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Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War (2010) [Novel]
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It's South Vietnam, 1969. Bravo Company has been dropped in the mountain jungle and ordered to scale a hill called Matterhorn atop which they will construct a firebase. The 180 Marines, mostly teenagers, are some combination of sick, exhausted, filthy, sodden, and scared out of their minds. Newly arrived Second Lieutenant Waino Mellas, so green his boots aren’t even scuffed, is flown in to command one of the company’s three platoons. Though he was at the top of his class at Basic School, Mellas's Ivy League education hasn’t quite prepared him to lead forty battle-hardened Marines. He will need the help of his fellow officers: Fitch, the harried company commander who, at twenty-three, is already straining under the weight of his responsibilities; Hawke, the charismatic executive officer who is suspicious of Mellas’s ambition; and Mellas’s fellow platoon leaders, Goodwin and Kendall, who have troubles of their own. Soon the company is ordered to abandon Matterhorn and embark on a dangerous mission to sever a crucial North Vietnamese supply line. As the Marines navigate the bewildering valleys and switchbacks of the jungle they endure a series of deadly tests—firefights, mortar attacks, snipers—and are driven forward by a capricious colonel who, thanks to new technology, is trying to fight the war by long-range radio. Besides the political tension between officers, it’s the height of the Civil Rights and black power movements, and the company’s black soldiers resent their treatment. Mellas feels torn between wanting the support of the black soldiers and needing to quell their increasing hostility. But when the Marines find themselves confronted by a massive enemy regiment, they are thrust into the raw and all-consuming terror of combat. As each man fights for his life and the lives of his friends, Mellas must face the reality of the war, the truth of his motives, and the depth of his commitments. The experience will change him forever.

Original title: Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War
Original languages: English

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Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War (2010)
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Language: English

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Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War (March 23, 2010)

Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
ISBN: 9780802119285
Dimensions: 6.4 x 9.2 x 2.0 in
Pages: 592

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