One Young Soldier
    A Novel

        by Gary DeRigne

"Hell, if it exists, can't be much worse than this..."

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     "Former infantry rifleman and platoon sergeant Gary DeRigne has created a novel set during the Viet Nam War that is brutal, honest, heartrending, tragic, and hopeful in turns. Told as only one who experienced the war firsthand can relay, One Young Soldier is a thoughtful and enduring work of literature that is as engaging to read as it is disturbing... This sensitive and unforgettable first novel is a triumph of literary war fiction."
Press Release - November, 2007 - Outskirts Press

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Reviews of "One Young Soldier" 
A Novel
by Gary DeRigne

5.0 out of 5 starsHUMAN DIMENSION OF BATTLE - Col. Jonathan B. Dodson, United States Army (Retired) - Springfield, VA 
     DeRigne has captured the human dimension of battle in Vietnam like no one else except for his peer as an author, Jim Webb, in his classic novel of Marine combat, "Fields of Fire."  DeRigne is an Ernie Pyle type of writer who takes the reader into the hearts and souls of combat soldiers and demonstrates the emotional connection he has with those about whom he writes.  As a former Infantry "grunt" who also served in the 1st Cavalry Division in Vietnam, I found DeRigne's descriptions of the psychological aspects of infantry combat incredibly real. 
    "One Young Soldier" will transcend the limits of particular wars and conflicts and the test of time, much like Guy Sajer's "The Forgotten Soldier" and Charles B. MacDonald's "Company Commander."  This novel is simply gripping! You will not be able to set it down, but will read through it in one sitting. 

5.0 out of 5 starsCombat in Viet Nam - Mark Limpic - United States Marine Corps (Retired) - Kansas City
     I have read Gary Derigne's book "One Young Soldier" several times and still wonder how he was able to put into words what it was really like for a combat infantryman in Viet Nam. As a Marine combat veteran of that war, I was surprised at how much similarity there was between my own experiences and Gary's.
     Mr. DeRigne goes beyond the violence and fear one endures in combat and describes other factors such as the leadership, camaraderie, boredom, lack of sleep, filthiness, sickness, lack of water and food, insects and on and on. For those who served in the rice paddies and jungles of Viet Nam, this book will bring back memories and will be emotionally difficult to read. I also feel that this book will certainly 'enlighten' those who haven't served in combat and want to know what it was really like.
     Beyond Viet Nam, "One Young Soldier" will help many readers realize what our troops are currently going through in the War on Terror and make you appreciate the sacrifices they are making. The stress of Combat is a terrible burden on those who do the fighting and those who love them.
     I would like to thank Mr. DeRigne for writing this outstanding book and I highly recommend it.
     Semper Fidelis!

5.0 out of 5 starsA soldier's view of conflict - David Kessler - California - Veteran of the U. S. Army in Vietnam
     I found One Young Soldier a captivating read. We follow Mick from his early childhood through high school and into the grit, grime and horror of the Vietnam War. This is a first hand account of the life of one young man thrown into an almost unbearable situation. Most of us will thankfully never know what it's like on the business end of war. This book paints us a very clear picture from the boredom to the terror with a little humor along the way. We see some of the best and worst of Mick and his fellow grunts as they slog through their tour of duty in a very foreign land. This book is a must read for anyone who was in Vietnam in any capacity, and for anyone who wasn't. 

5.0 out of 5 starsLessons about yesterday for tomorrow - Jean Jacobs - Kansas City
     This is a haunting, compelling narrative about the atrocities of war--even those our government created in the handling of our soldiers in the field. Gary DeRigne brings the day-to-day realities of the Vietnam war alive again. The descriptions are vivid and terrifying, but involve the reader so thoroughly that the book cannot be closed. Unfortunately, throughout the reading, images from news stories of today in Iraq come to mind. Nothing seems to have changed. We are still wasting the lives of our courageous and valuable young adults as we engage in meaningless and catastrophic international clashes. May this book help us all grow in wisdom and strategic integrity.

5.0 out of 5 stars
A Powerful and Action Packed Story!!! - "JHawk" - Lawrence, KS
     This story about a young man's tragic journey to Vietnam grabbed me and wouldn't let go! I still can't stop thinking about it! The story is so sincere and heartfelt yet filled with such shocking details that it makes you feel like you're right there with him. Once you get into it, you can't put it down. A must read! 

5.0 out of 5 starsA Journey with "One Young Soldier" - "Socrates Ann" - Gardner, KS 
     I could not put this book down. A very interesting and detailed story that keeps you reading until the end. This book takes you along on a journey with "One Young Soldier" through the Vietnam War and the effect it had on everyone involved. If you were there, it will take you back; if you had someone there, it will give you a deep insight into the horrors of war. 

5.0 out of 5 starsGreat Book. I will Never Forget It - J. Michael Kelley - Kansas City
     This is one of the best books I have ever read. I will never forget it. It is the first book I have read on Vietnam. My father let me post this review under his name. I want him to read the book now so we can discuss it. 

5.0 out of 5 starsCompelling, an absolute must read for everyone - "Hope Waiting" - Kansas City  
     Compelling book, an absolute education for society. This amazing and absorbing novel speaks to the truth of war. An awakening to those who have never served in the military, beginning with the arrival at training to the nights of official orders of total quiet, the expectation of death shrouding soldiers at every moment and finally, the return to every day life after experiencing the horrors of war. This is where another often bitter reality sets in and is too often ignored and misunderstood by family, friends, society in general. Mental health disorders are not easily understood. Today our returning soldiers are faced with these same issues, how are we dealing with it? How is our government dealing with it? 

5.0 out of 5 starsThe Definition of Insanity - Brad Williams - Ankeny, IA
     Gary DeRigne offers an excellent historical novel that profiles his experiences as a young soldier in Vietnam. Unfortunately, the Bush Administration continues to ignore the wisdom of DeRigne and other Vietnam veterans who had the courage to fight this senseless conflict. I encourage all aspiring politicians to read DeRigne's novel. Maybe then we can avoid another McNamara, Johnson, Nixon, Bush, Cheney, et. al. Then again, maybe not... 



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