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Free-Fire Zone (Vietnam #3)

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Four best friends. Four ways to serve their country.
Morris, Rudi, Ivan, and Beck are best friends for life. So when one of the teens is drafted into the Vietnam War, the others sign up, too. Although they each serve in a different branch, they are fighting the war together -- and they promise to do all they can to come home together.
Rudi is perhaps the most concerned abo
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published November 1st 2012 by Scholastic Inc.
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Sharon Looby
Oct 22, 2012 Sharon Looby rated it it was amazing
The 3rd book in the Vietnam series. This book is in the voice of Rudi who is in the Marines stationed over in Vietnam. Rudi looked at himself in two ways - failure and that didn't count. If he passed a quiz, it was because the quiz was too easy, so it didn't count. If he pitched a penny closer to the wall than anybody else, then he must have stepped over the line or the wall moved or wahtever so that didn't count. It was during his school years that 3 boys came to his rescue and together, they f ...more
Hunter Bradshaw
The book Vietnam: Free Fire Zone is the third book in the series and was written by Chris lynch. This series is about a group of four friends who have grown up together and eventually all go into the armed forces . The only catch is that they aren't there to have each other's backs anymore and are all in different branches. Rudi the main character of this book is portrayed as a puny person who always fails, until he is drafted into the marines that is . Throughout the book Rudi develops immensel ...more
Daniel Hill
Apr 17, 2015 Daniel Hill rated it really liked it
Vietnam: Free-Fire Zone is the third book in the Vietnam book series by Chris Lynch, the first book was I Pledge Allegiance and the second book is Sharpshooter. This series consist of a group friends that have had each backs since elementary school. This story is about the weakest link in the group friends and his name Rudi who is drafted to the United States Marine Corp (USMC). Eventually, Rudi realizes that he is a great soldier and feels like he belongs their because he fits in. Most of Rudi ...more
Apr 26, 2014 Derek rated it it was amazing
This book is about a main character called Rudi who growing up always had his friends to cover his back. Now he is in the marines and is basically facing a whole new world on his own with no one to have his back. He ends up being a lieutenant because as a marine he always followed orders which his military leaders loved. When he is in Vietnam he experiences a whole new lifestyle witnessing how the people lived a survived during a time of very harsh war.

Eventually when Rudi goes into actual live
Donovan, R
Mar 06, 2014 Donovan, R rated it it was amazing
The book Free Fire Zone by Chris Lynch is the third book of Vietnam series. In the first book four friends make a pact that if one of them gets drafted then they will all volunteer for the war in Vietnam. Then Rudi, the main character in the book Free Fire Zone gets drafted to the Marine Corps and goes to Vietnam. When he is in Vietnam he goes on serious missions and some missions that are not that important like delivering candy to a village. Rudi also talks about life during the war and how ho ...more
Spencer G
Mar 03, 2015 Spencer G rated it it was amazing

The book “Vietnam: Free-Fire Zone” by Chris Lynch is about four friends who are in the Vietnam War. They write letters to communicate because each of the friends are in a different branch of the army. When they run across a handle in the middle of a field they are all amazed. It is underground tunnels the old army used to travel, to hide in, and plan surprise attacks. Rudi goes in the tunnels to investigate. What will he find down there? He gets hit on the back of the head with a stick. When he
Alvaro Sanz
I had read and really enjoyed this book. The author wrote so well, that when you are reading, it's like if you where in the place he is decribing.
Four best friends. Four ways to serve their country. Morris, Rudi, Ivan, and Beck are best friends for life. So when one of the teens is drafted into the Vietnam War, the others sign up, too. Although they each serve in a different branch, they are fighting the war together and they promise to do all they can to come home together. Rudi is perhaps t
Jacob Alkire
Sep 18, 2015 Jacob Alkire rated it really liked it
Vietnam Free-Fire Zone
Chris Lynch
This book is amazing because all 4 of the books in the Vietnam series are about a group of 4 friends that all went into the military. They all are put into different branches of the military. This one with Rudi one of the friends is by far my favorite.
This book on Rudi was good because in the beginning Rudi was scared, yet at the end he became brave. The part that shows this is in the start when Rudi was shy and he got beat up, at the end while in a free fire zon
Seth Bickford
May 22, 2014 Seth Bickford rated it it was amazing
This book is all about the character Rudi because in each series of the books each of the four characters lives are talked about in the book, but this time its Rudi and its about the marine corps and what its like being in the marine from Rudies point of view.

My opinion about this book is that it was great just like the last two books I think its very interesting what happens in the story because marine type books are what im looking for and whaat I like. In my opinion my favorite character woul
Sean Ross
Apr 23, 2015 Sean Ross rated it it was amazing
I found the book Vietnam book #3 free fire zone a first person journey as one out of four friends, the one everyone thought was as good as dead found his love and passion in life. Fights within his peers and with commanding officers rip through Rudi’s life as he tries to be the best marine he can. While tension grows in his once peaceful and lazy squad he must try to follow orders no matter how bad. Through traumatizing experiences Rudi becomes a better and better soldier venturing into the unkn ...more
Jan 22, 2014 Moe rated it really liked it
Shelves: 8th-grade
Free Fire Zone had an interesting plot. It was neat to see Rudi, the main character, first start out as a nobody. And then have the war affect the way he looks at life, making him stronger physically and mentally. He had supportive friends that helped him through the realization of being drafted to the army. I think that this book showed that something that you once were afraid of can actually turn out to be something you actually like. I think the reason the author wrote the book was to show th ...more
May 18, 2016 Walker rated it liked it
In the exposition it begins like the first and second book in this series. Ivan, Beck, Rudi, and Morris are introduced to us as lifelong friends that always have each other's backs. They make "pledges" to each other about many things from girls to weekly hangouts at a hill overlooking Boston. It seemed like a exaggerated promise to most people but to them it was more of a law than a pledge. When they made the pledge to all go into the Vietnam War if one of them got drafted they
Brandon Wise
May 22, 2015 Brandon Wise rated it really liked it
This book was written so well I found it hard to put down. I love how he explains every character in the story. I like how the book switches between characters to show all sides of the story which can be confusing but once you get to the end it all made sense. I like how he explains the bonds between all four of them and their backgrounds. This book isn't about all the facts but it's still makes some good points. The ending is pretty sad. I don't know how I would handle it knowing I did that to ...more
Caiden Goodman
Mar 15, 2016 Caiden Goodman rated it liked it
This book is about Rudi which was a small kid as he was growing up, and was always getting beat up by people. Then there came a group of friends that were Ivan, Beck, and Morris. Them and Rudi always stuck together no matter what. Rudi gets drafted into the marine corps. All his other friends Ivan, Beck, and Morris enlisted in the military after Rudi was drafted. Rudi at first was scared of being drafted in the marines because he did not think he would fit there very well. He was not the biggest ...more
Ms. Yingling
Jan 14, 2013 Ms. Yingling rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
After Rudi reluctantly joins the Marines, he finds that he enjoys military life more than he imagined. He loves to follow orders and please his superiors, and he's even more excited when his unit sees some active combat and he gets to kill a Vietnamese soldier. He takes a group of marines to retrieve care packages, and ends up doing a lot of fighting. When his leg is gravely injured in an attack on a village, he ends up in the hospital and could go home, but chooses to stay. When an unpleasant o ...more
ACS Book-finder
Nov 28, 2012 ACS Book-finder rated it really liked it
This is the third in a series about a young marine in Vietnam. The setting of book three is toward the middle and end of the war.

Rudi is a marine who thrives on the adventure and “belonging” he finds as part of the Marines. He has to deal with many difficult situations but finds security in submitting to his superiors. Through his experiences in Vietnam he grows and conquers many fears.

Vietnam is a well written book giving the reader a view of some of what a Marine faced during the war. The boo
Suzanne Dix
Rudi is a Marine stationed in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. He and his three best friends from Boston made a pact that if one of them was drafted, they would all join the military in solidarity. While Rudi struggled in school, he finds that he is very good at being a soldier. He can follow orders well and for the first time in his life he really feels as if he fits. The soldiers face many difficult and terrifying skirmishes against the Vietcong all the while trying to understand if they ...more
Adam A.
Dec 12, 2012 Adam A. rated it it was amazing
Free-Fire Zone by Chris Lynch was an amazing continuation of the series of Vietnam books already made. Rudi starts off by getting drafted into the marines and is finding it easy to understand what is going on and how to do it right. He was in his second year of high school until he was drafted into the marines. Upon arriving he meets his Lieutenant, Lieutenant Jupp and as soon as he saw Rudi he called him Cabbage. He then meets Squid, Gillespie, Hunter, and Marquette that will eventually be his ...more
Tristen Bruns
Dec 16, 2013 Tristen Bruns rated it it was amazing

The author of the book I read is Chris lynch. The book wasThe third book. The mans name in the book was rudi. He was shipped of and all his friends were going with him but all diffent parts of the war.He was scared he did not like want in the war. He know he was not brave like beck and not risky like Ivan and not dependable like Morris .
He told his team mates in the mairns that he was not going to shoot anyone. The first mission that they where to go on is road patrol. They are are frit
Nov 15, 2013 Christophers rated it really liked it
Vietnam Book three: Free Fire Zone

This book highlights the importance and the downfalls to the theory of free fire zones, an idea of there being a place where you could shoot anything that moves, and the stuff that looks like it would, which in Vietnam is just about every living thing. All while continuing with the story of 4 friends, who went to Vietnam to serve their country, but Vietnam is not the war that they thought it would be, instead of clear cut front lines and implausibly brave war h
Apr 26, 2015 Dylan rated it really liked it
Vietnam Free fire zone is about one of four friends drafted into the Vietnam war, in this book it is Rudi. He is one of the friends who is actually liking the war and interested in it, not a soldier just trying to make it through the war alive. He is well liked among his officers and turns out to be a good soldier. the war scenes were described very well and detailed and sound more realistic than any other war book. Overall i think this is a very good book and very worth reading
May 22, 2015 Fernando rated it it was amazing
This story follows a Marine through his first tour in Vietnam. The war is going on and Rudi (the main character) is learning to become a good Marine. The book is very good and is a fun read. It's fiction, but may accurately portray what some one in that war went through because it gives details of the bunks and jungle that describes the setting of the actual Vietnam war. I recommend it to everybody. Both adults and children will find something to like in this book.
Manuel Ramirez
Oct 01, 2015 Manuel Ramirez rated it really liked it
I thought this book was really fun. I think it is great to be able to see the other characters point of view on what is happening. I think of the story as each character is fighting their own war. It was a really fun book to read it had a lot of action and some very interesting moments. I kept reading till I reached the last and final chapter waiting to see what was next. I will continue to read this book series and see what is next in the story.
Weston Graham
Mar 03, 2015 Weston Graham rated it really liked it
Rudi has been drafted by the USMC to go off and fight in Vietnam. Ever since fourth grade Rudi has been relying heavily on his friends, but now he's going to a place that his friends can't help him: Vietnam. Even thought he was the most fearful of Vietnam, he makes a great solder. Even thought his squad may not be the sharpest, Rudi is always ready. He now lives by a simple code: Follow orders.

What I really liked about the story is the fact that Rudi is in the USMC in which a lot of action ta
May 10, 2013 Carson rated it really liked it
Free Fire Zone
Chris Lynch

I read the book Free-Fire Zone. This historical fiction book is about a young man named Rudi who was drafted into the Marines in 1968. In this book, you will get to know what the life of a Marine was like during the Vietnam War. You will learn about the types of missions the Marines would go on, for example search and destroy missions. Also, you will find out what it was like being in a fire fight. The book provided detailed descriptions about the types weapones tha
Dec 04, 2013 Patrick rated it really liked it
p.5 "I'm kind of legend here in the south."
p.44 "Do you know what I mean? You know what I mean. I don't know if Morris would know what I mean and I am surely sure Beck wouldn't know what I mean but I think you know what I mean."

The third novel in the series focuses upon Rudi. Rudi's voice begins with a flourish at the opening of the story. The letter which Rudi writes also captures the better qualities of his voice. Rudi is disconnected from his past, which allows him to grow into his new role.
May 09, 2013 121jake rated it really liked it
Free Fire Zone is the third book of the Vietnam series. This book was a really good sequal, and I think it is the best one I have read yet. This book would appeal to young teens that are interested in addventure and war, of course.

Free Fire Zone is in Rudi's point of view of the war. Rudi is the oldest of the four best friends, Ivan, Beck, and Morris, but he is always the one picked on and lauged at. Rudi doesn't think of himself as a good soilder or really he doesn't think he is good aat anythi
Apr 12, 2016 Lea rated it liked it
Another in Chris Lynch's Vietnam series, Free-Fire Zone follows the story of Rudy as the Marine's transform him from the lovable loser of his group into a focused, fighting machine. The development of this character is a compelling read, and to get into the head of a young soldier in Vietnam is, at times, unsettling. Good read for 12+, male, reluctant readers.
May 12, 2016 JD rated it it was amazing
This is the third book in the series and its about Rudi the dumb friend in the group. When he joins the marines he found out he was a dang good marine. This a great book and i suggest it to people who want to find out about about the story of friends or just want a good book
Dec 19, 2012 Susan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, primary, fiction
The third book in the Vietnam series by Chris Lynch is even better than the first two. The third book follows, Rudi who joined the Marines and is stationed in Vietnam. Rudi had always been the slow one, the one everyone teased and kidded. All of a sudden Rudi feels like he is now a part of something, something bigger than himself. And he likes the feeling. He's determined to stay in the Marines and never go home. He thinks that Ivan will be proud of him. Follow Rudi as he gets his first confirme ...more
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Chris Lynch is the Printz Honor Award-winning author of several highly acclaimed young adult novels, including KILL SWITCH, ANGRY YOUNG MAN, and INEXCUSABLE, which was a National Book Award finalist and the recipient of six starred reviews. He is also the author of FREEWILL, GOLD DUST, ICEMAN, GYPSY DAVY, and SHADOWBOXER, all ALA Best Books for Young Adults; EXTREME ELVIN WHITECHURCH, and ALL THE ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Vietnam (5 books)
  • I Pledge Allegiance (Vietnam, #1)
  • Sharpshooter (Vietnam, #2)
  • Casualties of War (Vietnam, #4)
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