Unconventional Warfare (Special Forces, Book 1)

Unconventional Warfare (Special Forces, Book 1)

by Chris Lynch

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YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
Danny Manion cannot help misbehaving; after his mother left, his father has trouble managing his gaggle of sons, of which Danny is the most troublesome and violent. He beats people up to release his anger, and one day, after getting caught stealing (“borrowing”) a motorcycle, a judge offers him the choice to join the army in the Vietnam War or go to prison. Danny, of course, chooses the former. Because of his wrestling coach’s position in the military, he and his camera join an elite unit, the book detailing both the operations of the unit and the tragedies that come with sneaking away with a camera. At one point, Danny’s friends are killed on a photo expedition. At the end of the book, he ends up going home, having served. The key issue here comes from the treatment of war. Although many other books in this genre are explicit in the horrors of war and violence, this book does not really deal with that, leaving Danny a much unchanged, extremely violent boy. He has not absorbed the inhumanity of all he has experienced, and in truth, many characters talk about Americans being in Vietnam solely to kill without any indication that this is bad. With so many other books in this genre covering war in a more interesting and impactful way, it would be a shame to read this because it does not deal with the moral and psychological effects of all this death, particularly on an already violent person like Danny. Nathan P, age 16, Delaware Valley Mensa