What you have before your eyes is not exactly about war—not the dogs of, the glories of, the hell of, nor the strategy of. But it is about a war of sorts—one within the human heart. The struggle of a boy, and then a young man, growing up in poverty, getting drafted into the Army during the Vietnam War, and then coming home during a time when the country had conflicted and shameful attitudes toward Vietnam vets and toward gays. Incoming! is a fitting title because life kept coming at this boy and this young man with all the subtlety of mortar fire and live grenades.
Don’t expect a map of Southeast Asia or a timeline that matches up with Wikipedia. Don’t expect a learned retrospective of the Sixties in Little Rock, or a Ken Burns’ treatment of letters from the front. You will not be sitting in your chair looking inside a life. You will be inside Larry, looking out through the eyes of a child. You will, for a little while, be Larry and walk in his shoes. And you won’t be disappointed.