Hughes, Dan. Search and destroy.

Author:Rohrlick, Paula
Position:Young adult review - Book review

HUGHES, Dan. Search and destroy. Simon & Schuster. 216p. notes, c2005. 1-4169-5371-X. $5.99 SA *

To quote the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, January 2006: Rick, just graduated from high school in 1969, doesn't know what to do with his life, and he longs to escape from his bullying father. Despite misgivings about whether the US belongs in Vietnam, he's curious about the experience of war--maybe he could be a writer and use it as material, he thinks--and he decides to enlist. Once in the army, he opts to join the Charlie Company Rangers, a six-man unit that hunts down and kills the enemy in stealthy, dangerous and terrifying "search and destroy" missions. At first concerned about whether he can prove himself to be a man under fire, and still conflicted about whether it is a just war, Rick soon learns that simply staying alive overrides all other considerations. He befriends an older man nicknamed Preacher, and from him learns compassion for the Vietnamese people. Wounded, Rick returns home, experienced in ways he wishes he weren't and haunted by terrible dreams, and he tries to forge a new path for himself.

This powerful tale by the author of...

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