Cover image for The stone ponies
The stone ponies
Willard, Tom.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Forge, 2000.
Physical Description:
316 pages : map ; 22 cm.
General Note:
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
X Adult Fiction Central Closed Stacks

On Order



Franklin LeBaron Sharps is a young paratrooper sent to Vietnam in 1965. The son of Brigadier General Samuel Sharps, a former Tuskeegee Airman, Franklin fights a war on two fronts: in Vietnam, he is determined to repay the Viet Cong for their killing of his brother, and at home, he fights against his fathers attempts to reconcile with the family he deserted.

Reviews 1

Booklist Review

In the fourth book of the Black Sabre Chronicles series, Willard continues to recount the often extraordinary personal efforts and professional exploits of five generations of a distinguished African American military family. Unlike his great-grandfather, a legendary cavalry officer; his grandfather, a World War I hero; and his father, an original "Tuskeegee Airman" and the first black brigadier general, young Franklin Sharps initially spurns a career in the military. After his older brother, Adrian, is killed in Vietnam, however, Franklin joins the 101st Airborne Division as a medic. Determined to avenge Adrian's death and to prove his independence to his estranged father, he initially enters the combat arena utterly unprepared for the barbaric cruelty of a bush war. Because the author is himself a veteran of the Vietnam War, the graphic battle scenes feature a gritty, realistic edge. The result is a stirring family saga as well as a compelling look at the controversy surrounding the conflict in Vietnam, especially as it applied to the disproportionate number of black soldiers involved. --Margaret Flanagan