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|Download Kindle õ Fallen Angels ñ An exciting, eye catching repackage of acclaimed author Walter Dean Myers bestselling paperbacks, to coincide with the publication of SUNRISE OVER FALLUJA in hardcoverA coming of age tale for young adults set in the trenches of the Vietnam War in the late s, 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 US is there at all War Many think it is just a game But to the men and women fighting, it is a living hell U.S.A., 1960 s, Perry is drafted into the U.S Military, and sent to the front line in Vietnam Perry is a young African American man, working towards getting to college Perry s family lives in Harlem, whom have a military background Perry never wanted to go into the military, his mother mainly the reason The draft got him to go, of course right to the front line Facing a new group of friends, Perry le War Many think it is just a game But to the men and women fighting, it is a living hell U.S.A., 1960 s, Perry is drafted into the U.S Military, and sent to the front line in Vietnam Perry is a young African American man, working towards getting to college Perry s family lives in Harlem, whom have a military background Perry never wanted to go into the military, his mother mainly the reason The draft got him to go, of course right to the front line Facing a new group of friends, Perry learns of war stories from them, being there for a year or two Perry soon learns of the horrors of war, and faces many Vietcong along the rice fields, and many dead comrades Having many a guts and dirt sprinkled, almost in slow motion, in his face Almost dying multiple times, Perry has hardened into a soldier not fazed by most things Getting multiple diseases from the jungles of Vietnam, including dysentery, Perry learns the war is not all it lives up to be Perry finally realizes that this war is useless, and wants to get his year of service over with and leave back to the states After seeing some of his friends get killed, Perry tries his hardest to stay alive Eventually getting home, Perry tells of his story, and settles down Through all of the hardships and death, Perry has seen it all I would recommend this book to males in their late teens to adults, because of the language and tone of the book The book describes most of the deaths in great detail, so discretion is advised I would most definitely recommend this book to most of my friends, and is really well written In the past four months, I ve changed jobs, been forced to move out of my apartment back in with my parents temporarily, and begun the arduous task of DIYing a long neglected house into a livable space without, y know, electrical wires dangling into the sink and cracked wood paneled walls I am finding it hard to have the attention span for any reading above an eighth grade level, and even find myself momentarily overwhelmed by Tess Gerritsen Let s meditate on that for a moment Body Double C In the past four months, I ve changed jobs, been forced to move out of my apartment back in with my parents temporarily, and begun the arduous task of DIYing a long neglected house into a livable space without, y know, electrical wires dangling into the sink and cracked wood paneled walls I am finding it hard to have the attention span for any reading above an eighth grade level, and even find myself momentarily overwhelmed by Tess Gerritsen Let s meditate on that for a moment Body Double CURRENTLY TOO COMPLICATED So I decided that this would be a good time to return to an old childhood favorite Fallen Angels was read, by me, several times in approximately sixth grade to junior high school, and I still can t believe that pre teen Rachel chose to wrench herself from an endless diet of RL Stine and Christopher Pike for a serious book about a serious moment of historical relevance like the Vietnam War But this one had a huge effect at the time I remember reading about those young men in the trenches, killing, hearing shots and not knowing where the shots were coming from, and feeling suffocated by how helpless they must have felt At the time, I remember thinking that there is a kind of fear guerilla warfare in a needless war that is incomprehensible to my generation This is obviously not true any longer, because of Iraq, but at the time I wanted to know evenabout what it was to have that experience that was so foreign to me I read several non fiction books about Vietnam after Fallen Angels, glossing over descriptions of artillery and military maneuvering to the parts about what it was like to actually be in the shit seeing your friends die as teenagers and fearing the same for yourself I was stunned into something like reverence for war veterans, which is still a complicated emotion for me as I fundamentally hate war and what happens during war.Reading this book again as an adult, I am happy to say that it is still easily one of the best YA books I have ever read one of the most realistic books of war, YA or adult, easily WDM s writing is unsentimental, letting the subject matter and Perry s fear of dying carry the appropriate gravitas As an adult I appreciate the race relations element of the story , the feeling of the black soldiers that they were being used as fodder on point or holding up the rear The feeling that their lives mattered less to their commanders, even though they were fighting the same war next to the white boys in the wake of the Civil Rights Movement WDM s story captures a whole generation The other cool thing about Fallen Angels is that as soon as I started reading, Peewee, Johnson, Lobel and Perry came back to me immediately, like old friends For as poor as my reading recall is, that s really something I would never call it comfort reading given the subject matter it islike discomfort reading, as it should be but oh, I do love this book and was happy to revisit it This is the story of one soldiers tour in Vietnam It shows the war through his eyes He is a soldier mostly for economic reasons, not because he has a particular position for or against the war It details both the boredom and life threatening action of the Vietnam war.This will appeal to teens who like war violence Boys who want to be soliders or like war will like this book It is very realistic, not a James Bond type of violence, and the soliders reaction to it is very realistic Some tee This is the story of one soldiers tour in Vietnam It shows the war through his eyes He is a soldier mostly for economic reasons, not because he has a particular position for or against the war It details both the boredom and life threatening action of the Vietnam war.This will appeal to teens who like war violence Boys who want to be soliders or like war will like this book It is very realistic, not a James Bond type of violence, and the soliders reaction to it is very realistic Some teens may like that and some may want aromantized view of war The topic of the Vietnam war may also appeal to teens because it was one of the first times teens had a role in a war Teens were fighting it, protesting it and had an opinion about itthan in previous wars.The Developmental Markers that this book addresses most are Caring, Responsibility, and Interpersonal Competence The main character in this book cares about his fellow soliders and his family at home who is his first reason for fighting He wants to financially contribute to them It also shows a lot of his empathy and ability to make friends with the people in his platoon.I found these characters very believable because they die, they hurt, they throw up and are scared a lot They portray the mental effects of the war very well by his inability to sleep and increasing desensitization to death and his situation When he is out of it for a while, he does not want to go back and in the end he just wants to get out alive and for as many of his friends to get out alive as possible.I would promote this book to teens who like war stories and action I would expectboys to like it than girls I think it would be good for teens to read because it has action with consequences and so many video games and action movies show action and killing with no consequences.VOYA codes 5Q, 3P, S Once again, a young adult author surprises me with a piece of hard hitting fiction transcending the inadequate categorizations that we try to slap on literature At this point I don t know why I m still surprised when I pick up a YA book and it blows me away with its authenticity and depth, but it keeps happening Fallen Angels is a quick read Once I started rolling on it, I finished it in a few hours The plotline is standard, though the fluctuation between mundane and boring to hellish and vi Once again, a young adult author surprises me with a piece of hard hitting fiction transcending the inadequate categorizations that we try to slap on literature At this point I don t know why I m still surprised when I pick up a YA book and it blows me away with its authenticity and depth, but it keeps happening Fallen Angels is a quick read Once I started rolling on it, I finished it in a few hours The plotline is standard, though the fluctuation between mundane and boring to hellish and violent in the various scenes does a nice job of reflecting what I ve been told about service in Vietnam The book touches on some of the underlying issues of race in Vietnam, but I d actually probably have preferred a little heavier exploration of the racial tensions It s definitely present and explored, but it doesn t end up playing any sort of critical role in the storyline Maybe that s a good thing, but I just kept expecting it to play into the plot somehow like with the squad fragging the racist Sgt The book captures the bond that springs up between these young men boys really in time of war I believe this to be the novel s strongest point The characters in the squad move frenetically from adolescent snapping to displays of loyalty to surprising shows of love and affection and back again in what I feel is probably a realistic depiction of the ties that develop between a band of brothers in combat, which seems to bring out both the best and worst of us as humans