- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 13 hours and 31 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: John Podlaski
- Audible.com Release Date: June 7, 2012
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0089N465U
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Cherries: A Vietnam War Novel Audible – Unabridged
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The main character is John "Pollack" Kowalski, who arrives in Vietnam as an infantryman and sent to the Wolfhounds of the 25th infantry division. Later he is transferred to the 101st Airborne Division. In both units, he finds leadership and cowardice, laughter and loss, and learns who and what he is inside. I particularly enjoyed how the author was able to illustrate the "newness" of everything Kowalski experienced. That ability absolutely separates this book from most every other infantry novel this reviewer has read.
There's no doubt that the author called upon his experience as a grunt in Vietnam while writing his first novel, because it's too real to be otherwise. The author was a young soldier of Polish descent when he went to Vietnam to serve with the Wolfhounds and the Screaming Eagles, and he wrote about what he knows. And, he wrote it well. Vietnam vets and anyone who has been a young soldier in any war will appreciate the sentiments here.
Very good book. Don't hesitate to buy it
On my bookshelf are several Viet Nam war 'novels',Frenchy's Whore by Vernon E. Brewer II, The Wall of Broken Dreams by Duke Barrett and Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes(all available on Amazon.com). Each can be described as a 'novelized' memoir and John Podlaski's Cherries easily falls into this category. They share another feature; their authors lived these stories, giving them authenticity.
Like the author, I served in the 25th Infantry Division in III Corps (although 3 years earlier), and I was promoted to Sergeant E-5 toward the end of my Viet Nam tour and pushed into a leadership role. But, our `in country' experience was very different. The author killed the `enemy' at the`retail' level; one or a few at a time. I delivered death at the `wholesale' level; entire hamlets blown into postage stamp size bits.
Cherries is extraordinary for its meticulous narrative. Every action is described in detail, drawing the reader in tight and close. How did the author remember all the minutia of day to day combat operations after so many decades? No doubt he did painstaking research, read After Action Reports, Orders of Battle, and talked to fellow vets. With this solid foundation, Mr. Podlaski had a framework on which to drape the fine cloth of his memories and personal feelings.
So, what kind of story is this? It's an in-the-mud, nasty critters, blood and body parts splattered horror show. People get hurt and killed in ugly ways and the smell of blood, rotting vegetation, decaying bodies and stifling heat lasts a lifetime in our nightmares.
When I began to read I thought, 'I can't do this.' but I read on and soon was with these guys every painful step of the way, cared about them and was eager to know more.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Slow starting off. I actually stopped reading it for a bit and then picked it up again. Then it really gets interesting. Read morePublished 10 days ago by J. Burris
★★★★★ A Review by Duke Barrett
An overused cliché’, "It takes one to know one" came to mind as I read John Podlaski's excellent novel,... Read more
This is an interesting novel written by a person who served in Vietnam with the Army. I think it is well written and carries a good story line without bashing anyone like some... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Chuck Cameron. - Marine Mustang PA
john i found your book right on point. i was there in 70 with the 1/502 101st also.when the 25th went home we got quit a few of the 25th
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is not something I normally ready but I found it compelling and couldn't put it down. A good read and I have recommended it to others.Published 2 months ago by Pat Burns
The Kindle version would be an excellent read for anyone young and interested in understanding this time period. A useful gift.Published 2 months ago by Crawford