Deadly Waters: The Vietnam Naval War and its Aftermath

Deadly Waters: The Vietnam Naval War and its Aftermath

Randy Miller’s historical fiction book Deadly Waters: The Vietnam Naval War and its Aftermath narrates the life of Zachariah Martin, a young man from Vermont who enlisted in the Navy at the age of 17. After completing boot camp training, he was sent to Vietnam where he became an expert shooter. Nonetheless, the sailors and marines suffered long-term effects from the institution’s dehumanization.


The novel is well-organized, describing the impact of war on Martin and those in his inner circle, thanks to the author’s imaginative and skillful writing. When seen in person, the slang employed in the conversation offered a genuine viewpoint. The book helps readers understand how things are in the current world and what they can do as individuals to make a difference.

Deadly Waters highlights the personal responsibility that comes with being a military or veteran activist for people who are interested in that field. The characters in the narrative breathe life into the story, and it is based on a genuine event and description from the 1964 war. Readers can identify with the themes of friendship, love, and devotion.


It is terrible that the government is hiding the evidence of its errors, including not connecting Agent Orange defoliant to cancer and refusing to give workers what was properly theirs. The populace battled for compensation that should have been theirs by right.


Although the writing style and plot were initially difficult to comprehend, the book had a slow pace and was interesting, educational, entertaining, and intriguing. For those who love history, I would suggest this book.

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