The Foot Soldier

The Foot Soldier A searing novella about the conflict that changed America The Foot Soldier brings you to the hell of jungle combat Close your eyes and this novella takes you there It conveys the terror and brutality
  • Title: The Foot Soldier
  • Author: Mark Rubinstein
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  • Page: 337
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • The Foot Soldier
    A searing novella about the conflict that changed America The Foot Soldier brings you to the hell of jungle combat Close your eyes and this novella takes you there It conveys the terror and brutality of jungle warfare and their effect on the American riflemen those who bore the greatest burden It s every bit as compelling as The Things They Carried.
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  • Mark Rubinstein

    Mark Rubinstein graduated from NYU with a degree in business He then served in the army as a field medic tending to paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division After discharge, he re entered NYU as a premed student.As a medical student at the State University of New York, he developed an interest in psychiatry, discovering in that specialty the same thing he realized in reading fiction every patient has a compelling story to tell He became a board certified psychiatrist In addition to his private practice he became a forensic psychiatrist because of the drama and conflict in the courtroom He also taught psychiatric residents, interns, psychologists, and social workers at New York Presbyterian Hospital, and became a clinical assistant professor at Cornell University s medical school.He is a contributor to Psychology Today and The Huffington Post.Before turning to fiction, Rubinstein coauthored five medical self help books The First Encounter The Beginnings in Psychotherapy Jason Aronson The Complete Book of Cosmetic Facial Surgery Simon and Schuster New Choices the Latest Options in Treating Breast Cancer Dodd Mead Heartplan A Complete Program for Total Fitness of Heart Mind McGraw Hill , and The Growing Years A Guide to Your Child s Emotional Development from Birth to Adolescence Atheneum.Rubinstein s high octane thriller Mad Dog House was a finalist for the 2012 ForeWord Book Of The Year Award for suspense thrillers His 2nd thriller, Love Gone Mad, was published in September 2013 and his novella, The Foot Soldier November 2013 won the Silver award in the 2014 Benjamin Franklin Awards competition, in the Popular Fiction category His novel Mad Dog Justice September 2014 , tagged as a pulse pounding tale of post modern paranoia, is a finalist for the 2014 ForeWord Book of the Year Award His novella, Return to Sandara, won the Gold Medal for suspense thrillers in the 2015 IPPY Awards The Lovers Tango, is a medical and legal thriller about which Michael Connelly said, The tension on these pages never lets you go Rubinstein is a born storyteller The Lovers Tango has won the Gold Award in Popular Fiction for this year s 2016 IPPA Benjamin Franklin Award Bedlam s Door True Tales of Madness and Hope, was published in September 2016 Beyond Bedlam s Door True Tales from the Couch and Courtroom was published on May 15, 2017 Rubinstein s new book MAD DOG VENGEANCE, the 3rd in the Mad Dog Series, will be out on October 15, 2017.


  • The characters here are fictional There is the disclaimer at the beginning of many books about the story and characters being fictional This novella had that disclaimer Many of the books I have read about the American war in Vietnam have had that disclaimer I have read all of the words in this book in other war books We know fragging happened in Vietnam We know soldiers are killed by friendly fire in war Is it possible that this jury contains an essential truth Someone who was actually in the wa [...]

  • The Foot SoldierAn addictive rush of emotion and angst Platoon, Apocalypse Now, We Were Soldiers and Matterhorn shaped the mold for novels about the Vietnam War They exploited the war as seen by imbedded journalists and stateside news magazines, glossing over the blood and the gore to protect the virgin innocence of the American civilian reader And then came Mark Rubinstein.The best selling author of Mad Dog House and Love Gone Mad grabbed the sub genre, shook it by its worn out horns and took p [...]

  • Short storyort toura compelling and riveting story Author, Mark Rubinstein manages to capture the realism and fear experienced by many young soldiers, newly arrived to fight in the Vietnam War As infantry soldiers, they are required to hump through jungles to find an elusive enemy, mindful that they may be hiding behind every bush and turn of a trail and watching their every move Tension is highfear is paramount Not only do these young men contend with this constant fear of ambush, each soldier [...]

  • I admit, I initially picked this book to read thinking it would serve as an easy read in between all the non fiction on my reading list I m a bit of a war fanatic in the sense that I appreciate reading war materials, come from a military family that has served in several wars, and have worked with veterans Still, I ve never been in a war So when I come across something like Mark Rubinstein s The Foot Soldier, where he is able to take the reader inside of a war, inside of a humid jungle full of m [...]

  • Costas is a newbie in the Platoon in Nam He is slowly getting acclimatized to being in country Nothing ever really prepares a soldier about what he will see or be made to do Faced with a Captain who is a sadistic whack job who insists on putting him in the line of fire just because he can, Costas will never know when his number will be up due to either the Viet Cong or Johnsons cruel whims Rubenstein who once served as a medic in Viet Nam has probably seen a lot of what he describes as humping t [...]

  • War What is it good for Absolutely nothing.These words from the song by Witfield Holland ring true to my ears, and they also ring true as a sub text to this novella.Costa, a freshly drafted soldier, is sent to Vietnam to fight in a war he doesn t understand against an enemy he hardly ever sees under a Lieutenant who is barking mad.All this is described vividly when Costa first sets foot in the thickest of jungle You almost feel like you re there with him while at the same time you re glad you re [...]

  • The Foot Soldier by Mark Rubinstein brought me back some To where Not to Nam but to my morning paper route and that picture of the Gulf of Tonkin under a heading about LBJ I was nine years old, but the photo of some dead or wounded people splayed over a Sampam marked me to this day.Mark Rubinstein s book opened the visceral feelings I had at that time Somehow fears about the realities of war always go back to that image for me In this short, powerful book Vietnam s anarchy and gripping daily str [...]

  • Awesome short story Puts you right IN Viet Nam as a fresh grunt, drafted out of normality and thrown into a hell that never should ve happened to anyone.A bit choppy in some of the early parts and three typos, but neither of these things slow down the suspense or take away from the experience.People who were in wars write the best war stories Rubinstein takes you there and makes you feel what it was like how awful it was for us and for the Viet Namese.Highly recommended, but not for the weak hea [...]

  • It s been a while since I read a good Vietnam War story, but I was glad to find one in The Foot Soldier It s well told and never boring vivid in description and clear in action Highly recommended

  • Mark Rubinstein does a masterful job of drawing the reader into the mind and body of Costa, the draftee protagonist of The Foot Soldier As I read this powerful novella I felt something of the oppressive heat of the jungle, the suffocating stress of walking point, and dozens of other sensations our Vietnam vets had to endure.The author skillfully hints at and develops the story s ultimate crisis in such a fashion that it lurks in the back of your mind, gnawing at you even in the face of the host [...]

  • The Foot Soldier is a well written novella In my opinion, scenes and events from the first half of the story too closely resemble those from the film, Platoon , as do the three main characters With that said, as I have not served in the military nor been in a combat situation thank God I won t go so far to say this is bad Both the film and this novella portray what seems to be a realistic and horrific account of what life was like for a foot soldier in the Vietnam conflict.The second half of the [...]

  • With raw immediacy, THE FOOT SOLDIER captures the mind , body , and soul crushing experience of being on the frontlines of the Vietnam War From the sweat, stench, and exhaustion of humping the bush to the icy fear of stepping on a toe popper to the tense, harrowing showdown that marks the story s climax, I deeply felt for the protagonist, Costa, a cherry shipped off to hell in the jungles of Nam fresh out of college in Buffalo, NY Sealed with a startling, satisfying ending, THE FOOT SOLDIER is a [...]

  • Costa, a recent college graduate is drafted and sent to the jungles of Vietnam where he becomes a replacement soldier He goes there knowing he is replacing a fallen comrade.Author Mark Rubinstein takes us from Costa s arrival in Vietnam, through all of the horrific reality he experiences, a surreal atmosphere of mindless hatred and how easily the military, with all they witness and undertake, can teeter on the threshold of insanity Extremely well written with an intense ending that is brilliant. [...]

  • I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.As a person who came of age during the 60s and 70s, having close friends serve in VietNam and having been married to a Seabee who did 2 tours 63 67 , I am very familiar with the topic and looked forward to reading this novella.It was simply too short, and did not add to either the knowledge of what it is like to serve in war time nor did it add to my understanding of the conflict The author did a nice job of setting the scene, but did not take it for [...]

  • A soldier s nightmare.A short story that s long on description about a war that was fought in one of the most brutal climates and jungles, against one of the toughest enemies of all time I can only imagine what these soldiers witnessed and survived As the story unfolds, I can sense the fear, smell the stench of death, and visualize a jungle of horrors that these young men faced in Vietnam Good bless our veterans and those soldiers that sacrifice their lives so that mine may be safe and free from [...]

  • it was fine i don t think it deserves all these people wetting themselves over it though i have read much better vietnam GI stories this was almost superficial maybe one notch better than superficial i m not sure what i m trying to say i think all the people giving it 5 star reviews and saying it really made them feel what it was like to be a grunt in vietnam have never read a really good vietnam book or even watched one of the serious episodes of M A S H.

  • This is a short book, as short as the firefights that Rubinstein describes, but with almost as much punch as a Bouncing Betty It s a gritty, sweaty, slog through the steamy jungles of Southeast Asia, and a hard hitting view of the sufferings of war, any war If you don t have time for a long read about Vietnam, this is the book for you It s got everything, boiled down to its essence Very good book.

  • An excellent novella Well written and very well paced It showed the bewilderment of being a draftee in the Vietnam war without all of the bitterness that is suggested in popular drama and fiction The best compliment I can give to a fictional story It rang true Well done Mr Rubinstein and thank you for your service

  • Good Vietnam War StoryReally liked this one The author obviously knows what it s like to have served in the jungles of Vietnam Kept me bit me interested in the story and actually wanted .

  • The author wasn t an 11BDon t waste your money Not very realistic The kind of stuff you hear in bars being told by someone who was never there.

  • Enjoyed This was a true to life and experience that was not full of heroic, beyond belief non since _ definitely a keeper

  • A good story but a number of plot points were disturbingly similar to Dale Dye s Platoon, making me wonder just how original this story is.

  • AccurateFrom what I ve read in other books, this novella accurately depicts what many army and Marine service members experienced during Vietnam tours Sad

  • I got this for free from Netgalley It was a well written novella about Vietnam I enjoyed how the ending and the title come together.

  • Shortthe material it self, is by far one the the most accurate articles I ve ever read The issue I have it s being sold as book and I have read longer articles in ESPN Short of that I would have given it high stars Getting really tired of this false or misleading leading reviews.

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