The Expendables

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"Military fiction buffs looking for immersion in authentic renderings of infantry combat will appreciate Scott's latest Vietnam war story."
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Four men who had nothing in common — except the raw courage that was their greatest weapon during the fierce thirty-five-day conflict of the Ia Drang. This is the story of the men who fought with them — and the 304 who didn't return.

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Overview

"Military fiction buffs looking for immersion in authentic renderings of infantry combat will appreciate Scott's latest Vietnam war story."
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
Four men who had nothing in common — except the raw courage that was their greatest weapon during the fierce thirty-five-day conflict of the Ia Drang. This is the story of the men who fought with them — and the 304 who didn't return.

The author of Charlie Mike presents his fourth military-action-packed novel. Men like Vinny, Blake, Eugene, and tough old Flynn had nothing in common--except the raw courage that was their greatest weapon during the fierce 35-day battle of la Drang. This is their story and the story of the men who fought with them--who didn't return.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Military fiction buffs looking for immersion in authentic renderings of infantry combat will appreciate Scott's ( The Hill ) latest Vietnam war story. Shawn Flynn returns from fighting in Vietnamp. 62 to find his home life has gone sour. His career almost goes the same way until a pal with some rank gets him in on developing a new unit, the First Cavalry (Airmobile) Division. Shawn's best men turn out to be an unlikely quartet joined by strong bonds formed during basic and airborne training: Blake Alexander, whose only constant in life is in failing to meet his rich father's high standards; Vinny Martino, a South Philadelphian who grew up streetwise; Eugene Day, a black radical civil rights activist; and Lee Calhoon, a hardworking but poor rural Georgian. Together they face battles against North Vietnamese regulars. These characters are not drawn with finesse or depth, but they are established as individuals and this is adequate to Scott's purposes: the sense of horror instilled by his battle scenes depends not on the drama of these particular characters caught up in such carnage, but from our comprehending that real people were. (July)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345484871
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/1995
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 640,982
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2006

    It's a gotta read book.

    This book is great. It takes you through the lives of all the men involed. When I first began reading it I kept asking myself how does this come together. All the people involved come from different lifestyles and in the end they show the true meaning of brotherhood. In my opinion are very few parts that make you lose interest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2002

    One of the Best

    I've read many books for my short life. I've read anywhere from classics to sci-fi. I've even read classic sci-fi (H.G. Wells). I've read Homer, Dickens, and Dumas. I've also read alot of non-fiction books on Veitnam my father's a Vetran and I got a intrest on this subject from him. So I decided to read some Veitnam Fiction. I found this book and began to read. I finished it in one day. It was probably one of the best stories I've ever read and much better than any movie I've ever seen. I just felt for these characters so much and it felt like I knew them all personaly. I really didn't want this book to end I've read other books by Mr. Scott and they were all good but not even close to this one. I felt so sad at the end and the ending was to me by far the best part of the book. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone please read this book you won't be disapointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2002

    the best book i have ever read

    a great war story about four young men and their experiences in vietnam. Leonard B. Scott is trully a artist

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2001

    That's what I call a book!!

    I got this book about 3 years ago and just started reading about the middle of last year and I just couldn't put it down. It was so realistitic I thought I was in the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2000

    OUTSTANDING BOOK, REAL LIFE AND VERY VERY PRESISE

    THIS BOOK HAD ME ON THE EDGE OF MY SEAT. READ IT NONE STOP IN ONE SITTING. I COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 1999

    Excellent book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is one of the best books I have ever read. It must be because I have read it at least 7 times and it gets better every time. Leonard Scott is an exceptional writer.

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