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· My Street in Hanoi

· White Water Rafting on the Zambesi River

· Money Laundering is a Contest of Nerves for the Professionals

· Canoe Safari down the Zambesi River

· Sorting out the Sinks in the Money Laundering Game

· The Charge of the Deadly Cape Buffalo

· Transitional Countries-Financial Crisis Looms

· Money Laundering

· Survival-Life in Cambodia

· New Book Launch centered on bank corruption and money laundering

· In the Skies of Uzbekistan - December 2001

· Tashkent Uzbekistan News - 30 October 2001

· News from Tashkent Uzbekistan - October 2001

· Author's introduction to Leaving it Behind by John W. McCoy

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Publisher:  John W. McCoy & Associates Pty. Limited ISBN-10:  0975044184 Type:  Fiction


Copyright:  Nov 17, 2004

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John W. McCoy brings to his readers a new novel relating the struggles of the Vietnamese people in the aftermath of war. This novel portrays their heroic efforts to survive the drug lords that are rampant in the Golden Triangle, threatening to take over their lives.

John has lived among these people and understands them well, which is conveyed sympathetically to the readers of his books. The Vietnamese people he has met during his times in Vietnam know John well and understand his concerns and compassion for them.

The Vietnam War is over and the lucky ones are fleeing Saigon by any means they can. The South Vietnamese government and the Americans had betrayed them, forcing them to leave families and a life that was now over. 'Leaving it Behind' is a brilliantly conceived plot that captures the weakness of senior bankers and politicians who are manipulated into corruption in a massive way for personnel wealth. The leaders of the drug cartel wanted Langston dead. The leaders of the drug cartel had to be found and destroyed before Langston could start leaving his past behind forever and beginning a new life with his lover.     

FORTY YEARS LATER, Jonathan Langston sat quietly looking at George Street in Sydney from the third floor office window. He thought about that day so many years ago when he had made his dash for free-dom, leaving his home and parents, feeling a sensation of relief. Many things had happened since that day to bring him to where he was now. Fortunes had been made, and lost, for him and others, mostly large companies, spread around the world.
He had made a reputation for himself, and his talents were often in demand. But as he sat smiling and feeling the relief, he knew it was time to quit, to leave that world behind.

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Where is the next twist...
The author has a very good understanding of the various cultures of the Vietnamese people and their willingness to accept life as it is. The challenges in that world of deception in the international banking world and the drug cartels tested that acceptance. Where is the next twist? I kept asking. The author used an easy flow of different languages and cultures, making the characters believable." Father Charlie Robak, Hanoi Vietnam

effortlessly into the action
Gripping and hard to put aside, I was drawn effortlessly into the action which traverses the international financial centers and involves the unsavory world of the drug cartels. I enjoyed it tremendously. Ruth Downing

Leads readers into the scenario
The author presents the atypical circumstance in a fashion that allows the readers to feel as if they are on the inside of the scenario - a fly on the wall, so to speak, visualizing the movie running. I walked most of my life with this man and knew his stories but I am now learning more about my father by reading his books. Thanks Dad. Stephane Guy McCoy

Reader Reviews for "Leaving It Behind"

Reviewed by Terri Hayes 7/21/2002

Leaving It Behind: Riveting New Novel by Master of Suspense

Salt Lake City, Utah, June 30, 2002—Following in the footsteps of Tom Clancy and James Michener, John McCoy’s masterful new suspense novel, Leaving It Behind, combines the riveting forces of danger and intrigue with an insightful look into the world of Vietnam. McCoy gives us a suspenseful novel based on his expertise in the banking world and personal experience in Vietnam.

“Culture-hero” Jonathan Langston and his Vietnamese friend, Quan, fight to destroy the drug cartels, set up during the Vietnam War, which are trying to control the banking industry in Vietnam and other countries, including America. Factored into the equation is Tuyet, a woman Jon rescued from rape and death when she was a young girl. After years of denying their destiny, and after years of loneliness and unhappiness, Jon swears this mission will be his last.

What he and Quan and his army of mountain soldiers, the Montagnards, don’t count on is betrayal by top government officials and the kidnapping of Anh Phon (Quan’s wife), Tuyet, and their general. Only through Jon’s shrewd thinking and the help of friends is he able to save those who mean the most to him, so that he can leave his former life behind and begin a new one with Tuyet.

John McCoy, Leaving It Behind, $22.00, ISBN #1-930586-70-1 Advance books available at discount with quick delivery online at

Father Charlie Robak, Hanol, Vietnam testifies, “This book was very engaging and hard to put down, from my own personal experience of working and living in Vietnam. John McCoy has a very good understanding of the various cultures of the Vietnamese people and their willingness to accept life as it is.”

American Book Classics is an imprint of American Book Publishing, a traditional publishing company with over 85 titles to date in print.

Contact Information: For more information, review copies, author photos, and interviews, contact Terri Hayes at or 801 463-3890.
Reviewed by Dirk Teda 2/2/2002
Your book - Leaving It Behind - is written in an easy going style and shows the cultures of Vietnam in a difficult situation. The story moves fast and opens the suspense in each chapter. I had difficulty in putting the book down and continued reading. A very good ability in creativity which depicts real life. Dirk Teda

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