The Killing Zone: My Life in the Vietnam War - Frederick Downs Jr.

The Killing Zone: My Life in the Vietnam War

By Frederick Downs Jr.

  • Release Date: 2007-02-17
  • Genre: Military
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 178 Ratings)


“The best damned book from the point of view of the infantrymen who fought there.”—Army Times
Among the best books ever written about men in combat, The Killing Zone tells the story of the platoon of Delta One-six, capturing what it meant to face lethal danger, to follow orders, and to search for the conviction and then the hope that this war was worth the sacrifice. The book includes a new chapter on what happened to the platoon members when they came home.


  • The Killing Fields

    By FiendClub
    An incredible look at the role of leadership in combat. Lieutenant Downs tells the raw story of war and its drama. It is hard not to feel the burden of telling his soldiers stories and plights in order to bring honor to the lives of these young men who battled bravely in a foreign land.
  • Brutally Honest

    By Evan abroad
    Fantastic may be an odd choice of word used to describe a book about war but that's what it is. If you've ever wanted to know what life was like for a soldier in Vietnam please begin reading now. It's not about tactics or if the United States belonged in Vietnam. It is about how a platoon leader did his job when the sun set and the jungle came alive with enemy movement. What I find most fascinating is how soldiers can function under such brutal conditions, both mentally and physically, and still perform their duty on a daily basis.
  • Excellent read

    By Bates42
    Book was great, I always wanted to turn the page to keep reading into the night.
  • The Killing Zone

    By Ronnie Guidry
    A great read about the Vietnam war.
  • Joe Schmeling

    By DDayJoe
    I'm not going to be long winded with this review. I read the hard copy version. I can't describe how TERRIFIC a read this is. It gives you the real description of what it was like to be a boots on the ground combat soldier in Vietnam.