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Moving . . . A novel that stays with you,
This review is from: The 13th Valley (Paperback)
I have read many military fiction and non-fiction books and none I have encountered present a more poignant and lucid picture of war. The characters are wonderfully brought to life.
It does a fantastic job of illustrating the experience of jungle warfare (and all the horror it entails). The march of the "boonie-rats" through the valley is exciting and described in magnificent detail. You really feel that you are marching along with them. The battles are vivid and intense.
It is also a touching love story with keen insight on romantic relationships.
Most importantly, it attempts to answer the philosophical question of how and why familial/racial/global conflict happens. It does this in a brilliant way and comes up with some TRULY FASCINATING ideas.
Read James Webb's "Fields of Fire" for another illuminating account of the Vietnam war.