Prequel to Sunrise Over Fallujah.
Set in the trenches of the Vietnam War in the late 1960s, this is the story of Perry, a Harlem teenager who volunteers for the service when his dream of attending college falls through. Sent to the front lines, Perry and his platoon come face-to-face with the Vietcong and the real horror of warfare. But violence and death aren’t the only hardships. As Perry struggles to find virtue in himself and his comrades, he questions why black troops are given the most dangerous assignments, and why the U.S. is even there at all.
I normally hate books that are set in wars, they are way too depressing. I read Sunrise Over Fallujah and then knew that I needed to read the one set before it because it was so good. Perry is a real guy just trying to survive a horrific war. This really brought it all home for me. If you want realistic fiction, give this book or it’s sequel a shot! Highly Recommended. – Jessica, Teen Librarian