Blood on the Yellow Robe: Through the Horrors of the Vietnam War the Time Travelers Struggled to Understand the Mindless Aggression of the Human Race. They Must Decide Whether This Insane Earth Species Can Be Allowed to Live or Must Die. by Robert Leader (Paperback / softback, 2013)
From high above Vietnam the Marregh/Riken continue to observe the Buddhist Rebellion which finally brings down the government of President Ngo Dinh Diem. Two new mind-melts are sanctioned for the second tri-mind in the observation capsule, with the gentle monk Huong Lin Van, and with Mary Francis, the idealistic young volunteer nurse. The English girl and the monk are drawn together in what can only be a purely platonic friendship. Then Lin Van is injured in a bloody riot, rescued by Mary, and inadvertently breaks his vows by spending the night unconscious in her apartment. He sees fire suicide as his only means of atonement, until an older monk persuades him that his real duty is to toll the bell as their monastery is stormed by Diem's forces. The tolling of the great pagoda bell alerts the world to what is happening to the Buddhists in Vietnam. The Time watchers are appalled by the senseless savagery of the war and all of the corruption they have witnessed. However, they can also see hope in the selfless motives of the monk and the nurse. It leaves them still undecided on the issue of whether the human race should be preserved or destroyed. Then a second Marregh Timeship appears with dreadful news. In ather galaxy an Earth-like species has detected and attacked the peaceful observers, forcing a terminal response. A precedent has been set and w both Timeships echo with an urgent clamour for humanity to be erased.