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The true test for surviving war lies in the mind, not on the battlefield. Inspired by the author’s own experiences of US military operations during the Vietnam War, Boot is a debut literary novel that charts the journey of Marine George Orwell Hill, known affectionately as G. O. by his brothers-in-arms, as he comes to grips with the psychological impacts of war in the jung ...more
Paperback, 329 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Sewell Publishing
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Píaras Cíonnaoíth
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Funny how mad the world can be sometimes..

Inspired by the author’s own experiences of US military operations during the Vietnam War, Boot: A Sorta Novel of Vietnam by Charles Templeton combines both satire and psychology in this wonderfully written and richly descriptive historical fiction.

There’s no doubt for me that Boot: A Sorta Novel of Vietnam is an exceptionally well-written book. However, it must be said that this story is not for the faint-hearted. The author’s script at times is razor-s
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Satish Kumar
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Reading Boot will take you back to the unvarnished life of combat in Vietnam
the-librarian
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Boot: A Sorta Novel of Vietnam is a fantastic and inventive entry into the crowded world of half-fiction, half-memoir experiences of the Vietnam war. This novel is part satire, part biting-criticism, part-reflection-on-the-human-experience, and all heart. There is a genuineness to the story, and the way it is told, that is often lacking in these sorts of novels. It is gripping and even terrifying at times. It is a real human offering a reflection on what it takes to mentally survive a war nobody ...more
Peggy Kjelgaard
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Boot: A Sorta Novel of Vietnam by author Charles L. Templeton is a dynamic story about the Vietnam war as seen through the eyes of a marine. It follows the soldier’s experiences from pre-enlistment to returning home. The journey for the reader is somewhat like the authors description of a helicopter’s up and down movement during a descent into a hot zone—"like being on a roller coaster, going from being weightless one moment to feeling like you weigh a thousand pounds the next.” The reader feels ...more
The Reader
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wars do not just kills, they destroy people's souls. BOOT is a journey into this reality, and sometimes it appears so realistic, it makes me shudder.

Through this novel, we get to travel with George Orwell Hill to Vietnam and we learn first-hand the reasons why wars should not allowed to take place, and that we should all do our best to contribute to peace.

The author wrote this book based on his experiences during the Vietnam War. But more than that, he wrote with a special compassion that shed l
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Melissa Hernandez
Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me a while to get into this story. Once the action started, it felt like a rated R version of M*A*S*H with switching army to navy and the war. It felt like a honest and brutal tale of what happens when folks go to war. They talk dirty, sometimes share feelings, build and fight, and try to go back home. If there were to be another war type show, I wouldn’t mind this one being made at all. It also reminds folks that they go through a lot in this, so we should care when they come home. We c ...more
Ruth Mitchell
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful twist on the Viet Nam War. Templeton has you roaring with laughter on one page and crying on the next as he examines both the humor, stupidity and deeper issues of combat and war. Making the best of their situation these young warriors struggle with human issues such as racism, rank and honor. Great read. Don't miss it.
Kelvin Jack
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nice book
Jahidul Islam
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Gazi Mohammed
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Sree Sai
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting book to read and good inspiration
Wendycarlisle717hotmail.Com
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A thrill-chasing read. For all of us of this generation, this is a look back from the other side. Pick it up. it's great!
Michelle Hannon
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I expected an intense, action-packed story, and that’s what I got, just not in the way I expected. “Boot” is about a young, naïve, Marine helicopter crew chief from Texas, G. O. Hill. From nail-biting battle scenes to ludicrous sanity-saving escapades, this is a helluva roller-coaster read that doesn’t fail to entertain. What I enjoyed most about this book is meeting the animated array of assorted characters. I grew up overseas in a multi-cultural community and truly enjoy interacting with peopl ...more
Prasad Devangam
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Boot is not your typical war story. It is reminiscent of Catch 22.
Verne Rudebusch
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A special book, talks about the experience of Marines, talking in battlefield language, with real people on the ground and in the air. The emotions of bullets whizzing, buddies dying, experiencing and personal growth from day one on arrival in Vietnam - there's nothing like it really, really worth the read and the experience.
Shopno Premik
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I could not put Boot down once I started reading.
Md Atabur
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
How do you maintain your humanity in a war? Read Boot and find your answer.
Khoniker Musafir
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Boot presents a vision of the Vietnam War that is grizzly, obscene, and fatal.
Sayan Roy
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It’s a fun, wise and poignant trip through the war that made America modern.
Moheb Billa
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A book of drug induced hallucinations, paranoid ramblings, and psychological investigations
Bappa Bhakta
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Boot is not your Mama’s war story.
Dk Singh
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you loved Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow, you will love Boot.
Dibik Tip Top
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
A novel that takes quite a bit of decoding and deboning in order to devour.
Md Jahirul
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Rumon
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed your depiction of “the enemy” and how little they differed from our heroes.
Muhammad Sohail
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The hallucinatory episodes in Boot, remind this reader of William Burroughs’s Naked Lunch.
Hubab Ahmad
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Boot provides a look behind the curtains our country has placed around the Vietnam War
Arafat Hasan
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A stellar novel about young men driven by the desire to survive.
Susmita
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Boot in an exciting must-read tale about the insanity of the Vietnam War.
Rao Shoaib
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Boot is told through the eyes and heart of one who was there.
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Charles Templeton was born in deep East Texas in 1946. So deep, they had to pipe in the sunshine. His parents were nomads in the Mojave Desert in the fifties where Chuck Yeager taught him how to crush beer cans on his forehead. After being dismissed from the Copyle Lincoln Therapeutic Boarding School for Miscreant Teenage Girls, he attended Sherman High School in Sherman, TX. He was admitted to Au ...more

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