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Grades 6 - 8Grades 4 - 10n/a5.735528
Morris, Rudi, Ivan, and Beck were best friends. So when one of them was drafted into the Vietnam War, the others signed up, too. They promised to watch out for one another. They pledged to come home together.

Now, that pledge has been broken. One of the four has been killed in action. And the remaining three are the only men alive who know the awful truth about their friend's death.

Each is left to deal with their secret in his own way. One of them will accompany his friend's body home to Boston. One of them will defy orders in an act of protest. And one of them will decide it's up to him to single-handedly win the war.

In the end, Vietnam may claim more than their lives. As the war grinds on, their very souls are at stake. And their shattered friendship will prove either their salvation... or their ruin.
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published on October 21, 2014 by Scholastic Press
ISBN-10: 054564013X
ISBN-13: 9780545640138
2 Book Reviews
  • junglekid
    junglekidMonday, February 27, 2017 at 5:22 pm
    This is a great book. You have to be a deep thinker to read it, because it can be confusing. It gives you an insight on how life was for soldiers in the Vietnam War and for people at home who responded to it in different ways. You might want to read part 3 & 4, or a least 4 before reading this one
    • keefur1617
      keefur1617Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 8:26 am44 starsFeatured
      Have you ever wondered what the Vietnam War was like, the losses sustained in the war? After Rudi gets drafted off to fight in the Vietnam War his three best friends Ivan Morris and Beck decide to sign up and make sure Rudi won’t die and that he will be ok. After a shocking death of one in the group it will cause each member to do something such as trying to win the war all by their lonesome another to defy orders in an act of protest and the last to escort the body of their fallen friend back to America. One of those choices will leave one of our main characters without an eye. Are you interested? If so you will love Vietnam 5: Walking wounded by Chris Lynch it is full of action,adventure and friendship. This is an amazing book that will have you on the edge of your seat throughout the whole ordeal tons of shock awaits you in this book. The antagonist in the book is the vietnam war. The protagonist in the book are the four main characters in the book as in Rudi, Ivan, Morris, and Beck. This book also does not have a turning point seeing how it is one in a very large series. I recommend this book to anyone who likes war books and/or enjoys adventure suspense action and it will shock you, you will love this book. I give it a strong 4* rating. (I don’t recommend this book to younger kids there is no harsh language but some things are more mature topics)