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“Running with the Enemy” was released January 2013

Website: Running with the Enemy

Blog: The Soulful Veteran

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Where to buy:
Amazon Kindle
iTunes: Available for iPhone, iPad or iPad touch

Literary Awards for this novel:
Runner Up in General Fiction
2013 Beach Book Festival

Honorable Mentions in General Fiction
2013 San Francisco Book Festival
2013 Hollywood Book Festival
2013 New York Book Festival

Praise for Running with the Enemy

“Obviously drawn from the author’s first-hand experiences as a Marine serving in Vietnam, Running with the Enemy is a rough but occasionally heartfelt war story. … The book is sometimes too obviously drawn from his experience. But ultimately that’s a small complaint about a book that, on the whole, is quite good and has a lot to say about the nature of the conflict …”
 – 21st Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards commentary from an anonymous judge

 “The author definitely has inlcuded vivid, entrancing descriptions of the country, the people and the military who served there. … It is an action-filled, intriguing story I will not forget soon.” 5-star review from KMT through a Library Thing Giveaway

 “From the first chapter to the end, it kept me going. Lofthouse writes from his heart and that always makes for a good story.”
4-star review from Mahree through a Library Thing Giveaway

 “For those who would like to get a sense of what combat was really like, this is an excellent book, which began as a memoir of Vietnam.”
–  4-star review from Harvee L.   [an Amazon Vine Voice]

 “The fight/combat scenes are stunning, very realistic. … Betrayal, revenge, murder, and desperation make this a must read! … Very highly recommended.”
5-star review from Great Historicals

 “This was quite a riveting but cruel story, not for the faint of heart. Well written with very graphic language and violent scenes but all-over, a very good suspense book.” 4.5-star review from Lynelle of (South Africa)

“This is a real pulse pounding adventure that is not for the faint of heart. You have a heroic soldier and crazed villains and a satisfying ending. I always like when the easy way is not taken, it leads to a much better read for the hero to overcome his problems with forceful determination. A must read for those that like military adventure.” 4-star review from Exapno through a Library Thing Giveaway


3rd Edition Released April 2013


e-book cover                                                  paperback cover

Note: All previous editions of this novel have been removed from publication by the publisher.

Where to Buy:
Amazon Kindle – US
Amazon Kindle – UK
Paperback sold through Createspace

Publication History of My Splendid Concubine:

My Splendid Concubine

1st edition of My Splendid Concubine:
2007 iUniverse Editor’s Choice
2007 iUniverse Publisher’s Choice
2008 iUniverse Reader’s Choice

Honorable Mention in General Fiction
2008 London Book Festival

“Packed cover to cover with intriguing characters and plot, a must read for history fans and a fine addition to any collection on the genre.” Midwest Book Review, May 8, 2008

“A stunning work that enmeshes imperialism, modernity, miscegenation and plain old desire in a sweaty matrix of destruction and painful birth.” City Weekend Magazine, May 8, 2008

“Those who are interested in unconventional romances with an out-of-the ordinary setting will find plenty to enjoy.”Historical Novel Society, May 2008

2nd edition of My Splendid Concubine

“A powerful novel whose beauty exceeds that of the book’s cover.”
Commentary of a Writer’s Digest judge, April 2009

Honorable Mentions in General Fiction
2009 San Francisco Book Festival
2009 Hollywood Book Festival

Our Hart, Elegy for a Concubine, the sequel to
2nd edition of My Splendid Concubine

Honorable Mentions in General Fiction
2009 Nashville Book Festival
2009 Los Angeles Book Festival
2009 London Book Festival
2009 DIY Book Festival 

Our Hart is a unique and entertaining read, recommended.” – Midwest Book Review, April 2010

“Fine and tightly controlled Novel” – Historical Fiction Society, May 2010

“Political intrigue and matters of the heart are both fully explored. … readers who enjoy vicariously experiencing other times and cultures will find Our Hart a fascinating journey.” Commentary of a Writer’s Digest judge, April 2011 

Finalist in Fiction & Literature: Historical Fiction:
The National “Best Books 2010″ Awards, December 2010

3rd edition of My Splendid Concubine
(formerly titled The Concubine Saga) 

Honorable Mentions in General Fiction
2012 San Francisco Book Festival
2012 New York Book Festival
2012 London Book Festival

“Drawing on heavily researched passages with great dramatization, The Concubine Saga is a strong pick for historical fiction collections, highly recommended.” – The Midwest Book Review, July 2012

* Warning: The first-half of this novel contains graphic-sexual content that reflects Robert Hart’s lifestyle while attending college and during his early years in China that may be considered soft-porn and offensive to some readers. If you think you might be offended, please do not buy and read this novel.

The following video was an interview for the 2nd edition of My Splendid Concubine.