A Novel of the Vietnam War

Book - 2010
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Lieutenant Waino Mellas and his fellow Marines venture into the mountain jungle of Vietnam as boys and fight their way into manhood, confronting external obstacles as well as racial tension, competing ambitions, and underhanded officers.
Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : El León Literary Arts ; New York : Atlantic Monthly Press ; [Berkeley, Calif.] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780802119285
Branch Call Number: MAR
Characteristics: 598 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm


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Mar 15, 2018

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Jun 09, 2016

Excellent look into the world of men and military politics. A great read

Feb 03, 2015

I'm not much of a military history reader, neither fiction nor non-fiction. However, I was gripped by this book. The author takes you right there, to the jungle of Vietnam, and gives you the perspective of troops on the ground. He explores both politics and race as it pertained to the war and the times, really gives you a sense of the humanity of the troops. This is a long book, but it certainly didn't feel like it.

Nov 05, 2014

This book puts you right into the jungle during the Vietnam War, where you experience the horrific conditions and emotions of a company of Marines as they survive from one day to the next. The characters are surprising and interesting and the plot is compelling. This is a must read for anyone who is interested in war fiction but can also be enjoyed as a human interest story. There is a fair bit of military jargon in the book but it doesn't take long to get used to it and there is a glossary provided for words you want to look up. I hardly needed the glossary after the first couple of chapters. This book was written by a highly decorated marine and I frequently wished I could talk to him throughout my reading of the book to find out where the line between fact and fiction was drawn.

Jun 18, 2014

Like the war itself, this Vietnam novel can be a little bit of slog, coming in at over 500 pages. Written over several decades by a Vietnam vet, "Matterhorn" is reminiscent of Jones's "The Thin Red Lines," as almost all of its action takes place on the battlefield or while waiting for a battle. You might also want to check out Denis Johnson's "Tree of Smoke," a slightly more hallucinatory take on Vietnam.

May 04, 2014

The best book I have ever read on this subject.

I am a Vietnam Era Veteran....

KCLSLibsRecommend Apr 07, 2014

This is one of those novels that takes off immediately and never lets you go, even after you have finished reading it, even when you want to stop thinking about it, this one holds on. It’s 1969 and it’s the Marine Corp’s Bravo Company that the story follows. Well written, heart breaking, and still relevant today this one is not to be missed.

Aug 03, 2013

Probably the best novel of the Vietnam war I've read since " The 13th Valley" by John M. Delvecchio.

Jul 14, 2013

I felt like I was serving with Bravo Company! An insider's story of the grim conditions suffered by those who served in Vietnam.

Oct 23, 2012

Blew me away! I was in college during this era, and the few guys I met who had been to Nam never talked about it. I had no idea what it was really like. I felt like this book let me in on what it was like for all of those guys who dealt with the most horrifying situations in the best way they could, then had to go home and pretend everything was fine. We were in the military toward the end of the era, and many of the terms took me back to the time I spent on an army post. There's a glossary for those not so familiar with the jargon.

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May 12, 2010

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