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A high-stakes, gripping survival novel from Steve Watkins, set during the Vietnam War.
The last place on earth Taylor Sorenson wants to be is in Saigon in the middle of the Vietnam War. His mom dragged him here to visit his dad, who's stationed at the US embassy, and Taylor is bored out of his skull. One night, during an embassy dinner, he decides to sneak out to see the Tet celebrations in the city. But before he makes it very far, fighting erupts across all of South Vietnam--and Taylor is captured by the North Vietnamese Army.
Realizing he could be an important bargaining chip, the NVA decides to move Taylor to the North. The only way there is the Ho Chi Ming Trail, a series of dangerous paths that snake from South Vietnam through Laos and Cambodia before finally reaching North Vietnam. But thousands have died on the trail, and Taylor doesn't know what's waiting for him at the end.
What follows is a harrowing journey during one of the most controversial wars in US history, where one boy is forced to confront the true cost of war, and what it really means to survive.
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)|
|Age Range:||12 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Steve Watkins is the author of the novels On Blood Road;Juvie; What Comes After; Great Falls; Sink or Swim; Down Sand Mountain, winner of the Golden Kite Award; and the Ghosts of War series, including The Secret of Midway, Lost at Khe Sanh, AWOL in North Africa, and Fallen in Fredericksburg.
A former professor of journalism, creative writing, and Vietnam War literature, Steve now runs a nonprofit yoga studio and works with an urban reforestation organization in his hometown of Fredericksburg, Virginia.
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On Blood Road (a Vietnam War novel): A Vietnam War Novel based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Taylor Sorenson was a normal teenager attending an elite private school in New York until his mother dragged him to Saigon, Vietnam to see his father: the Special Attaché to the US Embassy. Despite his initial plan to enjoy the city, a small act of rebellion quickly accumulated into one of the most life changing days of young Taylor’s life. When attempting to visit a local night club, the boy is captured by Viet Cong soldiers who transport him and many other prisoners to a remote location. After their arrival, some of the soldiers realize who Taylor is and with this revelation decide to transport him along the infamous Ho Ching Ming Trail where Taylor first handedly witnesses the grimness of the Vietnam War. If you are looking for a captivating historical fiction book, this is the book for you. I was enthralled by this book and even read it in one sitting! Overall, I would highly recommend this book for ages 14 to 18 because at points the imagery can be veering on the edge of grotesque. Despite this, I absolutely loved the novel, and really enjoyed both the plot line and characters! Grace P., Age 17, Mensa 76