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The brother of an anti-war demonstrator, a young marine is fighting a war no one understands while his sister is fighting on the home front to end the war in Vietnam and bring her brother home. An agonizing dilemma plagues these brother-sister diarists. He is a Marine stationed in Vietnam. She is at home in America, far away from her brother's war zone, fighting for peace. The brother of an anti-war demonstrator, a young marine is fighting a war no one understands while his sister is fighting on the home front to end the war in Vietnam and bring her brother home. An agonizing dilemma plagues these brother-sister diarists. He is a Marine stationed in Vietnam. She is at home in America, far away from her brother's war zone, fighting for peace. As the marine writes in his journal about his experiences as a soldier, fighting an enemy he can't see, his siter seeks peace. In these gripping installments of DEAR AMERICA and MY NAME IS AMERICA, Ellen Emerson White captures the unique time period when America was at war both in a far-off place, and at home where adults and children alike marched in the streets for peace and freedo. Poignant and comlex, these two characters will give readers glimpse into perhaps the most tumultuous time in modern American history.


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The brother of an anti-war demonstrator, a young marine is fighting a war no one understands while his sister is fighting on the home front to end the war in Vietnam and bring her brother home. An agonizing dilemma plagues these brother-sister diarists. He is a Marine stationed in Vietnam. She is at home in America, far away from her brother's war zone, fighting for peace. The brother of an anti-war demonstrator, a young marine is fighting a war no one understands while his sister is fighting on the home front to end the war in Vietnam and bring her brother home. An agonizing dilemma plagues these brother-sister diarists. He is a Marine stationed in Vietnam. She is at home in America, far away from her brother's war zone, fighting for peace. As the marine writes in his journal about his experiences as a soldier, fighting an enemy he can't see, his siter seeks peace. In these gripping installments of DEAR AMERICA and MY NAME IS AMERICA, Ellen Emerson White captures the unique time period when America was at war both in a far-off place, and at home where adults and children alike marched in the streets for peace and freedo. Poignant and comlex, these two characters will give readers glimpse into perhaps the most tumultuous time in modern American history.

30 review for The Journal of Patrick Seamus Flaherty: United States Marine Corps, Khe Sanh, Vietnam, 1968

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sonny Moretta

    This book was very good. I think it might be my favorite book that I have read this year. It was crisp, it was detailed and it was a book that had every kind of emotion mentaly known to mankind itself. I trully am grateful for the service of our men and women that served our country in the armed forces in veitnam. It kept me glued to the book forever. The book begins with Patrick. A young man from Boston that passed up numorous football scholarships to volunteer to serve in vietnam. He Doesn't k This book was very good. I think it might be my favorite book that I have read this year. It was crisp, it was detailed and it was a book that had every kind of emotion mentaly known to mankind itself. I trully am grateful for the service of our men and women that served our country in the armed forces in veitnam. It kept me glued to the book forever. The book begins with Patrick. A young man from Boston that passed up numorous football scholarships to volunteer to serve in vietnam. He Doesn't know what to expect. He winds up going overseas and he is lost and he has made no aquantinces what so ever. He winds up on hill 881N and he is with his battalion guarding it throughout the whole war. He tells of the NVA bombing them constantly and of B-52 Bombers bombing all over the place. He makes friends and becomes one of them in the company. But at one point he says that he finally realises that he is in a war, a bad war. And itss true. He says that one person goes down in his battlation every day one the hill. The choppers sometimes can't get through because there is too much rocket fire from the NVA. But after his journey, he finally gets leave time behind enemy lines with all of his friends. He thought that everything was ok and normal because they were in a big base. But that night when they are all talking and reading. He doesn't remember anything. He wakes up in the hosipital. And I'll let you read the book so you can find out what happens.... I would recomend this book to anyone who wants to now what the veitnam war was like for an overage american G.I. This book revels so much to what happpended during the war. It releves so much on what goes on in the mind and daily life a vietnam veteren. This is an amazing book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ted

    A good account of the siege of Kha Sanh and of battles on the surrounding hillsides. The author is absolutely correct - Marines who served there never considered that their situation was hopeless or that they needed "saving". The only thing that doesn't ring true is that Private Flaherty would not have spent eight months recuperating at the Philadelphia Naval Hospital. Throughout the Vietnam War great efforts were made to send casualties to hospitals nearest their homes. Private Flaherty would h A good account of the siege of Kha Sanh and of battles on the surrounding hillsides. The author is absolutely correct - Marines who served there never considered that their situation was hopeless or that they needed "saving". The only thing that doesn't ring true is that Private Flaherty would not have spent eight months recuperating at the Philadelphia Naval Hospital. Throughout the Vietnam War great efforts were made to send casualties to hospitals nearest their homes. Private Flaherty would have undergone rehab at the Chelsea Naval Hospital in Boston which had an excellent orthopedics ward.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey Hanson

    This book was a lot better than the companion "Dear America" diary. Partly because I think "Where have all the flowers gone?" tried to cover too many topics at once while this one focused strictly on Patrick's experiences in Vietnam. It paints a much more detailed view of what the soldiers had to go through.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Faith

    Skimmed. Overall a good read, but I got wayyy too bored. Very Marine-like, though.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Malek Gallichio

    Book share Into No Man’s Land, is a journal about the experience of a young American soldier, Patrick Seamus Flaherty, who goes to war in Vietnam to fight for his country. From the US, Patrick is sent to base in South Vietnam were he gets his gear, however, he is soon put on a helicopter on his way to hill 8815, the hill were he will be fighting. He stays there for a couple of months, living in bad condition with little food. However he makes friends and attends his duty when the time comes. Af Book share Into No Man’s Land, is a journal about the experience of a young American soldier, Patrick Seamus Flaherty, who goes to war in Vietnam to fight for his country. From the US, Patrick is sent to base in South Vietnam were he gets his gear, however, he is soon put on a helicopter on his way to hill 8815, the hill were he will be fighting. He stays there for a couple of months, living in bad condition with little food. However he makes friends and attends his duty when the time comes. After finishing his service, along with his comrades, Patrick returns to a Base in South Vietnam where he gets ready to go back home. Unfortunately, one night at the base, the Marines were attacked, and most of Patrick’s friends were killed leaving him one of the only survivors. Throughout the story, one learns several facts about war such as the pain and violence it consists of, the lifestyle while at war, and the emotions one may have. The journal vividly explains the violence and pain of war, with clear details. It also describes the lifestyle, which is, supposedly, dreadful and miserable in both comfort and food. In addition, Patrick tells of his emotions lucidly, making the reader realize that war is nothing pleasurable, mentally and physically. Thus, reading this book enlightens the reader about the hardships, and difficulties in war. Throughout, In No Man’s Land, one will learn many facts, mostly about war. Some basic facts learned in this book, are that the Vietnam War started in 1955, and ended in 1975. One learns that Montagnard tribesman participated in the war effort to push back North Vietnamese. America and South Vietnam won the violent war, known as the “body count war” due to the amount of casualties. One also learns that Lyndon Johnson was President during the war, and all orders were under his command. Four words, in this book, that were interesting were, Viet Cong, AK-47, Vietnamization, and sergeant. These words are interesting, because they all have to do with the Vietnam War. (Acrostic poem at the end) As this book is about war in Vietnam, Into No Man’s Land is recommended to those who like war related topics. This book would be most appreciated by middle school boys, who enjoy reading about war. It is a journal, so one must be prepared to read a first point of view piece of writing, which states questions and opinions, as well as facts and information about what has happened and is happening. Into No Man’s Land is a one-of-a-kind war book, with great details and suspenseful stories about war attacks. Although sometimes sorrowful, this journal is a fantastic read for most boys. Thus, Into No Man’s Land is an impressive journal, always keeping the reader at the edge of their seat. Violent war In Vietnam against many Enemies who require smart Tactics to Neutralize And defeat with no Mercy Willing to fight A dangerous, cruel and Ruthless war

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sean Ross

    I found this book to be a great book about US Marines in Vietnam, some of the bloodiest battles in history. It shows the average life of a Marine grunt during the battle of Khe Sanh. You follow along with Patrick Seamus Flaherty and see the uncertainty of his every day life, like having to worry about being attacked by the unseen enemy and not knowing when the next supply ship would be arriving. Overall, this first person journal is an exciting read for those wondering about everyday life in war I found this book to be a great book about US Marines in Vietnam, some of the bloodiest battles in history. It shows the average life of a Marine grunt during the battle of Khe Sanh. You follow along with Patrick Seamus Flaherty and see the uncertainty of his every day life, like having to worry about being attacked by the unseen enemy and not knowing when the next supply ship would be arriving. Overall, this first person journal is an exciting read for those wondering about everyday life in war.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Joey S.

    I like this because you could imagine yourself there in Vietnam. It has you on the edge of you seat and has a great plot. Some of it does not have to do with war they also talk about things that were happening then like the civil right movement.

  8. 5 out of 5

    dukehomey24

    it is a very good book . i read the first book"we were heroes".

  9. 4 out of 5

    Carter

    “The Journal of Patrick Seamus Flaherty” by Ellen Emerson White. It’s about a young man who is stationed in Vietnam and his sister is working back home trying to get her brother back home to America and his father is old he was also in the army he tried to make a journal but couldn’t do it so he gave it to his son who made a journal about his army memories

  10. 4 out of 5

    Britt

    3.5 stars! Really good, I just don't know all the military talk/vocabulary

  11. 5 out of 5

    Landon

    I really liked this book it had alot of action and is a super good page turner

  12. 4 out of 5

    Danny Alban

    BOOM!! CRASH!! If these are the types of sounds that you enjoy, then “The Journal of Patrick Seamus Flaherty” is for you. “The Journal of Patrick Seamus Flaherty”, is on of the many stories in the ever so popular, “My Name Is America” series. This story was written by Ellen Emerson White. Although the book was released in 1997, the author does a very good job in making it feel like it was actually written in 1968. Now whether or not the book was hard to put down is up to you; however, for me, th BOOM!! CRASH!! If these are the types of sounds that you enjoy, then “The Journal of Patrick Seamus Flaherty” is for you. “The Journal of Patrick Seamus Flaherty”, is on of the many stories in the ever so popular, “My Name Is America” series. This story was written by Ellen Emerson White. Although the book was released in 1997, the author does a very good job in making it feel like it was actually written in 1968. Now whether or not the book was hard to put down is up to you; however, for me, the book was very addicting and one of the best books I have ever read. To go into more specific details on why the book was addicting, I will talk about the plot. Now, the plot of this story is about a young 18- year old named Patrick Flaherty, leaving his wonderful life in Boston to join the United States Marine Corp. Patrick heads for the exciting war in Vietnam. Scared, but brave, Patrick must deal with all of the emotions of a disturbing war. The setting of this story takes place in a distant hill called 881 South near both the villages and the base of Khe Sanh, Vietnam. The characters in this story consist of the people in Patrick’s squad. They are Fox, Hollywood, Bebop, and so on. The person that Patrick gets the closest to is Bebop, a guy from Detroit. The two share a trench when Hill 881 is attacked. Friendship is hard for Patrick because the men are constantly getting killed; the deaths are often times very tragic. Patrick is given a nickname by the people in his squad,” Mighty Mouse” after the carton character. The author does an amazing job describing the scenery, almost as if she was there herself; however, in reality she was never there even once. The gruesome effects in the story made it seem like she completely understood war talk and sound as if she was there in that very squad with Patrick. Since it is a journal, there are no chapter breaks, only really long dates. The beginning of the book talks about his life before going to war that I think you would enjoy. The author was so convincing that it could definitely have been someone’s story about Vietnam. Since it is based on actual events and was terminology of the time, it is a good book to depict Vietnam and the conflicts concerning the Vietnam War. When I read this book, I began to learn and understand some of the complexities of the Vietnam War. I honestly think you would enjoy this book, if you enjoy very interesting war books.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

    War! The things that scare us the most are dying and war... The book I read was by a Vietnam soldier, called “The Journal of Patrick Seamus Flaherty”, this is not the real name of the marine who fought in the war, nor is this a book series. The things that I liked about the book are that it is a nonfiction and I almost never read nonfiction. The second thing I liked about the book is that it is based off of the Vietnam War, the third thing I liked about the book is that the first battle was ver War! The things that scare us the most are dying and war... The book I read was by a Vietnam soldier, called “The Journal of Patrick Seamus Flaherty”, this is not the real name of the marine who fought in the war, nor is this a book series. The things that I liked about the book are that it is a nonfiction and I almost never read nonfiction. The second thing I liked about the book is that it is based off of the Vietnam War, the third thing I liked about the book is that the first battle was very fast paced and very interesting which got me hooked onto the book. The things that I did not like about the book is that the pages before the first battle were very slow and all it did was talk about Patrick digging down into the bunker of Hill 881S (S is for south and N is for north). While the Vietnam War was going on a high schooler signed up to be a marine on his 18th birthday. He exited boot camp and got sent to Khe Sanh a camp for marines in the north of South Vietnam. The book was a was fast paced action. The Vietnam War was interesting for me at first because a lot of our good men died in a war we shouldn’t have gotten ourselves into the war which ruined our friendship with South Vietnam. The very first battle was fast paced because the marine kept on thinking he was getting hit when he was just getting his canteens shot. It got four out of five stars because the pages before the first battle were very slow and all they did was talk about being prepared for contact which they normally wouldn’t have on a hill that was important, the NVA, North Vietnamese Army, had to capture the other hills. The thing that I also didn't like was that my favorite character had something happen to him that almost made me cry at the end when he was so happy when he got back to the base behind the camp that the 1st 2nd and 3rd platoon were staying at. The impression that the book left on me is that wars are never able to be missed and we will never quite learn from our mistakes. I learned that human nature is very cruel and almost meaningless since we all die in the end. The reason the book got four out of five stars is because it was based off of a real war, and I got hooked onto it when I don't usually like war books that much, the pages before the first battle were boring, and my favorite characters had something hapen to them at the end. This is why the book got four out of five stars.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Anastasia Lily

    * Hardcover: 188 pages * Publisher: Scholastic Inc.; 1 edition (June 1, 2002) * ISBN-10: 0439148901 * Author: Ellen Emerson White. * Cover art: I like how the series has a photo of a person during the time over a background photo. * Obtained: My personal library * Overall rating: ***** out of 5 stars The Journal of Patrick Seamus Flaherty Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews The brother of an anti-war demonstrator, a young marine is fighting a war no one understands while his sister is fight * Hardcover: 188 pages * Publisher: Scholastic Inc.; 1 edition (June 1, 2002) * ISBN-10: 0439148901 * Author: Ellen Emerson White. * Cover art: I like how the series has a photo of a person during the time over a background photo. * Obtained: My personal library * Overall rating: ***** out of 5 stars The Journal of Patrick Seamus Flaherty Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews The brother of an anti-war demonstrator, a young marine is fighting a war no one understands while his sister is fighting on the home front to end the war in Vietnam and bring her brother home. An agonizing dilemma plagues these brother-sister diarists. He is a Marine stationed in Vietnam. She is at home in America, far away from her brother's war zone, fighting for peace. As the marine writes in his journal about his experiences as a soldier, fighting an enemy he can't see, his sister seeks peace. (Synopsis provided by goodreads) I was a fan of the DA series when I was young. I got a few more recently and I bought Where have all the flowers gone? Which is the companion novel to this one. I got a copy of this one when I realized it was the companion and I read this one first. I really liked how the author brought Patrick, Bebop, Hollywood and Rotgut to life. The reader gets a small idea as to what it must have been like for the men who were at Khe Sanh in 1968. We get to know and love Patrick and his friends. We see how war rips some of this friends away and how Patrick deals with it. We also get to see how Patrick worries about his sister Molly who is back home in Boston. There were parts of this book that made me sad, and as crazy as it sounds I even laughed at one part. It shows the guys having fun. It was an excellent scene, for a short time, I forgot that the boys were in war zone, I was laughing right along with them. Then when the fun was over, I was thrown back and remembered, Oh yeah, the guys are fighting war. While the book says it's for ages 9 and up, if you are a parent, it might be a good idea to read it first. Since it is a war book there are some bits that not all children would be able to handle. I do recommend this book to everyone. Even if you don't normally read middle grade.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Taylor

    The journal of Patrick Seamus Flaherty had to much boring spots in it and it was really slow to get to the good parts. The only problem with this was that there wasnt many good parts in it. This book was based on true events but the reason why there is no true stories about vietnam was because no on can talk about it that were there and that fought in the war. The book starts off interesting it took you right into the battlefield and how any certain mistake could lead to death. One of patricks c The journal of Patrick Seamus Flaherty had to much boring spots in it and it was really slow to get to the good parts. The only problem with this was that there wasnt many good parts in it. This book was based on true events but the reason why there is no true stories about vietnam was because no on can talk about it that were there and that fought in the war. The book starts off interesting it took you right into the battlefield and how any certain mistake could lead to death. One of patricks commanders had tooken them into the wrong way and it was right into enemy lines and he almost lost his life one of his friends did die and this pretty much took you into the middle of the book. Patrick got all these letters from hes friends and family and he also sent them letters. The main letter that he had gotten was that his former girlfriend had married his brother and this crushed him because he still had feelings for her. The end was mainly what happens to people after they get back from war. Patrick never had a good time when he got back because of PDSD. Also President Johnson tried to make peace with vietnam when he called back bombings but he didnt win the election that year, Nixon won and he then escalted the war and made everything worse with Japan and this made everyone in america hate him after they thought the war was gonna be over but it was just beginning. This book was not the best but i expected that because it was only like an informational book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jason K

    biography Ellen Emerson White This book is about how Patrick deals with life in viet nam. At first when he gets to Viet nam he doesn't think it is all that bad but by the end of the story he thinks it is horrible. He gets stationed bt a hill call 881. He gets into a fight with one guy right away. The guy he fights eventually becomes one of Patricks friends and his name is rotgut. Nothing really happens at the hill until one guy named hollywood is digging and hits a mortar. He eventually dies but t biography Ellen Emerson White This book is about how Patrick deals with life in viet nam. At first when he gets to Viet nam he doesn't think it is all that bad but by the end of the story he thinks it is horrible. He gets stationed bt a hill call 881. He gets into a fight with one guy right away. The guy he fights eventually becomes one of Patricks friends and his name is rotgut. Nothing really happens at the hill until one guy named hollywood is digging and hits a mortar. He eventually dies but then the NVA starts doing a ton of attacks on the marines. So the marines strike back. Their is a granade that patrick barely dodges but it wounds Rotgut. Patrick tries to bring Rotgut back to a helicopter that brings bodies back to base and heals them. Rotgut punchs patrick for no reason. They bothmake it out alive and head back to base. Then a sniper keeps pesting their base and almost all of Patricks squad dies. Eventually Patricks tour is over and he heads back to the states. I think that this book is a good because of its constant action and I like to learn about war. a time when there is a ton of action is where rotgut barely makes it out alive when he is hit by some grenade shrapnel. A time when it taught about war was when he describedall of the tactics that they were using I rated this a four because it didn't really have any bad points accept the beginning where it started out slow.

  17. 5 out of 5

    RyanMcTighe

    The Journal of Patrick Seamus Flaherty is a non-fiction book about a man in the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam in 1968. Patrick joins the Marines but later on he wishes he never had. They are always under attack in Khe Sanh. He loses many friends throughout the story. There is a very strong Theme in this book. Soldiers such as "Hollywood" joined the Marines knowing he was going to die. I recommend this book . There are more stories in this other than just combat. It made me feel like I was Patrick The Journal of Patrick Seamus Flaherty is a non-fiction book about a man in the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam in 1968. Patrick joins the Marines but later on he wishes he never had. They are always under attack in Khe Sanh. He loses many friends throughout the story. There is a very strong Theme in this book. Soldiers such as "Hollywood" joined the Marines knowing he was going to die. I recommend this book . There are more stories in this other than just combat. It made me feel like I was Patrick at times on the battle field. The details of the combat make you picture what is going on in the story. This book was easy yet very interesting to read. I like how the author writes it making it to realistic, as it is. She did not tweak anything and make it seem different than it actually was. If I were to rate this book out of 10 i would give it an 8/10. If I was in a library I would not directly go to this book, yet if I had to read it for a report, I would enjoy it very much. If you grew up during the time of the Vietnam war, I definitely recommend this book to show you what it was like for people in Vietnam rather than not (basically to see the other side of life during that time). I would recommend this if you are interested in war history. This book really does a good job making you interested and tellling you what it was like during 1968 for a teenager (18) to be in the Vietnam War.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ms. McCall

    The journal account of a teen who volunteered to fight in the Vietnam War following his graduation from high school, this book exceeded my expectations of the My Name is America series. I was interested in reading this title because it was the most recent title from the series that my library had, but what kept my interest was the narration from our protagonist Patrick Flaherty. Something that will resonate with local readers is that Flaherty is from Boston and loves the Red Sox, an element tha The journal account of a teen who volunteered to fight in the Vietnam War following his graduation from high school, this book exceeded my expectations of the My Name is America series. I was interested in reading this title because it was the most recent title from the series that my library had, but what kept my interest was the narration from our protagonist Patrick Flaherty. Something that will resonate with local readers is that Flaherty is from Boston and loves the Red Sox, an element that may help said reader to place himself into the context of the novel whether or not they are familiar with the time period. I enjoyed that while the narrator tries to come off as touch in his journal, he is honest enough to admit when he’s afraid and when he truly starts to feel like he’s a part of the war, not just the periphery. While I anticipated this book to be a cookie-cutter title amongst its counterparts in the series, I was pleased that Flaherty’s voice was not censored nor subdued: he spoke of viewing topless women in the villages and envying the men who lived there (p. 35). There was also a great deal of gore, death and loss, with Flaherty even losing his best friend right before going home. Overall, his sense of regret in joining the Marine and his use of military terminology throughout made this book feel really true to the times and the lifestyle of living amongst war.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Josh Powell

    Ellen White has done an amazing job sharing the story of a Vietnam Veteran through his eyes. It's done so well you have to change your entire perspective on war. The Journal of Patrick Seamus Flaherty is a story of struggle, humor, and the will to survive. Patrick is fresh out of high school when he gets drafted to Vietnam. His little sister wants him to keep a journal so that she can read it when he gets home. Little did he or she know he saw and experienced a lot more than he bargained for. To Ellen White has done an amazing job sharing the story of a Vietnam Veteran through his eyes. It's done so well you have to change your entire perspective on war. The Journal of Patrick Seamus Flaherty is a story of struggle, humor, and the will to survive. Patrick is fresh out of high school when he gets drafted to Vietnam. His little sister wants him to keep a journal so that she can read it when he gets home. Little did he or she know he saw and experienced a lot more than he bargained for. To get home he must survive a daily battle for his own life. This book truly does capture the horror of war. He makes unlikely friends, fights the Communists in Vietnam, and tries to stay alive long enough so that he can take the journal home to his sister. Any one who wants to know what war is truly like, or wants to understand the experience of a war veteran would enjoy this book. There were times where you felt truly sad for Patrick in his journal. There were other times where you couldn't help but laugh. I enjoyed the fact that this book isn't simply depressing. I also appreciate the fact that it shows how terrible actual war is. I didn't always enjoy how brutal is was though but that is war and you can't change that.Overall, the book keeps the reader in suspense, makes them laugh, and maybe even cry. At the end of the day though, this book is worth a read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jagpar Singh

    The Journal of Patrick Seamus Flaherty: United States Marine Corps, Khe Sanh, Vietnam, 1968 is a well-written book in the view of a soldier fighting in the Vietnam War. It is very realistic and when I was reading it, I felt like I was watching a detailed documentary about Patrick's military life. I enjoy reading war novels and enjoyed this one too. Although it was a nice read I do think it has its flaws. The two main flaws that I found were that some parts were lacking sufficient detail and it w The Journal of Patrick Seamus Flaherty: United States Marine Corps, Khe Sanh, Vietnam, 1968 is a well-written book in the view of a soldier fighting in the Vietnam War. It is very realistic and when I was reading it, I felt like I was watching a detailed documentary about Patrick's military life. I enjoy reading war novels and enjoyed this one too. Although it was a nice read I do think it has its flaws. The two main flaws that I found were that some parts were lacking sufficient detail and it was hard to understand what the author meant. Some parts seemed like they were written very quickly and neglectfully while others had intense imagery. I also think that the conclusion and last twenty pages of the book were rushed and the ending did not really solve the problem. Overall I enjoyed reading this book but I did have some complaints. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys journal-type books, war journals, war novels, or any type of historical fiction.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Zack Marcinkiewicz

    Patrick Seamus Flaherty is an 18 year old man from Boston who enlists with the United States Marine Corps. Patrick feels obligated to serve because he comes from a military family. He is stationed in Khe Sanh, Vietnam in 1968. But before he leaves to Vietnam his father gives him a small journal where he records his thoughts, feelings, and basically everything that happens while he is in the war. When he lands in Vietnam he immediately realizes that he’s not in Boston anymore. He makes some life Patrick Seamus Flaherty is an 18 year old man from Boston who enlists with the United States Marine Corps. Patrick feels obligated to serve because he comes from a military family. He is stationed in Khe Sanh, Vietnam in 1968. But before he leaves to Vietnam his father gives him a small journal where he records his thoughts, feelings, and basically everything that happens while he is in the war. When he lands in Vietnam he immediately realizes that he’s not in Boston anymore. He makes some lifelong friends and loses some as well. Personally, I love anything war related. I love the idea of serving my country and I’m considering it as a career choice and this book made me realize what I’d be getting myself into. Any young man like me, who wants to serve their country, would find this book amazing. It’s the real deal. It’s not like a video game where you always win. It portrays the hardships that Marines have to go through as well as the rewards and satisfaction that accompanies those hardships. It helps you to have a better understanding of what serving your country is truly about and that it means more than being tough and able to shoot a gun.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jacob

    Into No Man's Land by Ellen Emerson White was a good book. It's about a nineteen year old, Patrick Seamus Flaherty, who is stationed at Khe Sanh, Vietnam in 1968 during the Vietnam War. He is a Marine whose job is to defend Hill 881S. The book is about him defending the hill, life in the hot jungle, friends made and lost due to the results of war and personal questions of whether he was making a difference or not. Patrick kept a detailed journal of his experience during his tour of duty which wa Into No Man's Land by Ellen Emerson White was a good book. It's about a nineteen year old, Patrick Seamus Flaherty, who is stationed at Khe Sanh, Vietnam in 1968 during the Vietnam War. He is a Marine whose job is to defend Hill 881S. The book is about him defending the hill, life in the hot jungle, friends made and lost due to the results of war and personal questions of whether he was making a difference or not. Patrick kept a detailed journal of his experience during his tour of duty which was used to write the book. This book was good because it was interesting. It told the life of a young man defending his country in a war he wasn't sure was worth it. Patrick originally was planning on going to college but then decided to enlist in the Marines. The book was especially good because it went into great detail about the area where he was stationed and what his life was like. The book was slow in the beginning but then picked up. This book would be good for people who like war stories. It's factually correct, provides strong images of war and captures the reader's attention. It also helps people to understand how hard war is.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    This book take the events of Khe Sanh during the U.S. and Vietnam war and is written in journal format from a fictional characters standpoint. From what i see, the Authors purpose for writing this book is to give his audience a a idea of what the Vietnam war was like and doing it in a more free way. The fictional characters used in the story not only give the author more opportunity for dialog, but makes it really easy to see character development. A good majority of the book is about and the re This book take the events of Khe Sanh during the U.S. and Vietnam war and is written in journal format from a fictional characters standpoint. From what i see, the Authors purpose for writing this book is to give his audience a a idea of what the Vietnam war was like and doing it in a more free way. The fictional characters used in the story not only give the author more opportunity for dialog, but makes it really easy to see character development. A good majority of the book is about and the rest of his squad deployed on top of a hill, waiting for action. As action does arise, it quickly escalates, and eventually turns into one of the biggest campaigns of the war. As we see the war progress faster and faster we see Patric and his squad becoming experienced Marines who are also war torn. I rate this book a 4 simply because it was depressing finding out it wasn't a actual journal, and its not entirely accurate. I would recommend this book for military fanatics and those who like fictional war stories. Its a fast and easy read that i don't think would be regretted.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Francisco Rodriguez

    Hey you guys this is Francisco Rodriguez & i'am going to create a summary of this book ! This journal about Patrick Seamus Flaherty is in parts of glory & parts of horrifying scenes. Patrick is a 18 year old marine fighting in the vietnam war.Throughout this book patrick shares his experiences on the battlefield and with the other soldiers.This kid goes through living hell but untouched until one day he is taking a nap and his tent gets hit by a mortar! His left arm gets blown apart and he loses Hey you guys this is Francisco Rodriguez & i'am going to create a summary of this book ! This journal about Patrick Seamus Flaherty is in parts of glory & parts of horrifying scenes. Patrick is a 18 year old marine fighting in the vietnam war.Throughout this book patrick shares his experiences on the battlefield and with the other soldiers.This kid goes through living hell but untouched until one day he is taking a nap and his tent gets hit by a mortar! His left arm gets blown apart and he loses at the very end he says ''What else is there to say ?'', & leaves you there just hanging. I really liked this book because it told you about how a real soldier went through a war. Another reason i liked this book was because it taught you abut world war 2. I also liked the book because I like to read about other people killing each other. I think people who like to learn about history would enjoy this book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Brooke

    Although written for young readers, this book provides great exposure to military culture, some specific to the Marines, and some more general. It's a fast read that covers a range of characters you've likely seen on film, but that doesn't make them any less compelling. The descriptions of fighting are as vivid as those of the quiet moments. Most importantly, the "journal" and the notes at the end of the book provide an excellent view into the causes, futility, and aftermath of the Vietnam War. Although written for young readers, this book provides great exposure to military culture, some specific to the Marines, and some more general. It's a fast read that covers a range of characters you've likely seen on film, but that doesn't make them any less compelling. The descriptions of fighting are as vivid as those of the quiet moments. Most importantly, the "journal" and the notes at the end of the book provide an excellent view into the causes, futility, and aftermath of the Vietnam War. This would be a great book not only for younger students, but also for ELL students or for other people who, regardless of age, are looking for a short introduction to Vietnam. As the daughter of a Vietnam veteran, I was pleased to recognize many phrases and situations while also learning a few new things. The bad part? Knowing that this book was originally published in 2002, and knowing all that's happened since then.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kwal kowalski

    This is a very good book. It takes place in vietnam. The begining of this book starts very slow. It took me a couple trys to finaly read the whole book. I became disinterested the first two times I atempted to read this book because there wasn't a very good hook at the beginning. Once i finally read the beginning i really enjoyed this book. The characters in this book were Scott and a few of his friends. Some of his best friends in Vietnam were Behop, Professor. Behop was a round character bec This is a very good book. It takes place in vietnam. The begining of this book starts very slow. It took me a couple trys to finaly read the whole book. I became disinterested the first two times I atempted to read this book because there wasn't a very good hook at the beginning. Once i finally read the beginning i really enjoyed this book. The characters in this book were Scott and a few of his friends. Some of his best friends in Vietnam were Behop, Professor. Behop was a round character because he had many sides to him. He would be very quiet and then be very active. While professor was a flat character. He was known for reading and being smart. Irony had a major influence on this book. They would think they were going into a major battle but it was just a walk in the woods. The ending swipes you off your feet.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Carson

    The Journal of Patrick Seamus Flaherty: United States Marine Corps 188 pages Ellen Emerson White This is a story about a young man named Patrick, who was drafted into the Marine Corps in 1968. This is his story of what his life was like before he was drafted. Patrick also talks about his experiences in boot camp. He shares about his time spent in Vietnam. While in Vietnam, Patrick talks about the search and destroy missions he went on and how he got in firefights. This historical fiction book allow The Journal of Patrick Seamus Flaherty: United States Marine Corps 188 pages Ellen Emerson White This is a story about a young man named Patrick, who was drafted into the Marine Corps in 1968. This is his story of what his life was like before he was drafted. Patrick also talks about his experiences in boot camp. He shares about his time spent in Vietnam. While in Vietnam, Patrick talks about the search and destroy missions he went on and how he got in firefights. This historical fiction book allows people to learn about what everyday life was like as a soldier. I really liked this book because I learned a lot about what military life was like. This was also probably my most favorite book I have ever read. I recommend this book to people who like action and history, as well as people who have an interest in military.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kolton

    Into No Man's Land is a compelling and riveting novel that takes you into the heart of Khe Sanh, Vietnam. This Day-to-Day journal of the challenges and hardships faced by the main character of the book, Patrick Seamus Flaherty, is both exciting and a tragedy all at the same time. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time, but then throw you back once you find out one of the good guys has died. This book is powerful and full of beautiful writing, but is difficult not to feel Into No Man's Land is a compelling and riveting novel that takes you into the heart of Khe Sanh, Vietnam. This Day-to-Day journal of the challenges and hardships faced by the main character of the book, Patrick Seamus Flaherty, is both exciting and a tragedy all at the same time. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time, but then throw you back once you find out one of the good guys has died. This book is powerful and full of beautiful writing, but is difficult not to feel some of the pain and hardship described so graphically throughout this novel. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone of my friends and classmates. Overall, this book graphically describes the hardships and challenges faced by Patrick, but also shows the camaraderie and friendship that is so strong between these Marines.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    I have a hard time finding books that I get hooked to. A lot of the time I start reading them, but I tune out because its not interesting, but this book is completely different. It starts off a little slow but it quickly gets to the action and you get hooked right off the bat. I loved reading this novel. There wasn't a time where I wasn't interested in what I was reading. If you are interested in the Military, wars, guns, violence. Then this is a perfect read for you. One thing that I took away I have a hard time finding books that I get hooked to. A lot of the time I start reading them, but I tune out because its not interesting, but this book is completely different. It starts off a little slow but it quickly gets to the action and you get hooked right off the bat. I loved reading this novel. There wasn't a time where I wasn't interested in what I was reading. If you are interested in the Military, wars, guns, violence. Then this is a perfect read for you. One thing that I took away from reading this book is that you can't take what you have or the opportunities you have for granted. This book was everything I expected it to be. The whole time I read it created a wonderful image in my head, felt like I was watching a movie. Sometimes it made me feel sad, like I actually knew the characters.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cinnamon

    Patrick Flaherty turned down several football scholarships to enlist in the Marines. He was following in the footsteps of his father, uncle and grandfather by serving in the military during a time of war. Before he left home, his father gave him a journal to write in, and even though Patrick hates to write, he makes the attempt. What he finds is that writing in the journal helps him deal with horrors of war that he sees every day. For many months, Patrick's unit is in the center of a bloody, dan Patrick Flaherty turned down several football scholarships to enlist in the Marines. He was following in the footsteps of his father, uncle and grandfather by serving in the military during a time of war. Before he left home, his father gave him a journal to write in, and even though Patrick hates to write, he makes the attempt. What he finds is that writing in the journal helps him deal with horrors of war that he sees every day. For many months, Patrick's unit is in the center of a bloody, dangerous stand-off, fighting with the enemy for a group of hills. He sees helicoptors shot out of the sky, commands change because the leader was injured or killed, best friends dying. He writes it all in his journal.

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