Matterhorn (Paperback)Karl Marlantes (author)
WINNER OF THE FLAHERTY-DUNNAN FIRST NOVEL PRIZE
Fire Support Base Matterhorn: a fortress carved out of the grey-green mountain jungle. Cold monsoon clouds wreath its mile-high summit, concealing a battery of 105-mm howitzers surrounded by deep bunkers, carefully constructed fields of fire and the 180 marines of Bravo Company. Just three kilometres from Laos and two from North Vietnam, there is no more isolated outpost of America's increasingly desperate war in Vietnam.
Second Lieutenant Waino Mellas, 21 years old and just a few days into his 13-month tour, has barely arrived at Matterhorn before Bravo Company is ordered to abandon their mountain and sent deep in-country in pursuit of a North Vietnamese Army unit of unknown size.
Beyond the relative safety of the perimeter wire, Mellas will face disease, starvation, leeches, tigers and an almost invisible enemy. Beneath the endless jungle canopy, Bravo Company will confront competing ambitions, duplicitous officers and simmering racial tensions. Behind them, always, Matterhorn. The impregnable mountain fortress they built and then abandoned, without a shot, to the North Vietnamese Army...
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Number of pages: 736
Weight: 505 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 43 mm
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“pOWERFUL STORY OF WAR”
A fictional story set in Vietnam but you sense it is also partly autobiographical as author Karl Marlantes was a decorated officer who served in Vietnam. This is his first novel and one that it has taken a long time... More
“Not a gung ho US army cliche”
In a funny way there are similarities with this book and Blackadder goes Forth. In the sense that idiot Generals make stupid decisions that end up killing many innocent people. What's great for me about this book... More
“30 Years in the making but well worth the wait”
Marine and Vietnam combat veteran Karl Marlantes may have spent nearly 30 years perfecting his debut novel based on his experiences in Vietnam but the end product does all the effort justice. This is with out a doubt... More
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