This is one of the best memoirs I've read about Vietnam. Philip Caputo does a great job allowing the reader to experience the war as a young Marine ofThis is one of the best memoirs I've read about Vietnam. Philip Caputo does a great job allowing the reader to experience the war as a young Marine officer. The stench of the jungle, crackle of AK-47s, the chop of Huey helicopters, and the daily lives of the grunts comes alive. As does the reality of that war, is everyone a combatant or a civilian? What's the difference between the two?
It has great potential with a new generation growing up with Iraq and Afghanistan was their wars.I'll be keeping this on me shelf permanently....more
One of my favorite naval fiction novels ever. Poyer's characters are some of the best, even the minor ones.
Dan Lenson has been assigned to an old, onOne of my favorite naval fiction novels ever. Poyer's characters are some of the best, even the minor ones.
Dan Lenson has been assigned to an old, on the verge of being decommissioned destroyer. The crew is divided and some are down right untrustworthy and mutinous. Add in a harrowing storm in the Arctic Circle and you have a winner. Life aboard a destroyer is done so well, he even gets the small things right.
Well, almost. Once the at-sea part is over and it goes to the court martial, just skip to the epilogue. You'll thank me.
In the end: excellent characters, a well portrayed life on a small destroyer, anti-submarine warfare tactics, and realistic storm sequences makes this a must read for anyone who served on a destroyer or has any interest in the Navy, or just loves a good sea story....more
I wanted to like this book, but was never able to like all, or even most, of it. Between a ton of really obnoxious characters, a general lack of knowlI wanted to like this book, but was never able to like all, or even most, of it. Between a ton of really obnoxious characters, a general lack of knowledge about the military, and horrible dialogue there is a lot that makes this a below average novel. It starts strong, but the middle is a chore to get through.
The characters keep making clueless and stupid choices. No one thinks about saving ammo, or to take heavy equipment with them. They also run around acting like B-grade action movie characters. At one point a character challenges his former partner into a duel, while zombies and a SWAT team are attacking the house. I mean, really?
The military knowledge also seems to come from action movies and Call of Duty. Every single military character is overwrought and un-military. He gets the weapons, jargon, and just about everything else wrong. It kept grating at me all book.
A fairly forgettable book in the slew of zombie books. World War Z or Patient Zero are much better choices than Plague of the Dead....more
Max Hastings continues upon his journey to chronicle WWII. Armageddon l;ays out the final year of the war, starting near Operation Market-Garden and eMax Hastings continues upon his journey to chronicle WWII. Armageddon l;ays out the final year of the war, starting near Operation Market-Garden and ending on the surrender of Nazis Germany.
Hastings does an excellent job of mixing first hand accounts with later data, troop movements, death tolls, etc. For people like me it helps spread the boring parts out and makes them bearable. The numbers also never cease to amaze me, if any modern Army unit lost the numbers they did back they it would cease to exist.
Now, if you want to get the full war in Europe beginning at D-Day you must read Overlord, by Max Hastings, FIRST. I've heard many people saying they watned to D-Day invasion included. I however, appreciate Hasting's attempt to keep those of us who've read his other works happy by not rehashing previous battles.
In the end: a good mix of first hand accounts, overviews of the top tier generals and leaders during the year, and some excellent stringing together of the Soviet story make this a must read for any WWII buff....more