Review: SEMPER COOL by Barry Fixler

Mental Foodie recently read and reviewed Semper Cool by Barry Fixler for the Vietnam War Reading Challenge.  Here’s a snippet:

“This was a pretty honest memoir – how naive (or “green”) he was when he was young and when he was in Vietnam, and his views on PTSD which may not be very PC.”

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Review: SEMPER COOL by Barry Fixler

Impressions in Ink recently read and reviewed Semper Cool by Barry Fixler for the Vietnam War Reading Challenge.  Here’s an excerpt:

“Barry tells his story matter of factly, without any fanfare. He tells the readers of his amazement in what he witnessed in Vietnam during combat, his shock, and the choice to push that aside in order to finish his job.”

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Musings of a Bookish Kitty also reviewed Semper Cool, check out what she had to say:

“The author has a great sense of humor, even about himself, which is one of the things I most liked about the book. His pride in his country and as a Marine is clear throughout the book. The book is written in a simple and rather plain manner, but that isn’t necessarily bad. As a reader, I got a real feel for who Barry Fixler was and what he was going through. He didn’t coat the truth with sugar or try to paint himself a hero–although he certainly is that in his own right.”

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Review: SEMPER COOL by Barry Fixler

Tutu’s Two Cents recently read and reviewed Semper Cool by Barry Fixler for the challenge.  Here’s a snippet of her review:

“He gives us the raw, unvarnished, gory truth about young men at war. But he also gives us one of the most loving portraits of Marines I’ve ever read. It is not a book for the squeamish, but he does not dwell on the gore.  He focuses instead on the relationships and lifelong friendships the Corps builds. His engaging style, while earthy, shows why the sub-title is ‘fond’ memories of Vietnam. The experience is engraved in his mind and heart forever.”

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Review: SEMPER COOL by Barry Fixler

JD from Layers of Thought recently reviewed Semper Cool by Barry Fixler for the Vietnam War Reading Challenge.  Here’s some of what he had to say:

Fixler pulls no punches in giving an extremely visceral account of what happened. In fact he talks about it in what comes across as an almost offhand and detached manner. The tone was first set by the title of the book (and the cover picture) which I found rather odd at first, given the horrors that he experienced day after day, week after week, month after month. It later transpires that while many combat veterans struggled with something which later came to be called post-traumatic stress disorder, Fixler returned to civilian life and seemed to slot right back into a groove. You can only wonder at his mental fortitude and psyche that allows him to do that. As for the title, he is just immensely proud to have been a Marine, and that just oozes from every page. For him it was “cool”, and there were many things that he did enjoy.

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Vietnam Participants: Review Opportunity

A unique opportunity has presented itself since Heather at Age 30+ Books generously provided Serena with a Vietnam War book from Book Expo America.

The publicist for Semper Cool by Barry Fixler recently contacted us about providing each participant of the Vietnam War Reading Challenge with a copy to read and review this year for the challenge.

All you would need to do is send your snail mail address to us at warthroughgenerations AT gmail DOT com and she will get the book out to you.

Here’s a Good Reads Synopsis of the book:

Semper Cool is the wrenching, sometimes hilarious and always thought-provoking true story of a well-off Long Island teenager who enlists in the U.S. Marine Corps seeking adventure and his father’s approval and finds both, plus more danger than he ever could have imagined. Barry Fixler gets molded into a Marine at Paris Island and sent to Vietnam, where he is assigned to a company that would soon etch its place in Marine Corps lore. Fixler’s Echo Company defends a hill at Khe Sanh against overwhelming enemy numbers in a 77-day battle that is considered one of the greatest military victories in the history of modern warfare. With its vivid imagery, Semper Cool thrusts readers into a grunt s-eye view of the blood, guts, tears and laughter of war, as told by a Marine who returned home a man and a patriot. Be prepared to laugh and cry and ultimately thank God for the men and women willing to risk their lives for the freedoms that so many Americans enjoy.

If this book interests you, please email us with a snail mail address.

FTC Disclosure:  Links will take you to an Amazon Affiliate page; No purchase is required, though appreciated to cover postage and shipping costs of challenge prizes.

Also, as a reminder, the Paco’s Story read-a-long guidelines are here for those participating:  https://warthroughthegenerations.wordpress.com/2010/06/07/pacos-story-read-a-long-details/

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