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  • Posted October 29, 2009

    In the Air on Fallen Angels

    The Walter Dean Meyers book, Fallen Angels, is a classic story of the Vietnam war. It tells the story of a young boy who has left his mother and son to go to fight in the Vietnam War. This boy, Richie, dwells on this often even through the heart wrenching death and fighting scenes.
    This book was told very simply and straight forward. There was a boy in the war who missed his family. It was very simple with not enough edgy and exciting things. There were many thrilling scenes however in the end those fell flat against the plenty of reflection moments on Richie's family. There was too much thinking about the home and not enough fighting and entanglement in the war. I enjoyed the occasional heartfelt moment of a soldier missing their family, but the reoccurrence of this in almost each chapter lessened the impact.
    Though a little down on the violent side, this book did however, depict the part of the war unseen to many much better than most books. Meyers depicted the barracks very well along with the brawls, actions and appearance of the happenings and soldiers in the barracks. The secret view of the soldier's lives filled in for the lack of descriptive violence.
    I also found the twist and turn of events in the book to b great. The book starts off with Richie heading to war, however the war is said to be almost over, and the soldiers are specking of heading to Hawaii. This soon fades as the amount of attacks heighten, soldiers start dying and men are moved in and out of the war. The change of setting keeps you wanting to read and find the new destination.
    All in all, this booked lacked my interest during some occurrences, but engaged me in others. I believe Fallen Angels is a generally good book.

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  • Posted May 21, 2009

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    This is a pretty good book

    The title of the book I just finished reading was Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Meyers. I believe that the author wrote this book to show how horrible the Vietnam War was, to show dedication and salute to his brother who was in the war, to reveal his own personal thoughts through his writings of what he truly thought of the war, and to show what his recollection of what he imagined the war to be like. The intended audience towards this book would be readers who enjoy war stories, or possibly Vietnam War veterans. I believe he chose this type of group to relate to, because it is a wide range of people, and to see if these type of people agree with his thoughts. The narrator is Richie Perry, and the story is told through his personal experience. The story revolves around what Perry goes through on a regular basis during his time in Nam. The narrator's point of view in the story shows a major resemblance to the thoughts of Walter Dean Meyers. You can tell that Perry doesn't believe there is a purpose to the war, and that he doesn't believe he should be there. The only purpose to why I can think that it is important that Perry tells the story, is because he reveals the thoughts of the author. The author portrayed the characters as people in real life. Each character had the traits of a normal American Citizen. Every situation in the story had a sense of accuracy to real life, because it was based upon the Vietnam War. I think that everything was believable, because from what I know about wars, every aspect of the book seems to be realistic to that of a true war.
    The character that I could connect with the most would be Richie Perry, because of how he responded to being in the war, and his background in general. He was a basketball player, who loved his family, and didn't believe that he had a purpose for being in the war. He was terrified at the thought of combat, and also wanted to go back to the United States. I relate to this character because I play basketball, and I too would have the same relevant feelings towards the war as Perry did. I believe that the author was successful in what he was trying to get across to the reader. I truly think that I learned what the author was trying to get at. After reading the book, I found out what war was really like, because of the vivid accurate examples Walter Dean Meyers gave. His brother was in the actual Vietnam War and from the letters he would write home, Meyers could write an accurate book. I also realized that the Vietnam War seemed to be kind of pointless. In many parts of the combat scenes, it seemed as if the American troops were killing for pointless reasons, and going into combat for no purpose. Also while I was reading the book, I imagined what an actual war would be like, and how it would feel to shoot at someone on the opposing side. Many times in the book, Meyers described how Perry felt when he shot at the Vietnamese soldiers, and how he was always petrified of dying. Perry would pray to God that he would make it out alive and to live another day every time he went into battle. Perry states, " God. What to tell God? That I'm scared? That I'm so scared that my heart might stop any moment? That my heart might stop without the fragments of metal that would rip it apart? God. What to tell God? That I didn't want to die? That I was like everybody else over here, trying to cling to a few more days of life? (Meyers 289) This is an amazing quote that pretty much e

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2007

    ok book

    I didn't really like this book to an extent but towards the end, but at the begining of the book it was rally good because there was a lot of action and killig. 'I think that there are too many bad wordsm in the book.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2004

    iT WAS OK


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