For No Good Reason

For No Good Reason

by Steve Banko

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For No Good Reason by Steve Banko

In the Sixties, simple mistakes could have grave consequences. Josh Duffy makes one such mistake and pays an incredible price. One unfortunate encounter with the nuances of the higher education realities of that time and he finds himself thrust into an alien world of blood, death, and fire. It is an upside down world where the usual mores don't function. It is a world where killing is celebrated and compassion scorned. It is a world that Duffy must adapt to if he wishes to survive.
Follow him as he struggles with the enemy, with his leaders, and with conscience as he evolves from reluctant soldier to efficient killer to a committed leader.
If you ever wonder why soldiers come back from combat forever changed and irreversibly damaged... if you wonder what causes this post-traumatic disorder we hear so much about... if you lived in the Sixties and walked the razor's edge of conscription, you will want to read this book. It is the journey from sanity to the depths of madness and on to a path toward redemption.
It is a soldier's story told by an award-winning writer who has spoken on issues of war and peace across this country.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692716663
Publisher: No Frills Buffalo
Publication date: 09/20/2016
Pages: 318
Sales rank: 1,029,589
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.67(d)

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For No Good Reason 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The elevator pitch for “For No Good Reason,” Steve Banko’s powerful debut novel, might be Slaughterhouse Five meets Dispatches, with a sprinkling of Private Benjamin meets Catch-22. It’s the mid-1960s, and Josh Duffy, a Rust Belt high school athlete with a semi-devout Catholic upbringing, flunks out of college on a technicality, gets drafted into the U.S. Army, and ends up fighting in Vietnam, where he like so many others doesn’t belong. A reluctant but clever and an instinctively capable soldier -- like Banko himself, a highly decorated Viet Nam vet – Duffy quickly rises in rank and becomes a squad leader, concerned less with winning the war than surviving and keeping his troops alive. The firefights are vivid and horrific, and they pull the reader right into the sights, sounds and smells of this country’s war in Southeast Asia. They are also instructive, revealing the kind of smarts and bravery required to handle war physically and emotionally. The writing is clean and crisp, as if the words, sentences and paragraphs were given an order to let the story unfold uninterrupted at its relentless pace. Yet Duffy’s humanism is always present, as in this prologue to a battle: “I looked around the LZ at all the carnage: bloody shirts and pants, bodies lying with their faces covered, blood everywhere. The fires smoldering and stinking with the flesh it had burned. And that was just out side. How many of the other guys were down? How many fried by the napalm or the grassfires? How many did we shoot? And for what …” Banko may or may not have another novel in him. This is obviously the one he had to write. But let’s hope there’s more.
CASDLS More than 1 year ago
"For No Good Reason" is an in-depth view of a young man's horrific travels from carefree innocence to the evil's of war. This book is a riveting account of life in the unforgiving landscape known as 'NAM and the impact it has on our young men & women of the day. Steve Banko gives us an incredible glimpse into HELL on Earth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read for everyone and should be required reading for every high school and college American History student. One of the most realistic and accurate descriptions of a soldier’s experience in Vietnam that has been written! This author tells about the Vietnam War from the point of view of an American soldier who in order to survive was forced to suddenly surrender every virtuous thing he had ever believed. However, there are sections that will put a smile on the face of the reader. Be informed and entertained while you often laugh and cry at the same time. This book will not disappoint.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read for everyone and should be required reading for every high school and college American History student. One of the most realistic and accurate descriptions of a soldier’s experience in Vietnam that has been written! This author tells about the Vietnam War from the point of view of an American soldier who in order to survive was forced to suddenly surrender every virtuous thing he had ever believed. However, there are sections that will put a smile on the face of the reader. Be informed and entertained while you often laugh and cry at the same time. This book will not disappoint.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Vietnam Conflict, we can't call it a war that would be politically incorrect, changed the lives of not only the warriors who fought but the people at home. Duffy was an easy going college kid who through a bureaucratic foul up gets drafted and sent to "NAM". Duffy will no longer be the person he once was. Mr. Banko deftly and articulately illustrates the transformation of Duffy. With vivid passages of battle and interaction with his men Mr. Banko brings to life the horror of war and the personal consequences of battle. If you survive you are for ever changed. Mr. Banko, a decorated veteran himself, shows from experience the transformation that the horror of war does to a human being. Their lives are altered, never to be the same. Duffy is never the same as he was at the beginning and will never be. Mr. Banko demonstrates through Duffy the pain, disgust and pathos of the ultimate in human conflict. This book is a true learning experience for those of us fortunate to never have been on the field of battle and allows empathy for those who lived the horror. A great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Much has been written about the Vietnam War. Much less had been understood about it and the toll it inflicted on those who fought it. This excellent book helps us lay people understand a little better. It reminds us of a time when young men were yanked from civilian life and impressed into military service. It also reveals the emotional toll of being a civilian one day and a killer the next. The author has given us a long, stark look into the nightmare that must have been Vietnam. In doing so, he also pokes fun at the absurdity of war while putting military leadership under his microscope. This book was alternately funny, serious, disturbing, and horrifying. In a time of unending war, It should be required reading for those of not just the Vietnam generation but for everyone concerned about what war does to warriors.