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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press; Reprint edition (April 25 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802145310
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802145314
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.5 x 4.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Quite simply, few war novels -- if any -- have combined the existential narrative of war as it really is, philosophical insight into the soul and humanity, and and superb writing of Matterhorn. A masterpiece.
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This is such a valuable book about the Vietnam War. Now I understand why my friends came back from "Nam" all shot up emotionally as well as physically. Then after you read this amazing book you must read Wade Davis' Into the Silence about WWI and the quest by George Mallory to climb Everest. That a government would sacrifice its young men in such misadventures shows that we didn't learn from the days of yore and the Knights of the Round Table and their quest for the Holy Grail and their wanting to bring Christianity to the Islam World. PEOPLE just have to stop that crap. Bring the boys home. We need them at home in the garden and in the garage with their friends and families and sons and daughters, playing catch in the back yard and going for family bike rides for a swim in the river.... NOT to spend days slogging through justifiably hostile territory to subdue/contain/immobilize/murder some other moms' sons. NO MORE WAR! YOU must read this book, it will change your life.
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This book was incredible from beginning to end. At the end of the book I had to give it to my Dad who also was a Marine Corps infantryman in Vietnam. He echoed my views that said Marlantes hit the nail on the head with this one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER on Oct. 27 2010
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A novel of the Vietnam War

This is a time when U.S. political tensions are at a boiling point, campuses erupt in violence and protesters take to the streets, racial agendas dominate the enlisted ranks and young Americans are embroiled in brutal combat at the other end of the world. A conflict that will divide the population like never seen before.

The author's astonishing writing immerses his readers deep in the thick of the action: they quickly feel they are part of the story, witnessing the fighting side by side with the courageous soldiers.....Before setting out in this spellbinding novel, make sure you have plenty of repellent, do not forget to keep dry, leave your fears behind and lets go forward....a mission is awaiting..... Emotions will be so real you will soon understand what I mean.

The year is 1969 during the monsoon season deep in the jungles and the sweltering mountains of Quang Tri province, Vietnam.
Bravo Company First Platoon lead by a green Lieutenant Waino Mellas and his seasoned officers Fitch, Hawke and Kendall are given the orders to claim and establish a strategic point (the Matterhorn) , an advance fire-support base. The reader quickly learns that a simple sounding plan presents more than one enemy to the soldiers: Mother nature, the unfamiliar and unforgiving terrain, the fear of being isolated and the very capable opponents are just some of the life threatening hostilities they are bombarded with.

Just when the Lieutenant and his men think they have time to catch their breath and count their loses new orders hit them almost as hard as any enemy. Higher command orders them to abandon everything and embark on another dangerous but crucial mission: sever N.V. supply lines at all cost.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jacksprat TOP 500 REVIEWER on Sept. 6 2010
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I had just finished Sabastien Junger's book "War" prior to reading Matterhorn. It is interesting to compare the books as one was written by an embedded reporter in an Afghanistan regiment writing a factual account. The other is from the war in Viet Nam written as a novel by an author who was involved in that war. The book War is a great read and should be read by anyone contemplating the armed forces. What is most interesting is that when you get down to the nitty-gritty of feet on the ground both books emphasis the comradeship among the soldiers. Truly wars are fought in the trenches where mean are motivated by their fellow soldiers not a political idea. Documentary and fiction are essentially the same.

Matterhorn should be a great book and is a great book. Karl Mariantes has hit the nail on the head about the feel and sense of any war. He shows due respect to the NVA that were often demeaned in other books. Honour is among fellow soldiers is surely the greatest motivator of men in dire circumstances.
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