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Cherries: A Vietnam War Novel | [John Podlaski]

Cherries: A Vietnam War Novel

When a soldier leaves for war, those left behind often wonder what their loved ones are experiencing. Letters home are always cheerful and vague - no sense in worrying the family. Then upon returning home, these young soldiers do not want to talk about their experiences. Family and friends allege they are now distant, changed, and not the same person they remember from several months earlier. What causes this? Although the backdrop for this novel is the Vietnam War, "cherries" exist in every war.
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When a soldier leaves for war, those left behind often wonder what their loved ones are experiencing. Letters home are always cheerful and vague - no sense in worrying the family. Then upon returning home, these young soldiers do not want to talk about their experiences. Family and friends allege they are now distant, changed, and not the same person they remember from several months earlier. What causes this?

Although the backdrop for this novel is the Vietnam War, "cherries" exist in every war. They are the young "newbie" soldiers, who are trained for war. However, most are not ready to absorb the harsh physical, mental, and emotional stress of war. Once they come under fire and witness death firsthand, a life-changing transition begins. This eye-opening account offers listeners an in-depth look into the everyday struggles of these young infantry soldiers. You'll feel their fear, awe, drama, and sorrow, witness the bravery and sometimes laugh at their humor.

No two war experiences are the same, but after finishing Cherries - A Vietnam War Novel, readers will have a much better understanding as to why these changes occur and why our military heroes are different upon their return home. Veterans will relate!

©2010 John Podlaski (P)2012 John Podlaski

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    Jude Rochester, MN, United States 01-31-13
    Jude Rochester, MN, United States 01-31-13 Member Since 2012
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    What made the experience of listening to Cherries the most enjoyable?

    The factual background


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course John, but also each of his friends


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, after I got into it.


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks for the excellent narration.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    LARRY Harrisburg, NC, United States 11-04-12
    LARRY Harrisburg, NC, United States 11-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "The story is immature and very unrealistic."
    What would have made Cherries better?

    You would have to rewrite it


    Has Cherries turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Sutherland’s performances?

    No


    What character would you cut from Cherries?

    They all lack depth and emotion.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was like a comic book from the 60s. The dialog was not realistic and it's obvious the author did not serve in a rifle company in any conflict zone.

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    Michael Jupiter, FL, United States 05-09-13
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    Just don't bother. It is a horrible read, listen, story...wow. What a turd. I've read almost everything on Vietnam, WW2 and Iraq/Afghanistan, and FINALLY thought "WTH", I'll try it. Nope. Nope. Nope. Its worse than a 6th grade book on Vietnam, if you took out the profanity and such, it would be written for a 10 year old. Uhghh,,,Hope I can get a credit back.

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