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"The best Vietnam War novels yet for this age range." - Kirkus Reviews 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. Of the four, it's Beck "The best Vietnam War novels yet for this age range." - Kirkus Reviews 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. Of the four, it's Beck that has the most to lose. He's the smart one of the bunch, and he could be -- SHOULD be -- going to college. His parents certainly think so. But he has a pact to honor, and so Beck enlists in the US Air Force. As their tours of duty near completion and the war itself spirals further out of control, the four best friends are at last on a collision course. Will they all survive long enough to be reunited?


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"The best Vietnam War novels yet for this age range." - Kirkus Reviews 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. Of the four, it's Beck "The best Vietnam War novels yet for this age range." - Kirkus Reviews 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. Of the four, it's Beck that has the most to lose. He's the smart one of the bunch, and he could be -- SHOULD be -- going to college. His parents certainly think so. But he has a pact to honor, and so Beck enlists in the US Air Force. As their tours of duty near completion and the war itself spirals further out of control, the four best friends are at last on a collision course. Will they all survive long enough to be reunited?

30 review for Casualties of War

  1. 5 out of 5

    Riley Himes

    It was a great book one of my favorites, the only thing i don't like is the ending. It was a great book one of my favorites, the only thing i don't like is the ending.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Barber

    The fourth and final installment in Chris Lynch's Vietnam series, Casualties of War follows Beck, the smarty pants of the group of four friends this series revolves around. Due to the oath sworn by the four that if one of them goes to Vietnam they'll all go. Beck joins up with the Air Force, finding what joy he can in the war by maintaining the aircraft. Casualties of War can't quite stand up by itself in the same way books two and three could've, and relies heavily on those two books for its plo The fourth and final installment in Chris Lynch's Vietnam series, Casualties of War follows Beck, the smarty pants of the group of four friends this series revolves around. Due to the oath sworn by the four that if one of them goes to Vietnam they'll all go. Beck joins up with the Air Force, finding what joy he can in the war by maintaining the aircraft. Casualties of War can't quite stand up by itself in the same way books two and three could've, and relies heavily on those two books for its plot, and while books two and three give good insight into the other three characters (Ivan, Morris, and Rudie) I felt like they sold Beck short. Even though this book is about Beck, it still feels more like a capstone on the Ivan/Rudie plot, leaving Beck out in the cold once again. That's not to say Beck doesn't get to shine for a little while. We see how he has a different sort of battle to face, coming from a home of intellectuals who are extremely against the war, and don't understand why Beck would leave to join when he doesn't have to go. Now, for the ending. The ending is explosive. Morris and Beck get pushed aside so that we can see the end result of Ivan and Rudie. The ending will be lost on anyone who hasn't read those two character's books, but for those who have, it ends in a (sadly) fitting way. I thought it was the perfect way to end the series, and am dying to see if other people caught the implications I saw in the last pages. (So drop me a line if you've finished it). Anyway, I recommend the series as a good war series for younger readers. It shows the horrors of war without getting too graphic.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tweller83

    Not sure this one would stand on it's own and i didn't get enough of the "smart" i thought i would from this charachter. Good series, one all middle schools should have. The ending was sad, but realistic and left you wondering about something about the friends. Makes me think i need to go back to book one to check something out. The boys will like this series so i will certainly recommend it. Not sure this one would stand on it's own and i didn't get enough of the "smart" i thought i would from this charachter. Good series, one all middle schools should have. The ending was sad, but realistic and left you wondering about something about the friends. Makes me think i need to go back to book one to check something out. The boys will like this series so i will certainly recommend it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cuyler Baldwin

    I liked the book because it showed a good representation of what the war was like. It showed what the soldiers had to go through and it had great detail. I was hooked to it because it was action packed and had a twist around every corner. The book had a good story line and the heart break of losing teammates, friends, and family.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Derrick Bojorquez

    This book is AMAZING!Though it had a sad ending the characters throughout the story where amazing and it was sad to see *SPOILERS AHEAD* what Rudi had become killing people for Ivan and even though he died at the end it was still great to see this monster that Rudi had become.*SPOILERS END* Great book and character build up and would recommend.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Melenia

    This wasn't quiet as good as the other three books, but I still enjoyed it. The ending was killer though and I'm not sure that I'm happy with it. The book in itself wasn't very stand alone as the others were and it made it less enjoyable. I wish there had been a future view at the end of the book of what happened to the guys after they got back or if they even made it back. This wasn't quiet as good as the other three books, but I still enjoyed it. The ending was killer though and I'm not sure that I'm happy with it. The book in itself wasn't very stand alone as the others were and it made it less enjoyable. I wish there had been a future view at the end of the book of what happened to the guys after they got back or if they even made it back.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Krystian

    This book Was really good. It showed how war affects people and where they live in a way I've never heard. There's action, drama and all sorts of awesome and interesting things in this book, it will keep you on the edge of your seat. This story is about 4 friends that make a pact or a promise that if one of them gets drafted into the military for the Vietnam war then every one volunteers No matter what. Great book and a fun read. This book Was really good. It showed how war affects people and where they live in a way I've never heard. There's action, drama and all sorts of awesome and interesting things in this book, it will keep you on the edge of your seat. This story is about 4 friends that make a pact or a promise that if one of them gets drafted into the military for the Vietnam war then every one volunteers No matter what. Great book and a fun read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    I loved this series by Chris Lynch. It showed how each character was changed by the Vietnam War. Warning: the end of this book (and the series) is a shocker and I found it quite upsetting although it made sense based on the circumstances. I was hoping that the author would write a follow up book, but I don't think it is happening. I loved this series by Chris Lynch. It showed how each character was changed by the Vietnam War. Warning: the end of this book (and the series) is a shocker and I found it quite upsetting although it made sense based on the circumstances. I was hoping that the author would write a follow up book, but I don't think it is happening.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Brode L

    The book I’m reading is Casualties of War by Chris Lynch. The Lexile value is 890. Beck the main charter is a very smart guy who goes off to Vietnam. Everyone in his family thinks this is a horrible choice because he could of gone off to a very good college. His goal is to take it one day at a time until he leaves. But that will be tested at the experiences of the war first hand. One time on a normal mission his plane gets hit badly by a missile. His plane dives down then BOOM. he is thrown into The book I’m reading is Casualties of War by Chris Lynch. The Lexile value is 890. Beck the main charter is a very smart guy who goes off to Vietnam. Everyone in his family thinks this is a horrible choice because he could of gone off to a very good college. His goal is to take it one day at a time until he leaves. But that will be tested at the experiences of the war first hand. One time on a normal mission his plane gets hit badly by a missile. His plane dives down then BOOM. he is thrown into the jungle with only a pistol. Will, he survive? The theme of the book is don’t get too deep. It develops by Beck starting to be friends with an escort pilot, then next flight his plane gets blown up. “Then annihilates the A-1. and it’s Pilot”(p.24). Another time is when Beck is helping his buddy deliver bombs to the fighter jets. About 15 minutes later those bombs blew up killing everyone in that hanger.”That was the revetment we just- ‘I know’ he says flatly” (p.54). The final time is when Beck’s best friend Rudi is on patrol and gets shot by a sniper killing him instantly. “‘No’ I scream, using both hands to stop the blood” (p.181). I really liked this book but it also had some braw backs. One was it was easy for me to read. Another one was how the book ended that was when Rudi got killed. But the book was very good. Such as the way the book made you want to keep reading it. Also the way it felt real instead of a historical fiction book like what it is.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Elijah L

    My book is called Casualties of war, the author is Chris Lynch the book is really interesting i've read his other Vietnam books and their cool to read them because it seems so realistic. I was personally affected by it because most of his squad dies. Some specific things the author does to make the book realistic is how he explains the fighting, and it makes it seem like your in the book fighting the war with the squad in the book “ Another rocket slams us, tearing into the tail , and i can't e My book is called Casualties of war, the author is Chris Lynch the book is really interesting i've read his other Vietnam books and their cool to read them because it seems so realistic. I was personally affected by it because most of his squad dies. Some specific things the author does to make the book realistic is how he explains the fighting, and it makes it seem like your in the book fighting the war with the squad in the book “ Another rocket slams us, tearing into the tail , and i can't even attempt to get u right now as the plane twirls like a huge oak leaf falling from a tree.” I really recommend this book if u like war book because this book does really good on explaining the war and how everything happens it explains in good details i really like this book just because i'm really into war or historical fiction books.The book was kinda confusing at some parts but not all the parts, it was fairly hard to read but not really hard because it was confusing at some parts. Some connections i made with other war books is that they're all interesting.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Brendan Trohon

    I thought that this book was very good, for a reader who likes action and violence I thought this book was very good. I was confused at the beginning on why a very smart intelligent boy would want to go to war when he could have gotten a great education and had a even better life? But he used his knowledge to help him fix planes if damage were done to them and fix the guns. Anytime he had to shoot a gun from above he would always have the mentality that he did not shoot anyone which led him to d I thought that this book was very good, for a reader who likes action and violence I thought this book was very good. I was confused at the beginning on why a very smart intelligent boy would want to go to war when he could have gotten a great education and had a even better life? But he used his knowledge to help him fix planes if damage were done to them and fix the guns. Anytime he had to shoot a gun from above he would always have the mentality that he did not shoot anyone which led him to do greater things. I would recommend this book to people who like war books, violence and action this was a very interesting book that kept me wanting to keep reading.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jorge

    When his three best friends go to Vietnam, Beck knows he must honor his promise to go with them. He joins in the US Air Force, where he's able to work as a mechanic, learning about planes and helicopters and supersonic jets. He has not seen any VC yet, but neither has he seen his friends, so when he gets shot down while on a routine mission of spraying Agent Orange(A herbicide), he finds himself vowing to get back to his friends. Finally, he does after a VC spares him. He gets a return trip home When his three best friends go to Vietnam, Beck knows he must honor his promise to go with them. He joins in the US Air Force, where he's able to work as a mechanic, learning about planes and helicopters and supersonic jets. He has not seen any VC yet, but neither has he seen his friends, so when he gets shot down while on a routine mission of spraying Agent Orange(A herbicide), he finds himself vowing to get back to his friends. Finally, he does after a VC spares him. He gets a return trip home and is visiting his family and his friends family, and answering all of there questions. He thinks he can stay home. Little does he know, Vietnam is not done with him yet.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Paul Lawrence

    This is a book about the ambiguities of war. About how it affects the men who fight, in both good and bad ways. About how ridiculous war can be. And about how it changes those who fight in them. The writing is excellent. The story is very interesting. Four boys, all childhood friends, decide to go to war together, because one wanted to and the others promised. How it affects each of them is the subject of the story, told from the POV of one of them. This is not a story about combat. It's about how This is a book about the ambiguities of war. About how it affects the men who fight, in both good and bad ways. About how ridiculous war can be. And about how it changes those who fight in them. The writing is excellent. The story is very interesting. Four boys, all childhood friends, decide to go to war together, because one wanted to and the others promised. How it affects each of them is the subject of the story, told from the POV of one of them. This is not a story about combat. It's about how war affects men's minds and hearts and changes them as brutality becomes a way of life.

  14. 4 out of 5

    FranciscoW._8Rdg

    The book “The casualties of war” was about what branch Morris, Rudie, Ivan, and Beck were going to be assigned to. The book then talked about what kind of weaponry they used in and during the war. It also talked about their memories when they were children, like playing baseball. I liked the part when they talked about what they used for war.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Evan Smith

    Casualties of War is a very unsuspecting book. Many things happen throughout the book and at the end, a young comrade dies in a very confusing way. Did he die to a fellow comrade? You might Find out in the next book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mikulas Derer

    This book is another great historical fiction book. It shows the lives of young soldiers during the war and how the men and woman had to fight. It takes on a character who has to fight his way through war. This book is great!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Caleb Garcia

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book gave grave detail on the Vietnam war and he is in the army trying to survive from the victimize and gave detail about what happens in the army.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kole

    This book was really exciting and fun to read! I enjoyed reading it! The whole book had me on the edge of my seat. I can't wait to read the next book! This book was really exciting and fun to read! I enjoyed reading it! The whole book had me on the edge of my seat. I can't wait to read the next book!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Garret Ault

    I liked this book. It was funny and educating.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    What a heart wrenching book. The author does a really good job at keeping the reader at the edge of their seat.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mackenzie Thompson

    It was really difficult to read this book alongside TTTC because they are so similar in topic, but O'Brien trumps Lynch with his content and writing style. It was really difficult to read this book alongside TTTC because they are so similar in topic, but O'Brien trumps Lynch with his content and writing style.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    good book

  23. 5 out of 5

    Gabe

    Pretty good, accurate representation of the culture at the time.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kayla

    I loved the book, but the ending was sad. I thought it would've been better if the ending was different. :) I loved the book, but the ending was sad. I thought it would've been better if the ending was different. :)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Called it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Barb Lebo

    Loved this series. Helped me learn more about the Vietnam War.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ryder

    Casualties of War is about 4 friends who go to Vietnam and are slit up because they have different jobs to do in the war. Rudi is the most afraid of going to war but he wanted to be with his friends. Rudi's jobs is an aircraft carrier and is struck down. Him and his captain are stuck in Vietnam territory when a group of Vietnam solider go and check it out. Rudi and the captain hid for a very long time until they move along and they go back to there army camp. When he gets back to camp he meets u Casualties of War is about 4 friends who go to Vietnam and are slit up because they have different jobs to do in the war. Rudi is the most afraid of going to war but he wanted to be with his friends. Rudi's jobs is an aircraft carrier and is struck down. Him and his captain are stuck in Vietnam territory when a group of Vietnam solider go and check it out. Rudi and the captain hid for a very long time until they move along and they go back to there army camp. When he gets back to camp he meets up with 2 other friends and talk about there adventures. One friend wasn't there so they go back to help him fight.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. going back vietnmam then meet up 2 of his budys and the 3 of them go 50 miles to find rudie and fight battel and rudie is hit and dies

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy

    Casualties of War (Vietnam #4) Lexical Range: 890L. This book is about four friends who join the Vietnam War together. The book takes place in the 1st person view of Beck, one of the four friends. Beck is in the Air Force and he repairs the planes. After talking with Morris, one of the four friends, they decide to try to meet in some sort of middle ground. The book mainly revolves around Beck and his work for the first half. It does a good job of describing what is happening when he is in and out Casualties of War (Vietnam #4) Lexical Range: 890L. This book is about four friends who join the Vietnam War together. The book takes place in the 1st person view of Beck, one of the four friends. Beck is in the Air Force and he repairs the planes. After talking with Morris, one of the four friends, they decide to try to meet in some sort of middle ground. The book mainly revolves around Beck and his work for the first half. It does a good job of describing what is happening when he is in and out of the battle field. It’s mild for the first part, besides the part about the plane Beck is on is a Agent Orange, then it gets good towards the middle. I don’t want to give too much details as this, for me, was the best part. Let’s just say he gets out of his comfort zone in war at that time. The other half of the book is not mild, but not really changing from the action packed theme. It’s enjoyable, but slightly annoying. Honestly, this book is a solid 3.5. There are some parts where the author could have done a little better, but none the less, it was a great book. I spread out my reading time so I could have more time reading this instead of finishing it and moving onto another book. The way the author articulates the sentences is beautiful. It’s no Shakespeare, but it’s great for it’s age group. A bad thing though is it’s slightly predictable, but easily avoidable if you really don’t think ahead. I’d definitely recommend this to people who are into the action and/or war genre. I would re-read this book and its predecessors so I could get more details that I may have missed or find new information when reading the other stories.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Banjamin

    Have you ever seen war from the sky? The book I am review is called Casualties of War by Chris Lynch has a lexile level of 890. It is about Beck, a United States Air Force (USAF) Mechanic, he is trying to learn about planes and helicopters. He is placed on the Provider, a plane that sprays Agent Orange, a gas that kills all the foliage, in the lush jungles and forests of Vietnam. He is accompanied by Capt. Avery, Lt. Hall, and Fingers, his companion on the plane, he has a companion when he is n Have you ever seen war from the sky? The book I am review is called Casualties of War by Chris Lynch has a lexile level of 890. It is about Beck, a United States Air Force (USAF) Mechanic, he is trying to learn about planes and helicopters. He is placed on the Provider, a plane that sprays Agent Orange, a gas that kills all the foliage, in the lush jungles and forests of Vietnam. He is accompanied by Capt. Avery, Lt. Hall, and Fingers, his companion on the plane, he has a companion when he is not on the plane, he is Carney. Carney´s deployment is about to end at Phu Cat, the air base they are all stationed at. He has a goal never to kill anyone while he is stationed at Phu Cat. Beck later figures out that is more to war than he thought. Beck tells his own story about his times in Vietnam, he is trying to get back with his friends, Morris, Rudi, and Ivan, who are all in different branches of the army. Over the course of the book Beck realizes that war is worse than he thinks that he will eventually have to kill in order to survive. He also realizes that if you see someone die that is just part of war, he sees a fighter jet get shot out of the sky by an anti-aircraft missile. He sees a lot of his companions die and he has to realize that war is more than just killing and doing damage, it is also dealing with loss and learning how to grieve loss of friends, or companions. The setting also develops Beck as a character, when bad things happen Beck is trapped in the middle of a jungle in a rainstorm with lightning driving the mood. When Beck is trapped he is sludging around in the mud and can hear the enemy sludging and can cover himself in mood to disguise himself so he doesn't get caught. He is also not heard because of the rain and all that is going on around him. When his companions come to his rescue the rain starts to lighten up and it is perfectly clear when he has left the jungle. I would recommend this book for a middle school reader. It was fairly easy for me to read but I am above my grade for my book level. The ending was very good the character having the conflict of coming together was great. My favorite part was when Beck and Lt. Hall were stuck in the jungle alone and caught by the Vietcong. During the book I could make connections to when I am trying to set up a sleepover and not everyone can be there I had to keep changing so everyone can make it to the sleepover. Overall Casualties of war by Chris Lynch is a good book in my opinion. What would you do if you were Beck?

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