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“Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War” is a story of young Navy Lieutenant Waino Mellas, who has recently graduated from college joining the Marine Corps, and his comrades in Bravo Company in the Vietnam War.
The book portraits the experiences that Mellas and his comrades have to face with in the war. The author manages to demonstrate all the hardships with the North Vietnamese soldiers, the harsh weather with the monsoon rains and fever in the jungle as well as the difficult situation of the troop such as food shortages, and lack of medicine. Moreover, Karl Marlantes describes honestly the struggle of the soldiers in Bravo Company in common and Mellas in particular to fight against the enemies, protect their areas as well as their lives.
“Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War” is not another Vietnam War novel but a story of the true color of war as well as the courage, friendship and the sacrifice of the soldiers.
In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. Two people stand in his way. The first is a well-loved combat-weary lieutenant his own age who desperately wants out of the bush but who does not want to leave his Marines with an inexperienced and overly ambitious officer. The second is an angry leader of the company’s radical blacks, who has all the political skill, savvy, and ambition of the protagonist.
As the young lieutenant experiences the costs of combat, he sees the terrible results of his actions and begins to question the value of ambition and skill over compassion and heart.
©2010 Karl Marlantes (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.