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Summary

It's 1970 - they're 18 years old - drafted and trained by the Army Infantry for five months - sent to Vietnam with others their age to fight in an unpopular war - dubbed "Cherries" by their more seasoned peers - nothing had prepared them for this nightmare - forced to become men overnight - working hard to learn the ropes and earn the acceptance and trust of fellow soldiers. Once they come under fire and witness death firsthand, a life-changing transition begins.

This eye-opening account offers readers an in-depth look into the everyday struggles of these young infantry soldiers. You'll feel their fear, awe, drama, and sorrow, witness the bravery and sometimes laugh at their humor.

In Vietnam, battles weren't just fought against NVA and VC soldiers - personal battles occurred daily as these teenagers had to fend off the many crawling, flying and scurrying insects, rats, snakes, spiders, and other creatures that lived in these dense jungles. Some were magnificent - most were deadly!

©2010 John Podlaski (P)2012 John Podlaski

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  • Jim
  • 26-06-16

Vets of the Nam will understand...

Not real crazy about the musical fanfare starting each chapter l, nor the Oriental music ending them. it took away from the story line and was distracting. Other than that, the story was excellent. It conveyed the deep anguish over the loss or wounding of soldiers by their "brothers" quite accurately.

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  • Brian
  • 23-04-15

Awesome production value!

Great novel, written by a vet who was there. If you liked Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes, you will love this book.

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  • Jude
  • 31-01-13

Are there any "kids" like that today?

What made the experience of listening to Cherries the most enjoyable?

The factual background

Who was your favorite character and why?

Of course John, but also each of his friends

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, after I got into it.

Any additional comments?

Thanks for the excellent narration.

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  • LARRY
  • 04-11-12

The story is immature and very unrealistic.

What would have made Cherries better?

You would have to rewrite it

Has Cherries turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Sutherland’s performances?

No

What character would you cut from Cherries?

They all lack depth and emotion.

Any additional comments?

This book was like a comic book from the 60s. The dialog was not realistic and it's obvious the author did not serve in a rifle company in any conflict zone.

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  • CLIFFORD M DUNNAGAN
  • 08-07-18

I give it no stars.

It was nothing more than a "cuss" fest. Surely the author could use more imagination to use words other than profanity. I would not recommend this book to anyone. I'm a Vietnam Combat Vet.

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  • J LAN
  • 10-04-17

Well done....

Written without a single curse word. A basic journal of a grunts Vietnam story. A good story through departure from the 25th Infantry Division to reassignment with the 101st. At this point the story becomes exceptionally good....a great read. I served with the Royal Thai Army Black Panther Infantry Division at Bearcat, east of Saigon. Seeing the American war for an infantry soldier showed me who was doing the serious work.

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  • Michael
  • 09-05-13

What a waste

Just don't bother. It is a horrible read, listen, story...wow. What a turd. I've read almost everything on Vietnam, WW2 and Iraq/Afghanistan, and FINALLY thought "WTH", I'll try it. Nope. Nope. Nope. Its worse than a 6th grade book on Vietnam, if you took out the profanity and such, it would be written for a 10 year old. Uhghh,,,Hope I can get a credit back.

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