Karl Marlantes

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Flahery-Dunnan First Novel Prize 2010 book
US Grove Atlantic (Ed. Morgan Entrekin)
UK Corvus (Atlantic) (Ed. Ravi Mirchandani)
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 hit The New York Times bestseller list at number seven immediately upon US publication and remained on the list for 17 weeks. Matterhorn won the Flahery-Dunnan First Novel Prize for 2010, the James Web Award for distinguished fiction and was a New York Times Notable book for 2010.

Matterhorn 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 by a highly decorated Marine veteran over the course of thirty years, Matterhorn is a spellbinding and unforgettable novel that brings to life an entire world - both its horrors and its thrills - and is destined to become a classic of combat literature.

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There has never been a more realistic portrait or eloquent tribute to the nobility of men under fire. Mark Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down
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Riveting ... Destined to become a classic. Vince Flynn

Matterhorn is a novel of great authority and humanity. It builds inexorably to a devastating and magnificent final movement. Charles Frazier

A searing account from within the guts of the war itself. David Hayles
The Times

Visceral ... Evocative ... A narrative we won't soon forget. Carol Memmott
USA Today

Never have we seen the particular horrs and challenges of Vietnam so richly explored and never have we felt the tactile experience of the war depicted with such mesmerizing force. Hampton Sides, author of Ghost Soldiers and Hellhound on His Trail
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Masterful and thrilling ... He has written a timeless work of literary fiction. Doug Stanton, author of Horse Soldiers
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The Book on Vietnam
Karl Marlantes's epic Matterhorn is the novel the war has been waiting for. Steve Kroft
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Matterhorn is one of the most powerful and moving novels about combat, the Vietnam War, and war in general that I have ever read. Dan Rather

Apocalypse at last
Karl Marlantes has spent 30 long years writing America’s great Vietnam novel. It is a frightening vision of why men make war. Brian Appleyard
Sunday Times
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I've never encountered a war novel as stark, honest, and wrenching as Matterhorn... I found it nearly impossible to stop reading. Michael Schaub
National Public Radio
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Thirty years in the making, Marlantes’s epic debut is a dense, vivid narrative spanning many months in the lives of American troops in Vietnam as they trudge across enemy lines, encountering danger from opposing forces as well as on their home turf.
Marlantes’s debut may be daunting in length, but it remains a grand, distinctive accomplishment.
Publishers Weekly
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Vietnam still sells, especially when coupled to old publishing practices... Karl Marlantes's exceptional war novel proves that the traditional book is far from dead. Robert McCrum
The Observe
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A haunting vision of the Vietnam War.
Matterhorn will not only take its place on the top shelf of war fiction, it’s going to knock a few books off. It’s that good.
Michael Lee
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Matterhorn is a raw, brilliant account of war that may well serve as a final exorcism for one of the most painful passages in American history. Sebastian Junger
The New York Times Book Review

It's at moments like this that Marlantes steps alongside Stephen Crane, Joseph Heller and even Ernest Hemingway. Robert McCrum
The Observer
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