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Three men from different walks of life; Snake, Goodrich, and Hodges all wind up in the same platoon in Vietnam. Snake is the most experienced soldier, Hodges is the Platoon Commander, and Goodrich is the Harvard student who doesn't fit in. Their unit moves through Vietnam, fighting the NVA & VC multiple times. All are wounded, and the platoon changes continuously as their friends die around them. They struggle with incompetent leaders who order them multiple times to do things that endanger their lives for little gain, until one final order puts them all in a large battle.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 50%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 10%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   depressing/sad Time/era of story:    -   1960's-1970's War Thriller    -   Yes Armed Forces:    -   Marines Specific to    -   Vietnam Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   infantry soldier Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Southeast Asia

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey references to deaths/dead bodies and torture Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   actual description of sex Unusual forms of death    -   exploded into bits Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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