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Sharpshooter (Vietnam #2)

4.25  ·  Rating Details  ·  447 Ratings  ·  78 Reviews
Some things are worth fighting for. Of all his friends, Ivan is the only one looking forward to war. That's because Ivan has never backed down from a fight--especially when it comes to fighting for what's right. He has protected his friends from bullies for years. And now, as war erupts in Vietnam, Ivan wants nothing more than to fight for his country, just as his father d ...more
ebook, 192 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Scholastic Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Ivan and his friends make a pack that if one of them gets called up to Vietnam they will all enlist. A four part series, each detailing the experience of one of the teens. Even though it is about war it is not overtly violent. Can be read as a stand alone in the series.

Morris- Navy
Ivan- Army
Rudi- Marines
Beck- Air Force

Ivan is a Catholic Native American
Ms. Yingling
Apr 13, 2012 Ms. Yingling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In I Pledge Allegiance, we meet four friends growing up at the height of the Vietnam conflict. Rudi is the first to get a draft notice, and is visibly upset. Morris is resigned to going, Beck wants to keep his hair long until the very last minute, but Ivan is gung-ho. His father fought with Patton in WWII, and as long as the fight is a good fight (and any fight for your country falls into that category), it's okay. Sent on a ship to Vietnam, Ivan is trained to be a sniper, and tries to do the be ...more
Nov 30, 2013 Patrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second novel in the four part series follows Ivan through his induction into the Army, along with his partial tour in Vietnam. The story is anchored by the scene wherein Rudi is served his draft notice in Boston. Four young men enjoy the end of their childhood while they look out over the skyline of Bean Town. We learn about the same scene in the first installment of the series, but this time we are told the 'Rudi is drafted scene' from a different perspective, Ivan's.

The novels are able to
Jan 03, 2014 Moe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 8th-grade
This book was in a pack of five. I picked this one up first because of the awesome sniper graphic. I didn't expect it to be that good, coming from scholastic and all, but it actually was quite ok. I wish it had more fighting going on, because it was more of a drama than anything. I can't imagine what it would be like to have go-army parents that expect their children to join as soon as they can. I believe I wouldn't be able to enjoy myself knowing I will be shipped off to a foreign country into ...more
Nathan E. 8 Rdg
Oct 30, 2013 Nathan E. 8 Rdg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book was very detailed in the battles and fight scenes. It almost felt as if I were right beside Rudi. My favorite part was when Rudi bayoneted his first Vietnamese soldier. It went into very deep detail on how he felt sorry for the guy. In this book I learned more about the violence and the different conditions for the soldiers. I would highly recommend this book to people interested in learning about American History. I would rate this book 3 stars because it was a great read, although you ...more
Nov 21, 2015 Luisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: older-teens
Vietnam: Sharpshooter by Lynch - This second book in the series is told from the point of view of Ivan, the hothead. The book opens developing the character of Ivan more fully often through his relationship with Rudi, Morris and Beck, the three friends who decided to go to Vietnam together but in separate branches. Ivan is an Army sharpshooter while Morris is in the Navy, Beck the Air Force and Rudi the Marines. Ivan is part Native American and comes from a military family with a father who was ...more
4Fisher R
Ivan, the main character of the book comes to a reality check in Vietnam when the heroic stories he heard of war from his father growing up didn’t exactly pan out the way he had imagined. Ivan grew up with a father who fought in World War II so as one might imagine he had war and fighting pulsing throughout his veins. He was never one to back down from a fight and knew one thing for sure which was he “wants to go to Vietnam” (Pg.14) and that he “should go”. He wanted nothing more than to experi ...more
Nov 24, 2014 Ethan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sharpshooter (Vietnam #2) is a historic fiction. Based in the middle of the Vietnam war. Were four high school best friends Ivan, Morris, Beck, Rudi agree to go to fight in the raging war of Vietnam after one of them are drafted into it. This series tells the story in prospective of all the friends. Sharpshooter is based on Ivan's perspective. This Moxie loving boy, son of a WW2 hero, loves the fact that he is joining the fight. He is so confident that he is ready for the war. Ivan enrolls into ...more
internat librarian
This is an exciting, violent, “Fight the Right Fight” adrenaline rush, for those who can push past the intro. “Fight the Right Fight” isn’t my phrase, by the way. It’s stamped in military font across the back cover.

Sharpshooter is Book 2 in a four-part series. Each volume focuses on one of four high school friends in Boston in the late 1960s. It’s best to read the series in sequence, to avoid any spoilers, but it was easy to understand the context from this book only.

The series seems marketed
Dylan B.
Sharpshooter is a good book for kids who like war. This book is about four best friends during Vietnam. Ivan is the only one looking forward to war. Ivan is great at shooting at far ranges. When he gets to Vietnam he gets the opposite of what he expects. While he is there he thinks he is in the army but he travels around on a boat. When Ivan is over in Vietnam he doesn’t feel like a hero like he thought he would. Ivan wants to be like his father but he can’t because he doesn’t feel right over th ...more
Donovan, R
Jan 16, 2014 Donovan, R rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book Sharpshooter by Chris Lynch is a book about four really good friends Rudi, Ivan, Morris and Beck who have known each other since they could remember. They have always made small pacts. Then, they make one pact that makes the other pacts look like small potatoes. When the Vietnam War starts and people start getting drafted they make a pact that says”If any of us gets drafted then we will all join the war.” (Lynch, page 4) Then Rudi gets drafted, so they all volunteer to fight in the war ...more
Weston Graham
Sep 03, 2014 Weston Graham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is an action packed book about a guy named Ivan whose friend Rudi was drafted for the Military. So his other friends and him joined the Military to fight in the Vietnam War. Ivan was put into the U.S. army, and is a sniper. But Vietnam was not the war he was expecting. After the firefights and battles Ivan is forced to face what he is really fighting for.

I really loved this book, sometimes you find a really good book that has the perfect amount of action and adventure and you can't take
T Behme
Dec 15, 2014 T Behme rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wjhs, fiction, war
Vietnam, by Chris Lynch is a outstanding book, that helps you image what's going on with great detail on every single thing that happens through out the book. I give this book four stars, due to the chapters being confusing. The books chapters were numbered and all, but after about four chapters it says part two. This is a fictional book, that is very detailed, and is well made. Vietnam has many twists, turns, and cliff hangers that made me want to read longer. Vietnam, overall should get five ...more
Sam Harrison
Mar 13, 2015 Sam Harrison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I throughly enjoyed this story. It is about four friends and each of their adventures in their respective military branch. I had read the first one a year ago but just started reading this and. I found it was a pretty entertaining story. Vietnam was a pretty cool & crazy war. The main character is Ivan an Army Sniper. It talks about his fathers military background and his love for fighting and lust for killing. It is worth reading.

If you're into the Vietnam war I'd give this a shot.

Btw I wa
Jan 13, 2015 Dylan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Book Sharpshooter by Chris Lynch is a very realistic novel about the Vietnam war. The main character, Ivan, is the only one out of his three other friends who has never backed out of a fight. Ivan has strong beliefs on fighting in the Vietnam war for not only fighting for his country but also to follow in his fathers footsteps. Ivan is an army sniper who is very good at what he does but he soon realizes his thoughts about the war were completely wrong and finds himself questioning why he's r ...more
Jeff Barber
Apr 04, 2013 Jeff Barber rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
I did enjoy this book, short as it was. Enough that I have already started the next in the series.
Each book in this four part series follows one of a tight-knit group of four friends, Morris, Ivan, Rudie, and Beck. This, book 2, sees Ivan (the tough guy of the group) leaping into the Vietnam war with gusto. The son of a WWII hero, and descendant of many other historical warriors, Ivan feels like he is built for war, and is actually happy to get a chance to kill some enemies for God and country.
Javi Jimenez
Javier Jimenez
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By Chris Lynch
This book is about a guy named Ivan. Ivan’s dream was to be a sniper guy in the army since he was small. Ivan’s dad is retired army guy. His dad had taught Ivan many things about the war and how it feels to shoot their enemies. Ivan’s dream seemed to be very far from becoming real. Until Ivan’s dad had signed up Ivan up for a sniper training. Without Ivan knowing. there were army scouts to scout the best snipers out there. After a few months, Iv
May 08, 2013 121jake rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was really good. I enjoyed it and finished it in six days, so it is not avery long book. I reccomend this book for people who like adventure books and war books.

The book Sharpshooter is the sequal to the first book I Pledge Allegience. There are four main characters in this story. Morris, Beck, Rudi, and tough guy Ivan. Ivan is the main character in this book. He is the son of a WWII war hero, so he has a lot expected of him. Ivan goes into the Marines while his friends go into differe
Ethan Chum
Nov 01, 2015 Ethan Chum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just read the book Sharpshooter and I liked it.The plot was ok,it's built on the premise of we are American it's our to "duty" to go to war if our country needs us.The thing I liked is the perspective that the story is told.The book is told like a journal of someone's thoughts.You also feel as if your the character and this is your war and life.The character development was good,the character started off a bit irritating but soon matured and saw what it's really like to go to war.To see the ho ...more
Manuel Ramirez
Sep 17, 2015 Manuel Ramirez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a really good book. It had some very interesting parts. Once I started to read I couldn't stop reading I just got sucked into the story and read chapter after chapter. I liked how it was about a bunch of teenagers going to war to fight. Then war is different from what they had thought it was. I continue this series of books to see the other sides of the the teens. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a good story.
I started reading this series to suggest books to my students in my Vietnam Era course. As an adult, the reading was too basic and simplistic for my taste. However, I would recommend a student who struggles with reading choose this series for a book study. The author does a great job packing in many important historical facts about the Vietnam Conflict. It had educational value and may be a book a high schooler who does not enjoy reading may very well pick up and finish.
Touches on the life of a
Jan 14, 2015 Cody rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was a great read for many reasons. The first reason is how the book grabs you and it gives you the sense you are actually in the book with them feeling what they are seeing what they are. It is just a grabbing book and a great read for anyone. Especially with you like to read about people in war. It is a captivating book and a good plot. So all together this book is a great read.
Isaac Eifert
May 15, 2015 Isaac Eifert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Growing up in America, 4 boys wanted to go the war in Vietnam. But then the boys all work in different branches in the army. So they pledged to each other that they would watch over each other in the different branches that they operated in. Then the boys realize that the war was not what they had expected it to be like.
Jun 07, 2014 Dvritreader rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the exciting sequel to I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE.Ivan Bucyk has joined the Army.Just like his dad,a former Captain.Except his dad was in WW2 and this is VIETNAM,and boy are they a whole lot different.Ivan becomes a sniper,and gains the rank of Corporal.Can he survive?
Nov 18, 2013 Carson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chris Lynch
Historical Fiction
192 pages

I read the book Sharpshooter. In this book four friends named Ivan, Rudi, Morris, and Beck are living in the 60s when the Vietnam War was occuring. They all made a pledge that if one gets drafted the others will join. Then one day when they were hanging out on the hill overlooking the city Rudi came up and yelled that I had been drafted. We all went to the recruiting center and signed up. Ivan was put on the river boat force and was there through
Cole B
Dec 14, 2012 Cole B rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chris Lynch
Historical Fiction
192 pages

I read the book Sharpshooter. In this book four friends named Ivan, Rudi, Morris, and Beck are living in the 60s when the Vietnam War was occuring. EAch friend promised each other if one got drafted the other will join them. Ivan one of the friends comes from a long-standing military family and is eager to join the fighting.Unfortunately, one of my men fell for the trap; he was shot right in the chest. My favorite part of this book is when their
Zachary Palmer
There I was all alone just me and my semiauto rifle sitting alone at the top of a market waiting for the perfect shot. Then here comes a man with a ski mask on and a white tangtop running acrose the street into the barber shop waiting for my men to come and chase them. Unfortunately, one of my men fell for the trap; he was shot right in the chest.My favorite part of this book is when their squad is taking heavy fire from choppers 100 feet away.

What I didn't like about the book is that their wa
Seth Bickford
Apr 24, 2014 Seth Bickford rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think the authors purpose is to entertain and to teach because the book tells you things about the war and you can see what its sort of like in the eyes of being in the army.
It's about 4 friends who go to war, and rudi gets drafted and the others sign up to. Then they go to rudis for house for a farewell dinner and they get haircuts.
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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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