Hustle the East by Mark Tawen

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1960s & '70s

Stu Glauberman writing as Mark Tawen

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As Americans betray their allies, leading to the collapse of the Kingdom of Laos in 1975, a strong-willed Lao woman makes difficult choices, and years later gets her revenge.


Historical Fiction, Memoir, Political, Romance, War, Adventure, Action, Drama,

Short Summary

A semi-idealistic American arrives in Southeast Asia intending to set a good example. An orphan on the Plain of Jars becomes a Buddhist monk and embodies compassion until the bombs begin to fall. A headstrong young woman with royal blood must decide which of her suitors to marry and whether to flee.


Vientiane and Luang Prabang, Laos; Thailand, Hawaii

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

,Coping with war and revolution

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age, Meaningful Message, Happy Ending

Mature Audience Themes


Main Character Details

Name: Chansamone is a young Lao woman with some royal blood who is faced with difficult choices when her country is about to fall to Communism, and she doesn't know whom to trust

Age: 21

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Naive, Patriotic, Seductive, Adventurous, Funny, Honorable, Aspiring, Beautiful, Romantic

Additional Character Details

Name: Jack Gaines is an American teacher and artist who appears to be a bad guy

Age: 45

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Unapologetic, Blunt, Complex, Engaging, Flexible, Strong Moral Code, Aspiring, Charming, Heroic, Secretive

Additional Character Details

Name: Sangkhom is an ex-monk who became a teacher and lived under American bombs until he was rescued by Americans and given a new life

Age: 45

Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Honorable, Patriotic, Selfless, Desperate, Aspiring, Heroic, Modest, Perseverance, Religious, Complex, Faithful

Additional Character Details

Name: Benny Bendit a newly arrived American teacher is semi-idealistic and quickly becomes corrupted

Age: 21

Gender: Male

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Clumsy, Complex, Funny, Insecure, Naive, Underdog

About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Black Rose Writing

Year Published: 2018

Hard Copy Available



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