A coming-of-age tale for young adults set in the trenches of the Vietnam War in the late 1960s, this is the story of Richie Perry, a Harlem teenager who volunteers for the service when his dream of attending college falls through. Sent to the front lines, Perry and his platoon come face-to-face with the Vietcong and the real horror of warfare. But violence and death aren’t the only hardships. As Perry struggles to find virtue in himself and his comrades, he questions why black troops are given the most dangerous assignments, and why the United States is there at all.
“As thought provoking as it is entertaining, touching and, on occasion, humorous.”
New York Times Book Review
“Myers does an outstanding job of re-creating the theater of war—from the tedium that breeds violence and vicious words among American comrades (black against white, black against black, white against white, and man against man), to the sudden shock, the pain, the confusion, and the stark terror that brings soliders face-to-face with their ideals, their religious beliefs, and their morality.”
Booklist (starred review)
“A tour of duty for a young soldier in Vietnam is vividly presented in Myers’ exceptional novel.”
“[Myers’] first-person narrative provides an immediacy to the events and characters revealed. His experiences become readers’ experiences, as do his fears and his insight about this war, any war.”
J. D. Jackson is a theater professor, aspiring stage director, and award-winning audiobook narrator. He is a classically trained actor, and his television and film credits include roles on House, ER, Law & Order, Hack, Sherrybaby, Diary of a City Priest, and Lucky Number Slevin. The recipient of several audiobook awards for narration and an Odyssey Honor for G. Neri’s Ghetto Cowboy, he was also named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voices of the Year for 2012 and 2013.
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- Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
- Genre: Fiction
- ISBN-13: 9781464044922