Hubby liked this book a lot.
Excellent war story - couldn't stop reading it. Gives a true insight into the life of a 'grunt' Marine in the hell of Viet Nam.
Really took me back when he mentioned places I was stationed, especially those of his "lieutenant." I wasn't in the bush with the grunts, but so much else he mentioned took me back to my time in Viet Nam and Okinawa.
Jim Webb served his time in Vietnam during one of my nearly three years in Vietnam. I found this book just after the original publication in 1979. It was as if I was reading a biography of my own service with the grunts in the 1st Marine Division. In the years since I have always admired his work, first as a Platoon and Company Commander in 5th Marines and then as Secretary of the Navy and as an author.
Fields of Fire fully described the green hell that was Vietnam for every Marine infantryman who served there.
If you want to get a feel for what that war was like, read this book. If you think you might want to go fight in a war, read this book.
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This was a good look at what the Vietnam war was like ,made me glad I didn,t have to go !!
I have read just about every Nam novel I could get my hands on and nothing can compare to this one. The characters are awesome: Snake, Senator, Lt. Hodges, Cannonball, Bagger. A Marine squad gets into some awesome firefights with the gooks. Some of the night attacks are so realistic it will give you the sweats. Very realistic. Based upon the author's own first hand experiences as a young Marine sent over during the height of the jungle war. Awesome. Awesome. Awesome.
This book was a GREAT read and very factual with regard to what actually went on (took place) in the fields of South Vietnam. I was there with a Mobile Construction Battalion (MCB-7)where we established and built the camp at Phu Bai (just south of the city of Hue) and Army Rangers returning from patrol would come through our camp and tell us what was actually going on. The book is 'On Target' with respect to what was behind the scenes of that conflict. I commend the author for the research that had to have gone into the writing of the book and still pray for my fallen fellow servicemen and women. God help and be with those still fighting for our freedoms today.