Morris, Rudi, Ivan, and Beck are best friends for life. So when one of the teens is drafted into the Vietnam War, the others sign up, too. Although they each serve in a different branch, they are fighting the war together--and they pledge to do all they can to come home together.
Haunted by dreams of violence and death, Morris makes it his personal mission to watch over his friends--and the best place to do that is in the US Navy. Stationed off the coast of Vietnam on the USS Boston, Morris and his fellow sailors provide crucial support to the troops on the ground.
But the Boston itself isn't safe from attack. And as Morris finds his courage and resolve tested like never before, he keeps coming back to a single thought.
He made a pledge. He must keep them safe.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The author has a good way with words, and I found some lines hilariously witty! This book could be great if only it wasn't so brutal. I'm not too picky about books, but I was surprised at some of the objectionable material in a book written for young people! Yes, war is brutal, but certain things brought to life in a novel can be quite disturbing to a child. Books for youth should give them heroes to look up to: soldiers who perhaps have to struggle to be brave, but not young men who enjoy killing so much. Just because some people are unfortunately like that, doesn't mean that we should encourage our youth to be that way.
Don't listen when people say "horrible". This series is great. I have read this whole series and am in the middle of Lynch's World War Two series. I love them. This book does have a some "graphicness" of war in it (people getting napalmed, and carnage as well as a man getting shot in his arm and bleeding profusely) so I would recommend it more for 12-15. But adults can enjoy them, too. They are very good. They're pretty gripping too. I saw that one of the reviewers said something about 6th graders going to war. But the part of the book when it talks about them being 6th graders they don't go to war until they're in their early 20s. I love it.
My grandson loves this series, and to get a boy to read is tough. He wants the WW2 Series next. Since his Great Grand Dad fought in WW 2 it's good for him to learn more than history books teach. At 1 time his Great Grand Dad was in the Encyclopedia, and books on Gen. MacArthur, he a SGT and a PFC put the first US Flag back up on Corregidor on a telegraph pole under sniper fire. The first flag up with to the General, second flag flew for 2 weeks until an official Flag Raising was done. Nam is the least understood of our wars. His Grand Dad flew Mace Missiles for the Fly Boys to practice on.
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