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Blood Brotherhood
     

Blood Brotherhood

by M. Zachary Sherman, Fritz Casas (Illustrator), Marlon Ilagan (Illustrator)
 

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On December 1, 1950, during the heart of the Korean War, Lieutenant Everett Donovan awakens in a mortar crater behind enemy lines. During the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, a mine explosion has killed his entire platoon of U.S. Marines. Shaken and shivering from the subzero temps, the lieutenant struggles to his feet and stands among the bodies of his fellow Devil

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On December 1, 1950, during the heart of the Korean War, Lieutenant Everett Donovan awakens in a mortar crater behind enemy lines. During the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, a mine explosion has killed his entire platoon of U.S. Marines. Shaken and shivering from the subzero temps, the lieutenant struggles to his feet and stands among the bodies of his fellow Devil Dogs. Suddenly, a shot rings out! Donovan falls to his knees and when he looks up, he's face to face with his Korean counterpart. Both men know the standoff will end in brotherhood or blood — and neither choice will come easy.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kip Wilson
One of titles in the "Bloodlines" series, this book presents the information in an engaging format that is part comic book, part novel, and part textbook. This series introduces readers to the life of a specific soldier in wartime—all members of the Donovan family tree—as they face the realistic conditions of war, including the deaths of fellow soldiers. This particular book launches readers into Captain Everett Donovan's world as he wakes up on the edge of a mortar crater in North Korea during the Korean War. He is the lone survivor of a battle with no knowledge of what he had been through—and he is surrounded by bodies of fellow soldiers. Readers will immediately be thrown into the emotion of Donovan's story as he heads back to the Toktong pass and the Marine Forward Observation Base. The subsequent chapters are thick with tension as Donovan gets shot and comes face to face with the Korean sniper. Donovan passes out from the pain and wakes up to see the sniper standing over him with a bloody bayonet. The sniper—who had removed the bullet—helps him escape after other Korean soldiers arrive. The book ends with the sniper learning that the path where he sent Donovan to escape is unfortunately laced with land mines. He hears the explosion and is himself arrested for having helped Donovan in a tragic case where nobody wins. Sherman successfully uses the emotion from this soldier's personal story to bring the history behind it to life, providing a great springboard for young readers wanting to learn about the Korean War. Reviewer: Kip Wilson

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781434225597
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
01/01/2011
Series:
Capstone Bloodlines Series
Pages:
88
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
860L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 13 Years

Meet the Author

M. ZACHARY SHERMAN is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He has written comics for Marvel, Radical, Image, and Dark Horse. His recent work includes America's Army: The Graphic Novel, Earp: Saint for Sinners, and the second book in the SOCOM: SEAL Team Seven trilogy.

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