Editorial Reviews. Review. “Few writers since Stephen Crane have portrayed men at war with Kindle Store; ›; Kindle eBooks; ›; Literature & Fiction. Fields of Fire: A Novel by James Webb. Read online, or download in secure ePub format. Hailed as the most important novel to emerge from the Vietnam War when first published in , this book launched a spectacular writing career for James.
Fields of Fire is James Webb's classic novel of the Vietnam War, a novel of The Oregonian “Webb's book has the unmistakable sound of truth. Fields of fire: a novel by James Webb, James H. Webb; 9 editions; First published in DAISY for print-disabled Download ebook for print-disabled (DAISY). Shelves: kindle, four-star-plus, fiction, e-book . "Fields of Fire" a realistic Vietnam war book by James Webb, in the perspective of James Webbs experiences in.
There has been a plethora of non-fiction books dealing with war, particularly Iraq, but not a lot fiction. The reader can be witness to multiple points of view and gain an insight to the inner thoughts and fears of men in combat. Set in the novel follows a company of Marines focusing on three main characters. Hodges is the most central of the three and his story is of a young man whose father and grandfather have been war heroes and he feels obliged to follow their example and do his duty in Vietnam. Snake is the combat experienced and weary Marine who everyone looks to. He volunteered for the Marines to escape the path his life was taking. And Goodrich is the intellectual who dropped out of Harvard and got drafted. Webb presents the war in all its twisted glory and shame but without breaking the bond the reader quickly develops with the lead characters. You are immersed in the jungle and its claustrophobia, the monotony and futility of life as a soldier and the fear and insanity of being in combat. I doubt there is going to be a revival of the combat novel genre. Hopefully the classics of this genre remain in print because they are just as important as the non-fiction books on the subject.