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The true test for surviving war lies in the mind, not on the battlefield. Inspired by the author’s own experiences of US military operations during the Vietnam War, Boot is a debut literary novel that charts the journey of Marine George Orwell Hill, known affectionately as G. O. by his brothers-in-arms, as he comes to grips with the psychological impacts of war in the jung The true test for surviving war lies in the mind, not on the battlefield. Inspired by the author’s own experiences of US military operations during the Vietnam War, Boot is a debut literary novel that charts the journey of Marine George Orwell Hill, known affectionately as G. O. by his brothers-in-arms, as he comes to grips with the psychological impacts of war in the jungles and rice paddies of Southeast Asia. Faced with military life ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous, G. O. must navigate the absurdity of warfare and suppress his humanity to survive psychologically. The war challenges his presuppositions—about the world, about life, about himself—as soon as he lands in Vietnam. And his pondering deep questions about humanity becomes a fruitless task in a situation forcing him to accept life for what it is in every gory, absurd detail. Boot is a credible contribution to new literary fiction about the Vietnam War, combining satire and psychology in historical fiction.


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The true test for surviving war lies in the mind, not on the battlefield. Inspired by the author’s own experiences of US military operations during the Vietnam War, Boot is a debut literary novel that charts the journey of Marine George Orwell Hill, known affectionately as G. O. by his brothers-in-arms, as he comes to grips with the psychological impacts of war in the jung The true test for surviving war lies in the mind, not on the battlefield. Inspired by the author’s own experiences of US military operations during the Vietnam War, Boot is a debut literary novel that charts the journey of Marine George Orwell Hill, known affectionately as G. O. by his brothers-in-arms, as he comes to grips with the psychological impacts of war in the jungles and rice paddies of Southeast Asia. Faced with military life ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous, G. O. must navigate the absurdity of warfare and suppress his humanity to survive psychologically. The war challenges his presuppositions—about the world, about life, about himself—as soon as he lands in Vietnam. And his pondering deep questions about humanity becomes a fruitless task in a situation forcing him to accept life for what it is in every gory, absurd detail. Boot is a credible contribution to new literary fiction about the Vietnam War, combining satire and psychology in historical fiction.

30 review for Boot: A Sorta Novel of Vietnam

  1. 5 out of 5

    Píaras Cíonnaoíth

    Funny how mad the world can be sometimes.. Inspired by the author’s own experiences of US military operations during the Vietnam War, Boot: A Sorta Novel of Vietnam by Charles Templeton combines both satire and psychology in this wonderfully written and richly descriptive historical fiction. There’s no doubt for me that Boot: A Sorta Novel of Vietnam is an exceptionally well-written book. However, it must be said that this story is not for the faint-hearted. The author’s script at times is razor-s Funny how mad the world can be sometimes.. Inspired by the author’s own experiences of US military operations during the Vietnam War, Boot: A Sorta Novel of Vietnam by Charles Templeton combines both satire and psychology in this wonderfully written and richly descriptive historical fiction. There’s no doubt for me that Boot: A Sorta Novel of Vietnam is an exceptionally well-written book. However, it must be said that this story is not for the faint-hearted. The author’s script at times is razor-sharp and will cut deep into the emotions of its reader. There are shocking and intensely graphic scenes. Nevertheless, the themes and outcome are just as affecting in the arresting contemporary landscape when you consider you don’t have to look too far to see the appalling consequences of war even today. This ‘Sorta Novel’ could only have been written by an individual who experienced war firsthand. Read it and you’ll know what I mean. Highly recommended and a well deserved five stars from me.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Satish Kumar

    Reading Boot will take you back to the unvarnished life of combat in Vietnam

  3. 4 out of 5

    the-librarian

    Boot: A Sorta Novel of Vietnam is a fantastic and inventive entry into the crowded world of half-fiction, half-memoir experiences of the Vietnam war. This novel is part satire, part biting-criticism, part-reflection-on-the-human-experience, and all heart. There is a genuineness to the story, and the way it is told, that is often lacking in these sorts of novels. It is gripping and even terrifying at times. It is a real human offering a reflection on what it takes to mentally survive a war nobody Boot: A Sorta Novel of Vietnam is a fantastic and inventive entry into the crowded world of half-fiction, half-memoir experiences of the Vietnam war. This novel is part satire, part biting-criticism, part-reflection-on-the-human-experience, and all heart. There is a genuineness to the story, and the way it is told, that is often lacking in these sorts of novels. It is gripping and even terrifying at times. It is a real human offering a reflection on what it takes to mentally survive a war nobody is particularly excited about experiencing. A really great read!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Hernandez

    It took me a while to get into this story. Once the action started, it felt like a rated R version of M*A*S*H with switching army to navy and the war. It felt like a honest and brutal tale of what happens when folks go to war. They talk dirty, sometimes share feelings, build and fight, and try to go back home. If there were to be another war type show, I wouldn’t mind this one being made at all. It also reminds folks that they go through a lot in this, so we should care when they come home. We c It took me a while to get into this story. Once the action started, it felt like a rated R version of M*A*S*H with switching army to navy and the war. It felt like a honest and brutal tale of what happens when folks go to war. They talk dirty, sometimes share feelings, build and fight, and try to go back home. If there were to be another war type show, I wouldn’t mind this one being made at all. It also reminds folks that they go through a lot in this, so we should care when they come home. We care, but it’s still not enough.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Peggy Kjelgaard

    Boot: A Sorta Novel of Vietnam by author Charles L. Templeton is a dynamic story about the Vietnam war as seen through the eyes of a marine. It follows the soldier’s experiences from pre-enlistment to returning home. The journey for the reader is somewhat like the authors description of a helicopter’s up and down movement during a descent into a hot zone—"like being on a roller coaster, going from being weightless one moment to feeling like you weigh a thousand pounds the next.” The reader feels Boot: A Sorta Novel of Vietnam by author Charles L. Templeton is a dynamic story about the Vietnam war as seen through the eyes of a marine. It follows the soldier’s experiences from pre-enlistment to returning home. The journey for the reader is somewhat like the authors description of a helicopter’s up and down movement during a descent into a hot zone—"like being on a roller coaster, going from being weightless one moment to feeling like you weigh a thousand pounds the next.” The reader feels the heaviness of harrowing rescue missions as well as the weightlessness of incidents that are light-hearted and at times, even humorous. But, the most captivating part of the story is how the author vividly depicts the relationships between the soldiers. Many things make Boot a good read. The “marine talk” makes it feel real. The analogies are poignantly entertaining—a personal favorite. The names of all the colorful characters are the perfect solution for helping the reader keep everyone straight. The dialogue keeps the story moving at a perfect pace. The intensity of the rescues keep you on edge and then some far-out tale will have you laughing aloud. Finally, and most importantly, the serious undertones that play out are done exceptionally well, such as fears (of dying and living), racism, and politics. Author Charles Templeton does an outstanding job of sharing a very difficult time in our nation’s history with clever depictions of reality. He uses personal experience and a hint of humor to write a great novel. I highly recommend this book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    The Reader

    Wars do not just kills, they destroy people's souls. BOOT is a journey into this reality, and sometimes it appears so realistic, it makes me shudder. Through this novel, we get to travel with George Orwell Hill to Vietnam and we learn first-hand the reasons why wars should not allowed to take place, and that we should all do our best to contribute to peace. The author wrote this book based on his experiences during the Vietnam War. But more than that, he wrote with a special compassion that shed l Wars do not just kills, they destroy people's souls. BOOT is a journey into this reality, and sometimes it appears so realistic, it makes me shudder. Through this novel, we get to travel with George Orwell Hill to Vietnam and we learn first-hand the reasons why wars should not allowed to take place, and that we should all do our best to contribute to peace. The author wrote this book based on his experiences during the Vietnam War. But more than that, he wrote with a special compassion that shed light onto the humanity of those touched by wars. For that I am very grateful. A recommended read!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ruth Mitchell

    What a wonderful twist on the Viet Nam War. Templeton has you roaring with laughter on one page and crying on the next as he examines both the humor, stupidity and deeper issues of combat and war. Making the best of their situation these young warriors struggle with human issues such as racism, rank and honor. Great read. Don't miss it. What a wonderful twist on the Viet Nam War. Templeton has you roaring with laughter on one page and crying on the next as he examines both the humor, stupidity and deeper issues of combat and war. Making the best of their situation these young warriors struggle with human issues such as racism, rank and honor. Great read. Don't miss it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kelvin Jack

    Nice book

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jahidul Islam

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Nice collection

  10. 4 out of 5

    Gazi Mohammed

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Good

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sree Sai

    Very interesting book to read and good inspiration

  12. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Taylor

    A thrill-chasing read. For all of us of this generation, this is a look back from the other side. Pick it up. it's great! A thrill-chasing read. For all of us of this generation, this is a look back from the other side. Pick it up. it's great!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Hannon

    I expected an intense, action-packed story, and that’s what I got, just not in the way I expected. “Boot” is about a young, naïve, Marine helicopter crew chief from Texas, G. O. Hill. From nail-biting battle scenes to ludicrous sanity-saving escapades, this is a helluva roller-coaster read that doesn’t fail to entertain. What I enjoyed most about this book is meeting the animated array of assorted characters. I grew up overseas in a multi-cultural community and truly enjoy interacting with peopl I expected an intense, action-packed story, and that’s what I got, just not in the way I expected. “Boot” is about a young, naïve, Marine helicopter crew chief from Texas, G. O. Hill. From nail-biting battle scenes to ludicrous sanity-saving escapades, this is a helluva roller-coaster read that doesn’t fail to entertain. What I enjoyed most about this book is meeting the animated array of assorted characters. I grew up overseas in a multi-cultural community and truly enjoy interacting with people of diverse backgrounds and beliefs, so does G.O. For me, this book about the Vietnam war was a feel-good read. Like I said, not what I expected.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Prasad Devangam

    Boot is not your typical war story. It is reminiscent of Catch 22.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Verne Rudebusch

    A special book, talks about the experience of Marines, talking in battlefield language, with real people on the ground and in the air. The emotions of bullets whizzing, buddies dying, experiencing and personal growth from day one on arrival in Vietnam - there's nothing like it really, really worth the read and the experience. A special book, talks about the experience of Marines, talking in battlefield language, with real people on the ground and in the air. The emotions of bullets whizzing, buddies dying, experiencing and personal growth from day one on arrival in Vietnam - there's nothing like it really, really worth the read and the experience.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Md Atabur

    How do you maintain your humanity in a war? Read Boot and find your answer.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Khoniker Musafir

    Boot presents a vision of the Vietnam War that is grizzly, obscene, and fatal.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sayan Roy

    It’s a fun, wise and poignant trip through the war that made America modern.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Moheb Billa

    A book of drug induced hallucinations, paranoid ramblings, and psychological investigations

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bappa Bhakta

    Boot is not your Mama’s war story.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dk Singh

    If you loved Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow, you will love Boot.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dibik Tip Top

    A novel that takes quite a bit of decoding and deboning in order to devour.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Md Jahirul

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Welcome to Vietnam! A world of frightening realism and comic absurdity

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rumon

    I enjoyed your depiction of “the enemy” and how little they differed from our heroes.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Muhammad Sohail

    The hallucinatory episodes in Boot, remind this reader of William Burroughs’s Naked Lunch.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Hubab Ahmad

    Boot provides a look behind the curtains our country has placed around the Vietnam War

  27. 5 out of 5

    Susmita

    The Boot in an exciting must-read tale about the insanity of the Vietnam War.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rao Shoaib

    Boot is told through the eyes and heart of one who was there.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Adejumo Ridwan

    It is an interesting book to read

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lutfur

    Reading Boot made it difficult to pick out what was real and what was not.

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