I received an email last night from a wannabe movie producer who sought permission to use Elijah Fire, the fifth and latest installment of my Vietnam short stories, as the basis for a screenplay and movie.
“Of course,” I said, “and here’s where to send the royalty checks.”
Though the prospects for success are pretty unlikely, it is still gratifying to be asked.
According to an account in the Old Testament, the prophet Elijah called for fire to rain down upon his enemies. “If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty.” 2nd Kings 1:10. This installment of Vietnam short stories is about the firepower at the disposal of LRRP teams, scouts alone in the boondocks, that included artillery, Phantom jets, and especially helicopter gunships, the Cobras. But, a team calling down hellfire risked getting burned.