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2015 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award Winner.As communist forces close in on the separated Marine station at Khe Sanh, the 1968 Tet Offensive takes off across Vietnam. Shot down in Hue City while searching for bases to move the 1st Air Cavalry to break the siege, U.S. Navy Seabee Officer Kevin Corcoran takes shelter with South Vietnamese holdouts. Intense opponent fire drives off rescue helicopters, leaving Kevin and a wounded friend separated in Vietcong territory. As fight rages around him, Kevin considers the fate of his Vietnamese fan, Linh, whom he understands is on a Vietcong struck list. To alleviate his suffering, he reviews his battalion's efforts to develop the bases, roadways and air centers the combat forces require to operate in an undeveloped country. While Kevin remains trapped, Seabee "Bull "Barker and his road team
battle savage Vietcong night attacks, then bridge streams and canals to open the roadways south of Hue for relief forces. U.S. Marines enter to retake Hue. Trained for counterinsurgency warfare, the young "grunts
"rapidly adjust to metropolitan combat and begin to wrest the old royal capital from the North Vietnamese Army. Will they get to Kevin in time? And what fate waits for Linh at the hands of the vicious opponent? Asphalt and Blood is loaded with scenes of intense combat, Seabee ingenuity and "can do "spirit, and whirlwind wartime love.