FIRE IN THE RAIN, a collection of eleven short stories, interweaves fascinating Vietnamese folk tales with historical events of Vietnam. In 2013, a chance encounter in Little Saigon between Lt. Toan, a former officer of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam, and fellow Vietnam veteran Cpl. Brad Miller sparks a sojourn into the past. Beginning with two legendary sisters in the year 42 A.D., the stories continue through key points of Vietnamese struggles against the Han Chinese, Mongols, Ming, French and communism, culminating in visions of a futuristic democracy in Vietnam.
Tuan Cao-Dac arrived in the United States in 1975 as a refugee fleeing communism. He received a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering and a law degree. He has taught computer engineering and computer science at a state university. He is now an attorney practicing intellectual property law. He lives with his family in Orange County, Southern California.