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As pointless as the war.
on 26 March 2013
I wasn't keen on this book at all.
From the beginning I was missing the plot in the book, and the caracters never seemed to come to life. The beginning was ok, we get a brief introduction and an idea what is going to happen but from there the story doesn't pick up.
We get to hear about a group of American soldiers and how they are sent into the midst of the jungle to fight, but without knowing what they actually have to do. we follow all the soldiers and get to hear a bit about their backgrounds, not a lot and not enough to really get to "know" them.
We also hear about the soldiers on the Vietnam side, how brutal and horrible it is for them. And how tired they were of the war. The informations we get about the soldiers on the Vietnam side is even more brief than what we hear about the American soliders.
All the caracters portrayed seems horrible and none of them seems to actually bring anything to the story, except showing how horrible it was. By the end of the book I thought how pointless that I used time on reading this book.
Perhaps I dislike this book so much because I have read other books about the Vietnam war which really got to me, where I felt that you really got a feeling of the war and how it was. I would much rather recomend We Were Soldiers Once by Harold G. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway.
I didn't rate the book as 1 star as I managed to finish the book so it wasn't totally bad!