Cherries - A Vietnam War Novel [NOOK Book]

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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...
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Overview

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! Buy "Cherries" and read about it for yourself!
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Editorial Reviews

karynda Lewis
With striking detail and brutal honesty, Cherries is nothing if not
compelling. Every bit as gritty and shocking as can be imagined, Cherries: A Vietnam
War Novel is a refreshingly honest account of a life few of us would ever choose
to live – and, thus, should feel fortunate that we don’t have to. A highly
recommended read.
Bernie Weisz
I am not quite sure where to start with John Podlaski's blockbuster book "Cherries", a fictionalized account of his 1970 to 1971 tour as a foot soldier in South Vietnam. As an avid reader of many historical memoirs, both fiction and autobiographical, rarely have I found one as in depth and revealing as Mr. Podlaski's work...Regardless of the aspect of fiction being the backdrop, this story is so real, with nothing missed. Cherries is more accurate than 100 memoirs combined.
Jerry Kunnath
I started to sense the intensity of the story line on page 1. I could feel, early on, the terror and evident dangers that the ‘Cherries’ and the seasoned grunts alike, relayed into the words of the composition. I haven’t been so sucked into finishing a book in years. The intensity of the experience, belied by the truthful, down to earth renderings of John’s gifted narration, had me riveted with interest to see what lies ahead on the next page and then the next chapter
Janet Schupe
I am not a person who generally reads war novels, but I really couldn't put this book down. I read it twice! I found it fascinating...The author of Cherries - A Vietnam War Novel takes you along on the journey where you get to watch the main character grow from a scared young kid just out of high school into a savvy, skilled leader in the span of a year, and he helps you to understand how it happens.
Terry Rizzuti
This is an amazing book that I could never have written. When I told my story I had to fill it full of the emotion I felt but never expressed in Vietnam. Podlaski, on the other hand, managed to stay true to the original experience by telling his story with little or no emotion. The effect is that Cherries is an excellent primer for students of the Vietnam War that are interested in the grunt experience. The last chapter alone is well worth the price of this book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781468934472
  • Publisher: Booktango
  • Publication date: 7/29/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 71,393
  • File size: 423 KB

Meet the Author

John Podlaski served in Vietnam during 1970 and 1971 as an infantryman with both the Wolfhounds of the 25th Division and the 501st Infantry Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star, two Air Medals, and a Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. He has spent the years since Vietnam working in various management positions within the automotive industry, and he recently received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. John is a member of both the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 154 and The Great Lakes South East Michigan Chapter of Harley Owners Group (HOG) and lives with his wife, Janice, in Sterling Heights, Michigan. This is his first novel.
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  • Posted August 4, 2010

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    War As Seen Through The Eyes Of Babes

    Over the past 30 years, many accounts have been written of the brutal realities of the Vietnam War. Chronicling everything from the harsh conditions in which the soldiers were forced to live to the widespread death that surrounded them, said accounts have often spared no detail in highlighting the grim circumstances of the monumental conflict.

    Throughout the pages of Cherries: A Vietnam War Novel, though, author John Podlaski treats the reader to an up-close-and-personal look at a specific subset of the Vietnam War: its effects on the naïve young recruits who fought in it. Dubbed "Cherries" by their more seasoned peers, these newbies suddenly found themselves thrust in the middle of a nightmarish scenario for which not even their worst dreams could prepare them; as such, they were hardly ready to absorb the harsh mental, emotional, and physical toll that the conflict would eventually take on them. Literally forced to become men overnight, the Cherries had to learn quick to make life-or-death decisions, the consequences of which not only impacted their own lives - but also those of their fellow soldiers.

    With striking detail and brutal honesty, Cherries is nothing if not compelling. Largely compiled from Podlaski's real life experiences, his eye-opening account offers the readers an in depth look into the everyday struggles with which the young recruits were forced to contend. The reader may find it surprising though, to learn that - despite the death, terror, and mayhem that surrounded them - the soldiers were often able to find humor in their situations, even to the extent of adopting quite self-deprecating ways of looking at their own fates. One can only assume that the tremendous psychological toll of war gives rise to this unexpected phenomenon, as being confronted with the glaring prospect of your own mortality every day surely fosters a profound, unique appreciation of the frailties of the human psyche.

    Every bit as gritty and shocking as can be imagined, Cherries: A Vietnam War Novel is a refreshingly honest account of a life few of us would ever choose to live - and, thus, should feel fortunate that we don't have to. A highly recommended read.


    Karynda Lewis
    Apex Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2013

    I landed in Vietnam in May of 1967 at the age of 18 and less tha

    I landed in Vietnam in May of 1967 at the age of 18 and less than one year out of high school. This book brought back so many memories and experiences that I went through. Any Vietnam veteran can relate to this book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2012

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    All too often we read books where the authors write from their L

    All too often we read books where the authors write from their LACK of experience. John Podlaski writes and brings what only could be accomplished by someone with personal on the ground experience. In 1975 I joined the Army, went Infantry and was surrounded by Vietnam Combat Veterans who shared their experiences and stories with us Cherries. Reading John Podlaski’s Cherries quickly brought back the similarities of shared accounts and training provided by the Vietnam Veterans. Cherries immediately conveyed a story and message of firsthand experience, providing detail, heart, soul and experiences.

    Cherries is what can be considered an authentic story that anyone who was or still is in the Infantry can quickly identify and relate with. John Podlaski has incorporated connections with characters, life in the bush, tactics and blended them into stories within stories. While there is plenty of action, it is the detail that draws the reader into a learning experience about life in the Vietnam jungle, about relationships, loss and surviving what was called the “Nam.”

    If you’re a Vietnam Veteran you’ll understand and relate… If you want to learn and understand what it was like in the real Vietnam then this is the book. If you’re looking for the Hollywood war movie, this is not it…this is the real deal.

    Warren Martin author – Forgotten Soldiers: What Happened to Jacob Walden

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 5, 2012

    For people who want to understand what happened over there.

    I have not yet finished Johns book, but I can tell you that I am right next to John while reading. Seeing what those young men had to go thru just to stay alive. Sometimes that didn't not happen and the loss that was felt at home and in the field that is why you never knew their names.

    Everyone should read this book to understand why our Men and Woman from Vietnam had such a hard time fitting in when they came home and still are.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 17, 2014

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    Posted March 17, 2014

    Silvermoon

    Pads in. "May i join?"

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    Posted March 15, 2014

    Silverfang

    Ok after he returns from silverclan hell talk to her. Tell me at silverclan if ya want something. Bye

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    "Just came back from the Capitol of Minnesota!! It was beautiful..."

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    Posted March 20, 2014

    Cherrystar to all

    Wonr be on for awhile that means the other two i rp wont be on

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