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Publisher's Summary

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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  • Jim
  • Jacksonville, Florida, United States
  • 06-26-16

Vets of the Nam will understand...

Not real crazy about the musical fanfare starting each chapter l, nor the Oriental music ending them. it took away from the story line and was distracting. Other than that, the story was excellent. It conveyed the deep anguish over the loss or wounding of soldiers by their "brothers" quite accurately.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Awesome production value!

Great novel, written by a vet who was there. If you liked Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes, you will love this book.

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  • Jude
  • Rochester, MN, United States
  • 01-31-13

Are there any "kids" like that today?

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.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • LARRY
  • Harrisburg, NC, United States
  • 11-04-12

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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Well done....

Written without a single curse word. A basic journal of a grunts Vietnam story. A good story through departure from the 25th Infantry Division to reassignment with the 101st. At this point the story becomes exceptionally good....a great read. I served with the Royal Thai Army Black Panther Infantry Division at Bearcat, east of Saigon. Seeing the American war for an infantry soldier showed me who was doing the serious work.

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  • Michael
  • Jupiter, FL, United States
  • 05-09-13

What a waste

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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  • peter brazel
  • 01-12-16

Awesome Vietnam War novel

loved it, as I only a bub, at that stage, but served my Nation from 1979 till 1993, war is hell, but Vietnam was the forgotten war. In my eye's they are all heroes , war is hell and you never really escape it's clutches.
I served with yanks great men , brought back some old memories back, as fictional character John is the best.
I enjoyed the Narrator Mr Michael Sutherland , Awesome effort to bring the story across, congrats,
I decided to listen to this novel twice, as its awesome read, , congrats 10 out of 10, cheers