★ Flahery-Dunnan First Novel Prize 2010
by Karl Marlantes Fiction

  • US Grove Atlantic (April 2010, Ed. Morgan Entrekin, 566 pages)
  • 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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