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Stepping into young man’s shoes and walking onto a navy ship you become part of Zack’s life right away. Zack is a boy who is forced to become a man faster than he planned. Avoiding getting drafted into the war Zack chooses to go through boot camp and enlist in the Navy. This way he could choose what he believes will be the easiest path for himself. Stepping onto the boat for the first time saluting his superiors, seeing the boat for the first time and finding where and how he will sleep going forward. Zack is very overwhelmed, not to mention as he starts talking to others with his southern Vermont accent. Coming from the farmers life and having a conversation that does not include any R’s, Zack is harassed right away.
Moving into the Navy life with these characters right away, is truly captured by the author. The scenes are described with such attention to detail. You can truly picture the war happening in front you as you read. Showing the sides of the men being able to leave the ship and have somewhat of a life, gives you such a true feeling for those that served our country. The two rounds of fighting that these men went through, the men that went AWOL, the men that fell in love with women in bars and clubs and Zack who stayed true to his love back home. Adding in all the different accents of the different men that come together was a great touch. It does make it a little harder to read but creates the true nature of the ship.
As you read there are many scenes where you are so Proud to be an American. Then there are the scenes where the men come home from Vietnam and it makes you so Embarrassed to be an American. Reading how the soldiers who just fought for our country and many of them not even by choice. The worst part was all the men who fought and made it home and lost their futures by being treated so horribly. The benefits that should have been there that were not, the medical help and attention that were ignored and the finances that should have covered that families never came. So many men lost their lives one way or another to this war.
Deadly Waters: The Vietnam Naval War and Its Aftermath by Randy Miller was very well written. Capturing the true environment of being in the boots of a Navy man. Anybody looking for the true environment of the war should defiantly read this book.
I gave this book a 4 out of 4 stars and highly recommend this book. I look forward to reading other books by Randy Miller. Thank you for a job well done and a Great read! Randy Miller.
Deadly Waters: The Vietnam Naval War And Its Aftermath
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