No matter where you go... there you are!
By accident I downloaded only the first two parts of this three part book. After completing part two, I assumed the book was done and did not suspect anything unusual for another month. When I discovered my error, I downloaded part 3, listened to it, and decided I liked the book better when it ended at part two!
Having lived through the era of this "police action," the book presented some pretty accurate accounts. However, the story becomes a bit improbable as it neared the end. It was just an OK read.
I've read many Vietnam War based books. My favorite is "Low Level Hell." It is a true story centered on the crazy pilots of the light observation helicopters and the insane missions they flew.
An extremely good narrator, a carefully carved story. This is the best book I've read in months.
No heroes, no foes, just people.
I refuse to believe this is Mr Marlantes first book, but searches turned up nothing else. Great prose and character development all lead to an awesome story. As a retired Marine, the authenticity of the characters reminded me of Marines I've served with. The narration is as good as any I've heard so far. Well worth the buy.
This is one of those great audio books that you cannot stop listening to. It was the first novel I had read that discussed the ambition of the officers and drive for medals laced into the character. It made the characters very real. Also a terrific perspective on racial tensions in the 1960's. If the author ever reads this, I thought the ending was rushed. However, I was left wanting to continue the story. Excellent novel if you like "guy" war novels.
An outstanding novel. When I finished it I listened again.
This is the best audio book I have ever listened to. It is simply real; no super heros, no bad guys, just average men coping with ultimate stress (death, discomfort, fear, fatigue, starvation, racism, hate etc.) Some rise to the challenge and humble us. Others do not do as well. Real life set in an unreal situation. I wished we could all be Lt. Melis and Hawk.
This is one great book you won't regret reading or ever forget. The writing is first class and the narration brings each character to life. Don't miss this.
to me war novels should have at least some action. this book is all talk, talk, talk. i had to force myself to keep listening, hoping something would actually happen; not just referring to something happening.
it is mostly the politics of military life.
Being a ex-military officer myself, and an african american one, I thought that this book would shed some light on some positive leadership skills but some things never change: Heres a summary, white soldiers and officers good, black soldiers, bad, were there no minority officers in Vietnam. I guess they all got eaten by tigers. I wont listen to or read anything from this officer and I will make sure none of my fellow Veterans read this crap either.
I was in the Army at this time and the book brought back many memories of those times. Great reading for not just us who served but anyone interested in the history of the Viet Nam war.