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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Dress Gray (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Army Blue (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rules of the Road (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Heart of War (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Full Dress Gray (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Boys of St. Julien (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Picture Books

Itty Bitty Baby (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Brat: A Memoir (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Complete Van Book (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Command Missions: A Personal Story (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Twilight of the Cavalry (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon

Lucian K Truscott IV
Lucian K Truscott IV was born on April 11, 1947 in Japan to Army Colonel Lucian K. III and Anne (nee Harloe). Lucian Jr, his grandpa, was a US Army general during World War II where he commanded the 3rd Infantry Division and later on the Fifth Army in Italy. Lucian III, his dad, served in the US Army in Vietnam and Korea, before retiring as a colonel.

Truscott graduated from the United States Military Academy in the year 1969 and after was assigned to Fort Carson, Colorado. While here, he wrote an article on heroin addiction among the enlisted soldiers and another one about what he believed to be an illegal court martial. Then he got threatened with being shipped off to Vietnam and resigned his commission about thirteen months after he graduated, receiving a “general discharge under other than honorable conditions”.

While at the Military Academy, he and other cadets challenged the required attendance at chapel services.

Starting in the year 1970, he started working for The Village Voice as a freelancer and later joined them as a staff writer. Originally he wrote for the Voice as a cadet, submitting some right-wing and conservative letters that the paper eventually began publishing.

One of these letters, which described Christmas 1968 among the hippies at the Electric Circus nightclub, was published as a front-page tale. Another of his letters, which he wrote a few weeks after he graduated from West Point, detailed the riot at the Stonewall Inn he witnessed on June 27, 1969.

Lucian’s debut novel, called “Dress Grey”, was released in the year 1978. it was a bestseller, spending thirteen weeks on The New York Times hardcover bestseller list and then spent seven weeks on the paperback list. His work is from the mystery and nonfiction genres.

“Army Blue” is a stand alone novel and was released in the year 1989. Stories about the Vietnam War tend to focus on the Viet Cong as being the enemy, and spares zero detail in recounting all of the harrowing experiences of American soldiers battling them in the thick jungle.

However, Lieutenant Matthew Blue is fighting a different enemy altogether: the United States Army itself. Matthew’s grandfather and dad were each prominent figures in the military, however the mystery of their allegiance slowly starts unraveling once Matthew gets court martialed for desertion in the enemy’s face, and spends one stint in one hellhole of a Vietnamese jail. One new perspective on military legacies coming from an author that comes from one himself.

“Rules of the Road” is a stand alone novel and was released in the year 1990. This story reveals what can possibly happen when decent people take a stand for the things that they believe to be right. It is an adventure story, a love story, and a full-blooded novel about the meaning of loyalty, honor, and bravery.

Sam Butterfield, who is an Army major, has just come back from a tour of duty in Germany. He visits with his mom on the farm in Southern Illinois where he grew up before he reports to his Ranger Battalion at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He is approaching middle age at mid-career. He still finds the military’s mystique, with its commitment to service and its ordered rules, to be a satisfying haven from the messy affairs in civilian life.

However the major’s life, which until now has moved along on a smooth track, will soon get derailed. Only in a few hours, at some roadside rest stop, all that he has dreamed about and worked for is going to be put into serious jeopardy. His decent instinct to keep the savage beating of some old man is going to lead him to Johnny Gee and one unholy tangle of the profits made from despoiling the environment, sexual blackmail, and political corruption.

Pretty soon the major is going to have to make the sort of decisions he thought the military was protecting him from. The kind that ruin private fortunes, public careers, and lives, even. Through all of it he is going to find the price that can be extracted to keep the people you love safe.

“Full Dress Gray” is the sequel to “Dress Gray”, and was released in the year 1999. Ry Slaight comes back to West Point Academy thirty years older and some ranks higher now. As a lieutenant general, and the new superintendent, Slaight is faced with the challenge of running a new sort of military academy. It is to be one which includes a somewhat feminized and multiethnic body of cadets.

During his first day in charge, a young woman collapses during a military parade. What is on first glance just assumed to be a rather typical case of heatstroke, ends up being a death from unknown causes. When it is revealed that the cadet had sex with multiple guys the night before she died, Slaight is tasked with learning exactly what has been happening at his academy.

“The Boys of St. Julien” is a stand alone novel and was released in the year 2000. August 8, 1944. The German army marched right into the small French village of St. Julien de Crempse. Every boy and man in the village was lined up right at the edge of some ditch, as a young German captain personally delivered the coup de grace into each temple of the victim with his pistol. Just one young boy survived it. Pierre Fargaudie witnessed the butchering of his brother and dad from the rafters in his family’s barn.

Fifty years later, a retired CIA agent by the name of Hank Mathias just bought a home in the village. One evening, he invites the Fargaudies over to have dinner. During the meal, he goes to his wine cellar to select a perfect vintage for his guests. When he comes back to his kitchen, he finds Madame Fargaudie has been shot to death on the patio while Pierre is lying seconds away from death himself in the garden. Struggling, Pierre whispers that the German captain that killed his family has returned.

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