WY Boyd Award for Military Fiction

Matterhorn

Award Year: 
2011
Authors(s): 
Karl Marlantes
Description: 
When young Waino Mellas, a Bravo Company lieutenant, is unceremoniously dropped into the jungle of Vietnam, he is instantly forced into manhood. Facing the horrors of war in Southeast Asia, Waino and his comrades embark on a long, torturous, bloody adventure, where the Vietnamese wilderness is just as dangerous as the enemy.

Seen the Glory

Award Year: 
2010
Authors(s): 
John Hough Jr.
Description: 
A novel of the Battle of Gettysburg.

Peace

Award Year: 
2009
Authors(s): 
Richard Bausch
Description: 
Italy, near Cassino, in the terrible winter of 1944. An icy rain, continuing unabated for days. Guided by a seventy-year-old Italian man in rope-soled shoes, three American soldiers are sent on a reconnaissance mission up the side of a steep hill that they discover, before very long, to be a mountain. As they climb, the old man's indeterminate loyalties only add to the terror and confusion that engulf them. Peace is a feat of storytelling from one of America's most acclaimed novelists: a powerful look at the corrosiveness of violence, the human cost of war, and the redemptive power of mercy.

Gods and Generals

Award Year: 
1997
Authors(s): 
Jeff Shaara
Description: 
With Gods and Generals, Jeff Shaara gives fans of The Killer Angels everything they could have asked--an epic, brilliantly written saga that brings the nation's greatest conflict to life.

The Black Flower

Award Year: 
1998
Authors(s): 
Howard Bahr
Description: 
The Black Flower is the gripping story of a young Confederate rifleman from Mississippi named Bushrod Carter, who serves in General John Bell Hood's Army of Tennessee during the Civil War battle that takes place in Franklin, Tennessee, in November 1864. Written with reverent attention to historical accuracy, the book vividly documents the fear, suffering, and intense friendships that are all present on the eve of the battle and during its aftermath.

Jacob's Ladder

Award Year: 
1999
Authors(s): 
Donald McCaig
Description: 
Duncan Gatewood, seventeen and heir to Gatewood Plantation, falls in love with Maggie, a mulatto slave, who conceives a son, Jacob. Maggie and Jacob are sold south, and Duncan is packed off by his irate father to the Virginia Military Institute. Another Gatewood slave, Jesse - whose love for Maggie is unrequited - escapes to find her and is sheltered by a young white couple who are sentenced to prison for this crime. Jesse finds his freedom and enlists in Mr. Lincoln's army; in time he will confront his former masters.

Soldier in Paradise

Award Year: 
2000
Authors(s): 
John Mort

Dog Company Six

Award Year: 
2001
Authors(s): 
Brigadier General Edwin Howard Simmons
Description: 
A Marine who wielded both pen and sword in a long and distinguished career captures the heroism and the horror of the early days of the Korean War in this gripping novel.

Sharkman Six

Award Year: 
2002
Authors(s): 
Owen West
Description: 
A stinging morality tale in which Kelly is torn between his men, his confusing mission, and the international rules of engagement he has sworn to uphold. As his platoon descends into the lawless, violent underbelly of Somalia, Lieutenant Kelly must determine his own values -- and allegiances -- in a country where murders are commonplace and constant.

Warning of War

Award Year: 
2003
Authors(s): 
James Brady
Description: 
The story of how a detachment of American Marines marooned in North China as war erupts, set out on an epic march through hostile territory in an attempt to fight their way out of China and, somehow, rejoin their Corps for the war against Japan. James Brady dazzles us once again with a stunning and unflinching look at America at war. Warning of War is a moving tribute to sheer courage, determination, and Marine Corps discipline, and is a wonderful celebration of America in one of its darkest but finest hours.
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