Vietnam #3: Free-Fire Zone

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Four best friends. Four ways to serve their country.

Morris, Rudi, Ivan, and Beck are best friends for life. So when one of the teens is drafted into the Vietnam War, the others sign up, too. Although they each serve in a different branch, they are fighting the war together -- and they promise to do all they can to come home together.

Rudi is perhaps the most concerned about whether or not he'll be able to keep that promise. After all -- and ...

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Overview


Four best friends. Four ways to serve their country.

Morris, Rudi, Ivan, and Beck are best friends for life. So when one of the teens is drafted into the Vietnam War, the others sign up, too. Although they each serve in a different branch, they are fighting the war together -- and they promise to do all they can to come home together.

Rudi is perhaps the most concerned about whether or not he'll be able to keep that promise. After all -- and he'd be the first to admit this -- he's not the most capable guy. He's not smart like Beck, or brave like Ivan. He lacks the strength of Morris's moral convictions.

But once Rudi is pulled kicking and screaming into the Marines, he at last finds something he's good at: following orders. Will that be enough to keep him alive? And if he does survive the war, will his best friends even recognize him on the other side?

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Editorial Reviews

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“Initiating a new series with this volume, Lynch offers something valuable: a very good war novel for a preteen and middle-school audience, with enough violence to be an honest portrayal of war, but without the sex and rough language that often keep such novels out of the hands of a ready audience. . . . Young readers will eagerly anticipate future installments in the series.” –Kirkus

"While realistic in feelings and actions, realistic language is toned down, a plus for younger readers. This will pull in young male readers and have them asking for the next installment. It looks like a war book, reads like a war book, and it makes you wonder how you would have acted in those situations. . . . Recommended." - Library Media Connection

Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
When Rudi received his draft notification he was beside himself. Sure, life in his neighborhood in Boston was tough as he was often bullied; but going to fight in Vietnam was another level of fear altogether. Rudi is surprised when his three closest friends elect to join various branches of the armed services and head out to Vietnam along with him. Once Rudi arrives in Southeast Asia he is overwhelmed by two things. First, warfare is nothing like he imagined it to be. Second, Rudi discovers that he is both a good Marine and capable of excelling in combat. Rudi swiftly becomes the go-to soldier in his company and willingly volunteers for the most dangerous and violent assignments. All through this evolution Rudi stays in touch with his friends but they see changes in him reflected in his letters. By book's end Rudi seems a strange bundle of contractions featuring personal bravery, purpose, and a growing detachment from the suffering of himself and others. Free-Fire Zone is book three in a four volume series based upon the wartime experiences of four friends serving in the American Armed Services during the later phases of the Vietnam War. In Free-Fire Zone author Chris Lynch presents readers with a gritty and unflinching look at what combat does to people. By book's end readers will wonder what could be worth such suffering? While elements of the other books in this series contain some plot points that stretch the reader's credulity, Free-Fire Zone does not, thus making it a sobering and powerful selection for adolescent readers. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545270250
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2012
  • Series: Vietnam Series , #3
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 710,266
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 860L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Chris Lynch is the author of numerous acclaimed books for middle-grade and teen readers, including the Cyberia series and the National Book Award finalist INEXCUSABLE. He teaches in the Lesley University creative writing MFA program, and divides his time between Massachusetts and Scotland.
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  • Posted April 13, 2013

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    This third book in the "Vietnam" series follows anothe

    This third book in the "Vietnam" series follows another young man, Rudi,  from the group of four best friends; the book works well as a stand-alone.  Rudi is drafted as a Marine and believes in the cause and in the Corps.  Although disallusioned when he realizes that many of the Marines in his unit bend the rules and don't follow orders, Rudi finds strength he didn't realize he had to soldier on and do the right thing.  There is violence appropriate for the combat setting and a good look at the psyche of soldiers under pressure and under fire.  Great historical fiction for teens.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2013

    Love it

    I got hooked on this series a few weeks ago. Ive neen hooked ever since! Great series!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2012

    Best book

    Me and my friend have been reading this series and we both love it.I had bought the first two books at a book sale at my school and then told my friend about it and ever since we have loved the series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 28, 2012

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    This is the third in a series about a young marine in Vietnam. T

    This is the third in a series about a young marine in Vietnam. The setting of book three is toward the middle and end of the war.

    Rudi is a marine who thrives on the adventure and “belonging” he finds as part of the Marines. He has to deal with many difficult situations but finds security in submitting to his superiors. Through his experiences in Vietnam he grows and conquers many fears.

    Vietnam is a well written book giving the reader a view of some of what a Marine faced during the war. The book does not concern itself too much with the policies of the war but more with the story of one Marines’ views and struggles. (reviewed A.Freeman)

    Author: Chris Lynch is the author of numerous acclaimed books for middle-grade and teen readers, including the Cyberia series and the National Book Award finalist INEXCUSABLE. He teaches in the Lesley University creative writing MFA program, and divides his time between Massachusetts and Scotland.

    DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy of Vietnam: Free-Fire Zone was provided by Scholastic in order to facilitate an honest review. Opinions expressed are solely those of the reviewer and there was no imposed obligation to render a positive review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2012

    Awesome

    Great writing again by Chris Lynch. Helpful facts about the Vietnam War for people studying it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2014

    Great

    You guys like these great book(it is totally awsome) try reading the dog tags

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2014

    Ok

    Its ok i guess.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2013

    Vietnam

    Wow. I feel kind bad for rudi ya know? He seems a little messed up. Guess combat does that to ya.

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