“After reading the comments I had expected more of this book. But it is the first time I have read a book that revolves around combat situations and maybe it is just not my thing. The social interactions between the characters were interesting.”Gil Lissens wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Life changing! I've always had an appreciation for what veterans have done for me, but this takes it to a whole new level. ”James Johnsen wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Matterhorn takes you back to the Vietnam War and the trials and tribulations of the life of a marine; of the terrible dangers, fears, and environment that the marines encountered in order to complete a mission in which sometimes they were unaware of it's purpose. I loved the idea behind the author's writing which captured my curiosity to read it. However, I did not hesitate to give two stars because for a fictional novel written in hindsight of the Vietnam War, I expected a whole lot more storytelling and character development. I was beyond disappointed. I felt Marlantes described scenarios sufficiently but left unfulfilled by the lack of purpose in it all. The terminology was definitely a set back in pace although the author provided a glossary which was helpful in some instances yet I was pretty thrilled to be introduced to so much unfamiliar military terminology. After reading so much rave reviews, I found myself dragging through this book, trying really hard to get through it. I recommend only to get an inside view of the Vietnam war written by a veteran. If you are looking for a story, seek elsewhere. ”Morning Star wrote this review Monday, September 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Matterhorn follows Bravo Company in the bushes of the Vietnam War. In the opening pages Lt. Mellas comes to the company as an ambitious young man, motivated to enlist in the Marines prior to the outbreak of hostilities by a desire to build his resume. As the story unfolds, the war makes its indelible mark on Mellas.
I’ve not read much fiction work set during the Vietnam War. Most of my study has been related to attempting to understand how, within one generation, the U.S. could go from its showing in WWII to the quagmires of Korea and Vietnam. Marlantes leaves the politics alone, but does get into a bit of the technical issues that failed men like those of Bravo Company. But, what Marlantes does more adeptly is portray the personal side of the men in the war – the conditions, the racial tension, the fear, the horrors seen, the respect for each other and their opponents, and the bonds that are created among soldiers. The characters are well drawn and when Bravo Company loses a man the reader feels he/she has suffered loss as well. It is not an easy read, but if you are to pick one book to read on this war, I would say choose this one.
“This is a must read.”Mike wrote this review Saturday, July 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Brilliant account of war. Stark and honest and wrenching. I couldn't put it down. ”Kristen P. wrote this review Wednesday, July 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I don't think I can really convey how I feel about Matterhorn
It took time listening to 17 audio discs.
I was frequently overwhelmed and had to pull away.
Although it is not for the "faint of heart" and difficult to read, I loved the book.
This was impressive:
Reader, Bronson Pinchot could distinctively convey a narrator and continually present multiple soldiers with ease.
It is billed as fiction but characters are so realistic, the struggles (internal and external) are so powerful, that it must be based upon real event.
The story is timeless (young men at war).
The jungle backdrop provides those aspects that distinguish the Vietnam conflict.
Although I've finished the read, it still haunts me and my thoughts seem to come only in fragments.
compelling, alarmingly vivid, heartbreaking, unforgettable....
I would recommend it to anyone seeking to understand that conflict (Vietnam) and war in general.
Karl Marlantes brings the war to life..."cowardice and bravery, ambition and selflessness, ineptitude and competence"...horror and heroism...
★ ★ ★ ★★ FAVORITE”
“This book isn't always an easy read, but it pulled me along with Bravo Company as they hump their way through the Vietnam War. Marlantes makes you feel the angst and fear that our young soldiers experience in war. Given how poorly America treated many of our soldiers when they returned from a war into which they were drafted, it really brought to life for me how much 'gray' there is in conflict, and how we ask very difficult things of very young people. This is a visceral book and a powerful read for anyone who has not, like myself, ever fought in a war.”Jonathan Skolnick wrote this review Sunday, May 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is a spectacular book. It's a very difficult read because of the very graphic descriptions of the violence. It's a reminder of why we failed ourselves and our soldiers during the Vietnam War but it also sheds a bright light on our indifference to the two wars that we are now fighting and how that indifference affects the goals and spirit of our soldiers. The author is a Vietnam Vet. A must read!”Jeffrey Blount wrote this review Friday, May 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No