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By: Robert E. Ford, Jr.

About the Book

Based on the author’s real-life experiences during – and after – the Viet Nam War, Nightmare follows enlisted man Jack Butler on a mission into dangerous territory, with enemy fighters on the move. Despite the reckless actions of an inexperienced “cherry” lieutenant, Staff Sergeant Butler tries desperately against the odds to accomplish the mission and keep his men alive. As the enemy closes in, Butler and his platoon risk their lives and show exemplary bravery to accomplish their task.

But, as with so many veterans from that conflict, Butler is tortured by nightmares of his experiences. Nightmare is an honest portrayal from a soldier who lived it, offering insight and understanding into the lives of the men who had their boots on the ground.

About the Author

Robert E. Ford, Jr. was raised in an Irish Catholic working-class family in Union County, New Jersey. Like Sgt. Butler in Nightmare, he was enrolled in college before an unforeseen circumstance landed him on academic probation and he received his draft card. To avoid infantry, Ford enlisted to join Army Intelligence and was deployed to Viet Nam in April 1969, volunteering to extend his term to serve a second tour. After numerous setbacks due to his veteran status, he eventually became an investigative aide in the IRS Intelligence Division and retired in 2004.

Ford has a step-son and a daughter, as well as two white German Shepherds. He is an avid reader.


(2017, Paperback, 178 pages)

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  • 5
    Viet Nam

    Posted by Karen Hanson McColl on Jan 18th 2018

    I haven't read a book in years. When I heard about Bob Ford's book "Nightmare", I knew I had to read it. It's fiction, but based on his life experiences. Anyone who has ever been in battle has their war stories. The difference in Viet Nam vets is they weren't thanked or praised when they got home. They were made to feel ashamed of the things they were forced to do. I've seen first hand to one degree or another what that has done to people I know (or knew) & love. This was the first of what I hope will be a series. I hope for Bob's sake it chases some of those demons away. For myself I'm hoping that maybe, just maybe after getting a better understanding of what this is like I might be able to say the right thing to someone & they too will be able to talk about it. I think we all know unlike any other conflict, they just don't talk about it. If you have a love one who has suffered through this I highly recommend reading this book

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  • 5
    Mr Ford puts into words his real world Vietnam combat experience, sometimes comical, sometimes tear jerking, sometimes suspenseful, but always on the edge of your seat.

    Posted by dynoking on Dec 14th 2017

    Riveting! I could not put this book down. I finished it in two readings.