• The Killing Zone

  • My Life in the Vietnam War
  • By: Frederick Downs
  • Narrated by: Barry Press
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 14-03-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (43 ratings)


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.
©2007 Frederick Downs (P)2017 Tantor
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"The best damned book from the point of view of the infantrymen who fought there." ( Army Times)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Dan on 15-07-17

Insightful and though provoking

The narrator takes you into the jungle and some of the scenes leave you chilled. Gripping but also really educates you on what it was like to be there.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Tom on 25-09-17

poor narrator ok story

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

it was an interesting story with filler none story's in between. but very simpler to others about Vietnam

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Killing Zone?

when the enemy showed himself

What didn’t you like about Barry Press’s performance?

nothing, the narrator really let the book down. it was like he had no idea what word was coming next and said words in away that you thought it was the end of a line then it carryed on. very poor

Could you see The Killing Zone being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

yes it could be

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5 out of 5 stars
By John OBrien on 21-06-17

It dont mean nuthin.

As a Marine Corps infantryman who served in Vietnam as a machine gunner, this author brings home to the uninitiated the horrors of combat. I highly recommend this book if you want a full understanding of what the Grunts endured in a war that our government had no intention of ever winning due to political unwillingness. There was no plan to win, when you fight for the same real estate time and time again, all our government did was lead patriotic young men to the slaughter and kept the fat cat businessmen wealthy. The Brave soldiers in this book are my Brothers, I know first hand what they went thru. We were mistreated by our countrymen when we returned home and blamed for this Foley and total waste of lives for nothing. Worse yet, our own government who sent us turned their backs on us , but had no problem sending us. I feel a bond with these men, I salute them and think of all the killed in action and the maimed for life and pray for them and their families. God Bless them all. Semper Fidelis.

Jack O'Brien
Charlie Company 1st bn 3rd Marines
March 1968- Feb 1969
Dai Do Survivor.

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27 of 28 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Nick H. on 05-10-17

Vietnam experience

adn't read a Vietnam era book in ages and this one will take you for a brutal and unrelenting ride. brutality of war abounds in this book and demonstrates the bravery of the Americans who served and died in that conflict. Highly recommended

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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