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Here Comes Charlie by R.W. Holmen
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Jun 20, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: coming-of-age, cultural, lunchtime-read, short-stories
Read in June, 2011

RW Holmen writes with a gently honest voice, quietly inserting detail to narrative without pointing arrows to all that he knows. I learn a November Lima is a night location by reading the underlines. I feel the laughter of childhood hide-and-seek turned to slow tense marching under trees. I hear the music of another world’s memories. The action’s clearly described, setting up camp, eating dinner, thinking C4 while stirring beef and rice, and hearing the enemy creeping up on you.

Men have played these same rolls all through time, and the author tells a timeless story, locked in a well-recorded time and place. These are boys. The enemy are other mothers’ sons. War is war. And life is infinitely desirable.

This short story is part of an excellent series of Vietnam vignettes, beautifully written, hauntingly evocative, and scarily real.

Disclosure: The author kindly gave me a free ecopy of this story after I reviewed the first of the series.

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