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Fallen Angels is an historical fiction/coming of age novel that centers around Richie Perry, a 17 year old who enlists in the army in the 1960's.  Perry joins the army because he does not have the money to go to college and he wants to give his brother a chance at going further in life by trying to help him pay for college.  As the book begins, Perry is being shipped out to Vietnam.   Soon he is stuck in one of the most devastating wars in American history.  He and his comrades struggle with the question of why they are in a war that defies understanding when they do not even know who they are themselves.  Through their experiences, they gain brotherly trust and understanding - but will it be enough to see them safely back home?