Fields of Fire
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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.
From the Paperback edition.
If anyone has ever served in the combat arms of the Marine Corps - more specifically the infantry for a lengthy period of time...this book will absolutely make sense to you. You have a young "boot" LT who links up with a seemingly endlessly experience squad leader in Vietnam...how they meet is by pure coincidence and it goes from there...the character development is amazing...and if you've ever been in combat this book definately captures alot of the emotion and heart that can be associated with it. Must read!
This is an excellent account, and well written as well. A 3rd person narrative, it deals with the moral issues of the war, both on the ground in Vietnam Nam and in the protest movement, the practical experience of combat, and the personal experience of a survivor. No easy judgments, a very credible reflection on the ambiguities of Viet Nam and war in general.
I was not there but it almost feels like I was.
- Category: Historical
- Published: Aug 28, 2001
- Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
- Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
- Print Length: 496 Pages
- Language: English