Intense, powerful and compelling, MATTERHORN is an epic war novel in the tradition of Norman Mailer’s THE NAKED AND THE DEAD and James Jones’s THE THIN RED LINE. It is the timeless story of a young Marine lieutenant, Waino Mellas, and his comrades in Bravo Company, who are dropped into the mountain jungle of Vietnam as boys and forced to fight their way into manhood. Standing in their way are not merely the North Vietnamese but also monsoon rain and mud, leeches and tigers, disease and malnutrition. Almost as daunting, it turns out, are the obstacles they discover between each other: racial tension, competing ambitions and duplicitous superior officers. But when the company finds itself surrounded and outnumbered by a massive enemy regiment, the Marines are thrust into the raw and all-consuming terror of combat. The experience will change them forever.
Written over the course of 30 years by a highly decorated Vietnam veteran, MATTERHORN is a visceral and spellbinding novel about what it is like to be a young man at war. It is an unforgettable novel that transforms the tragedy of Vietnam into a powerful and universal story of courage, camaraderie and sacrifice: a parable not only of the war in Vietnam but of all war, and a testament to the redemptive power of literature.
MATTERHORN: A Novel of the Vietnam War © Copyright 2011 by Karl Marlantes. Reprinted with permission by Atlantic Monthly Press. All rights reserved.