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There are few authors who can manage the telling of the enlisted man's story quite the way David Sherman does. Other's try, but most fail. Few are able to balance the wonderfully complex and internal conflict of scholar, heathen, artist, brute and warrior that is Marine. Few also have the background that Mr. Sherman does that gives a certain authenticity to their work. Everything feels right. Even the characters felt like Marines I served with at one point or another. There are no stereotypical "jarheads" that march around shouting and screaming, and Mr. Sherman manages to make honest to goodness human beings out of his Marines.
The Junkyard Dogs is a raw look into the lives of CAP Marine in Vietnam. As a late 20th and 21st century Marine, myself, I found the story very educational. The Junkyard Dogs paints a vivid portrait of the life of Marines during the Vietnam War. In some respects it's stuff that Marines from my generation will immediately recognize. In others, it's a foreign world and fascinating to learn about.
Mr. Sherman is detailed in his portraiture of CAP Marines and their job and avoids any tedium quite well. Even the way the main plot is folded into the story is done quite expertly. It does not beleaguer the story and allows the various sub-plots time to be fully fleshed out. Mostly, it illustrates that a Marine at war is damned busy and must be mentally nimble to handle the plethora of demands on his person.
I especially enjoyed this book because of the applicability and parallels to today's world events.
The ending of the story is gold. It illustrates that life goes on and the mission continues regardless of the events the day before.
I did only rate the book a four and not a five because I had a little trouble with the dream sequences. Other than that, I whole-heartedly recommend this book.
One final note: While The Junkyard Dogs is an accurate portrayal of enlisted Marines with some inside baseball, it remains civilian friendly... at least to those interested martial history.
I would rate it higher than 5!