Vietnam Book One, I Pledge Allegiance – Chris Lynch

April 1, 2016

Chris Lynch’s I Pledge Allegiance, is a action thriller about a group of friends and their individual experiences in the Vietnam war. Before the war Morris, Rudy, Ivan and Beck were just normal kids. Their friendship was unique though. They had a bond as strong as a family, they made pacts and agreements that they all had to follow. One of the earliest pacts was if one of them got drafted that they all had to fight in the war. They were men of their word after one of them got drafted they all signed up.  Most of the boys didn’t mind but others were leaving behind college. In the end they all ended up going and keeping true their pact. Morris tries to keep their friendship during the war by writing and radio calling when the opportunity came on his boat in the Navy. It is up to Morris who works on a ship giving support to the army to keep his friends alive. Chris Lynch did a decent job of making me feel like I was there, with his description of a battle, on page 96, “We hear the distinctive sound of jet engines shrinking into the distance. Our guns continue firing for a moment while smoke and fire lap up from a section of the ship.” There were many other exciting parts in the book as well as dull and slow moving parts, but in the end I enjoyed it.

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