They each had their reasons for being a soldier. They each had their illusions. Goodrich came from Harvard. Snake got the tattoo - Death Before Dishonor - before he got the uniform. And Hodges was haunted by the ghosts of family heroes. They were three young men from different worlds plunged into a white-hot, murderous realm of jungle warfare as it was fought by one Marine platoon in the An Hoa Basin, 1969. They had no way of knowing what awaited them. Nothing could have prepared them for the madness to come. And in the heat and horror of battle they took on new identities, took on each other, and were each reborn in fields of fire....
Fields of Fire is James Webb's classic, searing novel of the Vietnam War, a novel of poetic power, razor-sharp observation, and agonizing human truths seen through the prism of nonstop combat. Weaving together a cast of vivid characters, Fields of Fire captures the journey of unformed men through a man-made hell - until each man finds his fate.
©1978 James Webb (P)2013 Tantor
"In my opinion the finest of the Vietnam novels." (Tom Wolfe)
Awesome, real read
Senator. Drastically unchanged yet irreparably broken Forever innocent and wounded.
Hodges comes thru as true to the story line
Yes but never can because it is too close
As a Marine vet that has walked the same dirt and known all the characters from boot camp to the hills of I Corps,I feel a special bond with Mr. Webb and his book. I find it a very actual recount of a terrible time I will never forget or recover from.
This is an outstanding book and this performance and story are wonderful. webs epic story of Marines in Vietnam lives in this presentation; highly recommended.
At times it was difficult to follow, until you understood the pattern the author used. The horrors of Nam were painful. The narrator was excellent. A voice you could listen to.
Short of a rewrite nothing would make it better.
Yes,yes, and yes
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