• by John Podlaski
  • Narrated by Michael Sutherland
  • 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When a soldier leaves for war, those left behind often wonder what their loved ones are experiencing. Letters home are always cheerful and vague - no sense in worrying the family. Then upon returning home, these young soldiers do not want to talk about their experiences. Family and friends allege they are now distant, changed, and not the same person they remember from several months earlier. What causes this?
Although the backdrop for this novel is the Vietnam War, "cherries" exist in every war. They are the young "newbie" soldiers, who are trained for war. However, most are not ready to absorb the harsh physical, mental, and emotional stress of war. Once they come under fire and witness death firsthand, a life-changing transition begins. This eye-opening account offers listeners an in-depth look into the everyday struggles of these young infantry soldiers. You'll feel their fear, awe, drama, and sorrow, witness the bravery and sometimes laugh at their humor.
No two war experiences are the same, but after finishing Cherries - A Vietnam War Novel, readers will have a much better understanding as to why these changes occur and why our military heroes are different upon their return home. Veterans will relate!


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Customer Reviews

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Vets of the Nam will understand...

Not real crazy about the musical fanfare starting each chapter l, nor the Oriental music ending them. it took away from the story line and was distracting. Other than that, the story was excellent. It conveyed the deep anguish over the loss or wounding of soldiers by their "brothers" quite accurately.
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- Jim

Awesome production value!

Great novel, written by a vet who was there. If you liked Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes, you will love this book.
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- Brian

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-07-2012
  • Publisher: John Podlaski