War Fiction : Fallen Angels

1362 Words Jan 29th, 2016 6 Pages
The war novel Fallen Angels is the ideal example of what any war fiction should strive to be. It’s relatable, realistic, and graphic themes are common in the battlefield and should be depicted as such. Myers really used his experience in the army to his advantage for creating a sense of actually being involved with the characters and the relationships between them. It is difficult to keep track of the ranks and names of the squad members and leaders, but that’s what the military is really like. The sense of complication and confusion are a big aspect of what makes up war fiction. The books starts off with Richard Perry, a black 17 year old from Harlem who didn’t see his life going anywhere back in the states. After dropping out of high school, he couldn’t really afford to support his mother and his little brother, Kenny. With nowhere else to go he joins the U.S army. Confident his knee injury will keep him out of the war, he expected to be processed and stationed in Germany. After basic training, he did not get what he wished for, but instead was sent to the heart of the war in Vietnam. Upon arrival, Perry meets the comical “Peewee” and Jenkins. Perry and Jenkins’ relationship was cut short as Jenkins unfortunately walked right on top of a land mine on a path that was supposedly marked to be safe. Perry was very shaken up as he had just met Jenkins and he wasn’t expecting much combat because the high amount of rumors about the war coming to an end. Richard finally sees the…
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