Thursday, October 7, 2010

Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War by Karl Marlantes

Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam WarThe novel Matterhorn takes place during the Vietnam War, specifically on several large hills that the US Marines fought to take control of, one was Helicopter Hill, and another is Matterhorn. We follow Second Lieutenant Mellas, who is commander of First Platoon Bravo One.  I have just started this novel and can already tell it is going to be great.  It deals with the US Marines and captures the heart detail and emotion of the Marines serving in the novel.  It shows a side of combat that I haven't seen portrayed before.  From the opening scene of a soldier having a leech up his urethra, this has been riveting and I can't wait to get back to it.  Do not read this if you are bothered by cursing as this is US Marines in wartime.  Maybe because this is to gritty and about war, I think that men may enjoy it more than women.  The writing and story will keep you on the edge of your seat till the very end.  A huge thank you from the bottom of my heart to all those who have served our country to enable us to be free.  What an amazing sacrifice.  Thank you.

Rating: 4.6 Recommend