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Have you tried my novel yet?

If not, I’d ask you to give it a try. It doesn’t cost much. Only $2.99 on Kindle. Cheaper than a cup of coffee.

It’s a romance for those who don’t like romance.

It’s a history for those who don’t like history.

It will teach you something about Vietnam, culture, and family without bashing you over the head.

It will be fast moving – I promise. That’s the way I love to write. I’m not going to bog you down with 10 pages of description each chapter.

It will have memorable characters. I also promise.

It’s also an adventure.

It’s a war story that is only partially a war story.

It is NOT based on the Vietnam War. It’s set in 1945 and 2000.

The reviews have been excellent. Please read them HERE!

I would be forever grateful if you would give it a try: The Reach of the Banyan Tree

Thank you! (And it’s available in paperback, too! And it has a beautiful cover.)

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One Last Day – It’s Still a Sweet Deal – “Banyan Tree” @ $1.99

The new release, The Reach of the Banyan Tree, is finishing out its 6-day run on its first ever Kindle Countdown Deal. There’s now only 24 hours remaining to catch it at its reduced price before it settles back in at its normal price.

As some reviewers have pointed out, it really does have a little of everything. It’s set in two time periods – 2000 and 1945. It has a stirring romance, but it’s much more than that. It explores the cultural and family ties of a modern day Vietnamese family. It has a touch of intense war. It has a diverse and interesting cast of characters including a billionaire big-mouth, oil tycoon from Texas. It’s an adventure as the protagonist has to decide what to do about love. It has political back-room deals and plenty of shady characters. It has laughter, tragedy, and twists and turns galore.

I hope you will check it out. Much appreciated!

The Reach of the Banyan Tree HERE!

The Spratlys, China, and an Exclusive Book Excerpt

The Spratly Islands are an archipelago of atolls, reefs, and quaint little islands in the South China Sea off the coast of Vietnam, Malaysia, and the Philippines. Who owns the islands? Depends who you are asking. All three of the above countries claims that they are theirs. What has really become irksome to those three countries (and other smaller countries which claim ownership of parts of the thousands of islands) is that China steadfastly claims that they belong to the Middle Kingdom.

When one looks at this matter in a logical geographical viewpoint, it is hard to argue how China would have any claim on these territories which are no where near China. Perhaps they believe since the English world calls the sea between the Philippines and Vietnam the ‘South China Sea’ that they are somehow entitled to the water and any land in it.

Why is this a big deal? The Spratly Islands, while containing no inhabitants and no arable land, might possibly be sitting on large oil reserves. Now it all makes sense, doesn’t it? The region has become tense and the future of the Spratlys are definitely in question.

I approached this matter in my latest novel, The Reach of the Banyan Tree. I’d like to share an exclusive excerpt with you that might put the region into context. Enjoy!

Excerpt from a chapter called “Whisperings” – Police Chief Hung meets the minister of the interior in an unsavory, closed door meeting which will have consequences for our protagonist Chip. 

Mr. Dung pulled out the chair at the head of the table opposite Hung and sat down, dragging on his cigarette like he was deep in thought. He was, in fact, sizing him up. He had heard of his previous indiscretions concerning the drug trafficking, which had been effectively ignored by the higher-ups. It occurred to him at that moment that, perhaps, Hung could be an asset in this situation.

“Mr. Hung, what do you know about the Spratly Islands?”

Hung looked perplexed, and his body language relaxed at the question.

“A series of islands in the East Sea claimed by China, Philippines, and Malaysia. But geographically they clearly belong to our country.”

“That’s correct. A deal has recently been struck to build oil rigs in the Spratlys. This hasn’t yet been announced to the world. It would be too inflammatory. In fact, every exploratory oil company in the world has refused to partner with us on this endeavor because of the sensitive nature of political ties in the region. All except one, that is.”

Mr. Dung paused for a minute to let everything sink in.

“Except for Carson Oil,” said Hung.

“Precisely. Now this crucial deal hangs on a certain individual in your prison. But I understand if he is released, you will have a very difficult situation on your hands.”

“The public will never accept it if there is no trial and conviction.”

“And if he goes to prison for his crimes, Carson Oil backs out.”

A long pause hung over the room.

“What if we both could get what we wanted? What would it get me?” asked Hung in an uncomfortably blunt manner.

“And how could that happen?”

“What if crowds were tipped off to the when and whereabouts of his release? It could get messy. Nothing could be guaranteed at that point. You know how mobs are when they get started.”

“Yes, I know very well how they can be. But is this manageable?”

“Very,” assured the police chief. “And …”

“What would you want?”

“I want to be head of security for your ministry.”

Dung snuffed out his cigarette.

“Before we talk about rewards, tell me about this case. Let me see the evidence.”

Hung opened the box and the two resorted to the worst type of unsavory conversation, which often take place in smoke-filled rooms behind closed doors.

Win a Kindle Fire or Amazon Gift Card!

I (and some other authors) have partnered with The Kindle Book Review to bring you the Kindle Fire Back to School Kindle Fire Giveaway. Look at my book looking fine along side some others:

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But the book below mine has a buff guy with his shirt off. Hmmm. Almost seems unfair. Oh, well. It’s a great giveaway anyways!

Hope on over to the link below, sign in, like my Facebook page, check out some great books and get ready to hopefully win!

Thanks so much for all your support, and good luck.

Enter to win KINDLE FIRE HERE!


Review of Banyan Tree from KindleBookReview!

Marilou George, a book reviewer for The Kindle Book Review, just posted her thoughts on The Reach of the Banyan Tree on her blog “Confessions of a Reader”.

Here are a couple excerpts, but I do hope you’ll read the whole review on her website at the link below:

Mark W. Sasse is one of my favorite Authors, and his new book ‘The Reach of the Banyan Tree’ is a stunningly written and deeply moving story. It takes place in Vietnam, where he lived for ten years, and his writing reflects his passion and respect for the country and its people. He weaves his extensive knowledge of Vietnam and the splendor of the countryside into his writing, as he did in ‘Beauty Rising;’ and with such vivid narratives, I could see the story unfolding in my mind. I love the compassion and complexity he puts into his writing. He has the ability to weave together a complex story filled with emotion and beauty, as well as hardship and turmoil.”


“Banyan Tree” featured on Digital Book Today new releases

My new release, The Reach of the Banyan Tree, is featured alongside a bunch of other new releases on Digital Book Today. They call it a romance & historical. That’s true, but it’s more than just that. It’s a generational tale that encompasses the time period from 1945 until 2014. I suppose that’s about seventy years or three generations. It’s a love story, adventure, and Vietnamese cultural feast. Thanks for checking it out.

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