I've read a number of war novels & Matterhorn is the best of the genre in my opinion. This novel puts you in the shoes of the Marines fighting the NVA in a hostile jungle. A harrowing, incredible, gripping story. It should be compulsory reading for politicians who so often blithely send young men to their deaths.
Three points struck me in particular. One, the author's obvious knowledge & experience. Two, how much responsibility was given to junior officers in Vietnam at such ridiculously young ages. Three, how the Marines, in this story at least, were betrayed by the brass.Red Flags
by Juris Jurjevics is another great Vietnam novel but a lighter read than Matterhorn.The Naked and the Dead
by Norman Mailer also brilliantly relays the experiences of the ordinary soldier but this time in World War 2. All Quiet on the Western Front
by Erich Maria Remarque covers the same territory, but from the perspective of German soldiers in World War 1.