The Dog Soldier
In bestselling author Kim Kinrade’s 9th book, The Dog Soldier, Jackie Benson, a seventeen year-old runaway from Southern Alberta joins the American army during the last throes of its involvement in the Vietnam War.
Impressed with Jackie’s heroism under fire his best friend, Jimmie Whitebull, teaches him the philosophy of the Dog Soldier clan of the Northern Cheyenne and Whitebull's forefather’s involvement in fighting Custer at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Jackie and Whitebull volunteer to stay behind and fight the enemy so that a helicopter carrying wounded soldiers can escape. Because of this selfless act, when he visits Whitebull's family in Montana while on furlow, Jackie is given honorary status in the Dog Soldier's society.
After returning to Vietnam Jackie uncovers a Chinese and Soviet connection to help the North Vietnamese army capture Saigon and end the war in North Vietnam’s favor, However with the Paris Peace Accords in motion this discovery is not welcome by the leadership in Washington and leads to his banishment to Cambodia where, in the tradition of the Dog Soldiers to fight injustice, he helps a village fight against the Khmer Rouge genocide.