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A Field of Innocence by Jack Estes

A Field of Innocence

by Jack Estes

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Jack Estes volunteered to fight a war in a faraway country he couldn't even locate on a map. He was a kid, eighteen years old. Married, broke, flunking out of college-and about to become a father. The Marines seemed like a good way out. He figured the Nam couldn't be any worse than home. He was wrong.Publishers Weekly says "Chilling...It tells how a youngster from Portland, Oregon matured in the crucible of combat...The reader is given a sense of what it's like to fight an unseen enemy who might appear anytime, anywhere and start shooting from ambush." Karl Marlantes, New York Times best selling author of "Matterhorn" calls "A Field of Innocence", "Powerful ...and riveting."Tim O'Brien, New York Times best selling author of "The Things They Carried" says, "With its raw realism and heartbreaking honesty...one of the finest Vietnam memoirs."Kirkus Review says A Field of Innocence is "Exciting and Impressive."… (more)



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This is a memoir of Jack Estes who joins the Marines at age eighteen. He leaves home and the girl he loves and is in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive.

I was in the service during the conflict but not stationed in Vietnam. The descriptions of the Marines in action were so intense and dramatic that I had to pause to consider how bad it was for those young men.

"I'm hit" yelled more than one Marine, "...kill me" begged another who was in terrible pain.

The author provided a good insight into the other Marines he came in contact with and we viewed his own feelings in the letters he wrote home to his love, Kristen.

I enjoyed reading about the Vietnamese landscape and places like Da Nang and Ti Lon One. The memoir was so realistic that I could almost feel I was close to the action.

I think other people who were in the service during Vietnam would find this memoir a good book to read. ( )
  mikedraper | Mar 10, 2014 |
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