November 16, 2011

Review: Carl Melcher Goes to Vietnam by Paul Clayton

The year is 1968. Like thousands of other American boys, Carl Melcher is drafted and sent to Vietnam. His new company is infected with the same racial tensions plaguing the nation. Despite that, Carl makes friends on both sides of the color line. The war, like a tiger lurking in the bushes, picks off its victims one by one. Naively over-optimistic, Carl believes that karma and good intentions will save him and his friends. Then fate intervenes to teach Carl something of the meaning of life, and death.

The uncertianties of war figure very highly into this war book.  Sent to war Carl finds that nothing is certian, and things constantly change. Being a future soldier in the U.S. Army, I found this book very close to home and it helped me to understand that what may at first seem rock solid, is naturally unstable. I'm really glad that i read this book.
Reviewer Rating: 5 STARS
Reviewed by~James Cross(Student at Franklin High School)
~Thank you to the Author for the donation of this book to the Read for your future program!~

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