of Southern Maryland.
"Mike Archer's gripping description of the decade-long search for his friend's remains speaks volumes about the motto of the Corps, Semper Fidelis--Always Faithful."-- DICK CAMP is a retired Marine Corps colonel, former company commander at Khe Sanh, and formerly Deputy Director of the Marine Corps' History Division. He has authored numerous books, both fiction and non-fiction, including Boots on the Ground and Battleship Arizona’s Marines at War. 

 "Skillfully blending history and biography, Michael Archer tells a compelling story of the Vietnam conflict and its aftermath. His timely revisiting of the epic battle of Khe Sanh reminds us that for those who experience combat a war may never end."-- GEORGE HERRING, Alumni Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Kentucky, is a leading authority on U.S. foreign relations. His books include America’s Longest War and From Colony to Superpower.

Michael Archer writes the simply gripping and astounding story of the death of his childhood friend and fellow Marine in The Long Goodbye, one that goes to great lengths to place that terrible event into its proper personal, historical, and geopolitical context.  —CALEB CAGE is a West Point graduate, decorated for his leadership and courage in combat during Operation Iraqi Freedom II and coauthor of the book The Gods of Diyala.

"Exhaustively researched...  will bring tears to the eyes of the most hardened reader and fresh knowledge to the most well-read historian. It is a terrific book that deserves a wide readership." 
KENNETH J.  CAMPBELL, Associate Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science & International Relations, University of Delaware.

"Part battlefield account and part detective story...The Long Goodbye is riveting and brilliantly told."  DAN BARNETT, Book Columnist, Chico Enterprise-Record