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The Fire Dream
Franklin Allen Leib
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The Fire Dream

4.28 of 5 stars 4.28  ·  rating details  ·  76 ratings  ·  5 reviews

This is a sweeping, gut-wrenching portrait of soldiers at war from a man who fought, and saw friends die, in Vietnam. It is a saga of men from all walks of life, thrown together by the arbitrary nature of enlistment and the draft, of how they are forged into a team. Then in the unrelenting combat of Vietnam, each man in the team is put to the ultimate test -- combat. How

Hardcover, 607 pages
Published June 1st 1989 by Presidio Press (first published 1989)
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Fred Lombardo
This is probably the best Vietnam era story that I have read to date. Rich characters, detailed background and gritty scenes make for both a tragic and uplifting story. You bleed for the main characters, William, Coles, Hunter and Moser. This story crosses all the boundaries that seem to have separated the soldiers herein and binds them into each other out of love, respect and honor. I read this in paperback the first time and had to search high and low for a hardcover edition.
It remains one of
Ryan Mcghee
This book quite frankly is a great tale of courage, heroism, love, and loss in the time of the vietnam war. The main character, William Stuart, is a man drawn in by the heat of conflict, which indelibly leads to more conflict as his fiance/wife at home can not see why he is continually drawn back to the jungles of Vietnam after being wounded before. Honestly this is one of if not the best book I have ever read, so much so that I've worn two copies out and I'm about to have to buy a third copy.
Kathryn Bashaar
This book starts strong but seems to lose focus. It's kind of Clancey-esque in that it goes into a lot of military detail that is interesting to men but not to women and in that this author can't write a female character for S**T. The few women who appear are two-dimensional male fantasies. But as the wife of a Vietnam veteran, it was interesting to me to read something that was very realistic about what the war was like and how men forge bonds in battle.
Charles Riddle
Based on the Vietnam war background, this is a story of one who was there and tells the raw truth without politicizing the war.
Fiction, Vietnam War - fantastic novel, great characters. My favorite Vietnam book by far.
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