Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1068 in Somerdale, N.J., recently reviewed F.N.G., a novel about the Vietnam War by Donald Bodey originally published in 1987 and updated in 2007 to reflect the Iraq war.
Based on his own experiences, F.N.G. is centered around young Gabriel Saunders, who has been drafted into the army. Within hours of arriving in Vietnam, he witnesses a friend killed. Saunders matures as a soldier during his deployment, eventually becoming a leader to new recruits — but not without suffering from PTSD.
“F.N.G. is a powerful, engaging story about one man’s tour of duty,” the review says. “While few ex-soldiers could masterfully write a novel of war, Bodey’s skill has created for the Vietnam War what Erich Maria Remarque accomplished for World War I in All Quiet on the Western Front.”