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Free-Fire Zone

(Vietnam #3)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  542 ratings  ·  97 reviews
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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Ryan Behrman,Student
great book if you like books about history
Sharon Looby
Oct 22, 2012 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
Harry Brooker
Feb 28, 2020 rated it liked it
it was good
Wesley Stevenson
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book is about a kid named Rudi who is drafted into the U.S. Marine Corps to fight in the Vietnam War. When he arrives in Vietnam, he is found to be a very good soldier who is favored among the higher ranks. He makes several friends and even enjoys the way of being a soldier. Most of his squad mates just want to get their tour of duty over with since how bad Vietnam is during the war, but Rudi actually enjoys the whole idea of being a soldier.

This story takes the reader through the pain, loss
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
Justin Jakstys
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. It is one of the best nonfiction books I have ever read. I really liked how the author helped you feel like you were inside the book. It helped me understand what it was like being a soldier in the Vietnam War. Overall I really liked this book and I recommend it to anyone who is interested in war and action.
Aidan Koplin
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Vietnam book three Free-Fire Zone by Chris Lynch the lexile level of this book is 860. This book is about this guy named “Rudi” and he got drafted go to Vietnam. So he was really scared to do it because he did not want to leave his friends. It is also about keep on going no matter what happens. Just like we should no matter what happens with us we should go go go until we can’t go anymore. When he got there he met a lot of knew “friends” which helped him when he got there.
The major theme of thi
Brode L
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Free-Fire Zone
Free-Fire Zone is a novel by. This book is about an eight-teen-year-old Rudi who got drafted for the Vietnam War. it all starts out with Rudi getting drafted and being really scared because he always counted on his friends to have his back. But to everyone's surprise, Rudi is a very good Marine because he only has one rule “Follow all orders no matter what”. And with his mom already thinking he will die as soon as he gets to Vietnam, Rudi has nowhere to look forward to but Vietnam
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Rudi joins the military during the height of the Vietnam War, he appears to be in deep trouble. He is one of those kids that were heavily picked on in school until he acquired his buddies Beck, Morris and especially Ivan. They faced down his tormentors and kept him safe, but starting at Marine boot camp, he is alone. Life as a soldier is hard at first, Rudi is laughed at, with a common statement referring to his actions is, “Is he for real?”
Once Rudi is in Vietnam and assigned to a combat
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
my favorite book this is about a boy named Rudi and he is a loser in high school he's always bullied and he has three friends who made a pact with him when the war broke out that if one of them gets drafted the other three boys will enlist well with Rudi's luck he gets drafted in the marines so he others join as well and Rudi is a changed man when he reaches Vietnam he feels he has more worth now and he excels in everything he loves the war .... a little too much he says he will not go back home ...more
James Quinn
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I thought free-fire zone was a really good book. It was about a guy named Rudy with all of his friends and they are all in the Vietnam War. They all stick together and they all help each other out. In general, I thought the book was a great book and I would recommend it to many people. I also thought this book had a really good plot and ending.
Preston Neidig
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In my book you see a soilder go threw vienam And you fell his pain and I really like being apart of a chracter. You really feel like your veinam you fell the pain of the main chracter Rudi as he enjoys being the army wich is a rare accurence when your being drafted in a war
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book holds up well against it's predecessors. I liked that the book just starts with Rudi in boot-camp since we already know what happens before that from the first 2 books. It is interesting to see Rudi turn from a cowardly young man to Marine. The plot and side characters were also great.
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Pretty good book lots of action. I would recommend this book for anyone interested in war novels or historical fiction.
Garret Ault
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I liked this book. This book talked about the war in Vietnam.
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was nice i'm hooked on these books know.
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a great story. It really kept me anxious to read.
Evan Smith
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book about the Veitnam war VS America. Thrilling ride of Free Fire Zone.
Riley Himes
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It was very cool and descriptive.
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
if you like battle books read this one
Peyton Barr
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I lovely all the twists and turns it really keeps you wanting to read more and more it also has really good description of what the terrain looks like from the main characters perspective
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It was a very interesting book and kept me reading and it just made me feel like I was there in some of the parts. It just totally made me zone out.
Adam A.
Oct 29, 2012 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
Donovan, R
Mar 06, 2014 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
Caiden Goodman
Aug 29, 2014 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
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rudi gets drafted by the US Marine Corps, he knows he is in a lot of trouble. Rudi has always relied on his friends he has always known he's not as brave, smart or dependable like is friends and that didn't matter because they always had his back.

It matters now because Rudi is headed to Vietnam and for the first time he won't have his friends there to help him. Rudi has a rough start with his boot camp, but to everyone's surprise he ended up being a great soldiers because he decided that he cou
Daniel Hill
Apr 17, 2015 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
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
Apr 26, 2014 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
ACS Book-finder
Nov 08, 2012 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
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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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