Written by a former special forces veteran, here is a brutally realistic, highly acclaimed Vietnam novel about a college boy's initiation into the harsh world of battle. "Fiction that wounds and stings . . . A wonderful achievement".--Washington Post Book World.Written by a former special forces veteran, here is a brutally realistic, highly acclaimed Vietnam novel about a college boy's initiation into the harsh world of battle. "Fiction that wounds and stings . . . A wonderful achievement".--Washington Post Book World.Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 1987-06-26 Reflecting the author's own experiences, the characters in this graphic, grippingly authentic first novel are the combat-tested soldiers of the Special Forces in Vietnam. Quinn, nerveless, seemingly made of granite and steel, amuses hismelf and some onlookers by biting off the heads of live ducklings. Hanson, the protagonist, who begins his mornings with beer and amphetamines, not only enlisted for service in Nam while in law school but signed on for an extra year for the privilege of joining the elite corps. ``College boy'' though he isa term of contempt mixed with envyhis patriotic credientials are unimpeachable: he, too, can't abide hippies, draft dodgers, antiwar protesters and other ``sloths.'' When Quinn is accidentally killed by blundering American troops, Hanson exacts bizarre, deranged, murderous revenge in a wild climactic scene that serves to compound the novel's ambiguous perspective on war in general and the Vietnam conflict in particular. Though a skillful writer, Anderson's depiction of war is a shade too melodramatic and cinematic, too much a way of separating the men from the boys. Yet he vividly involves the reader in the unending nightmare thatHanson is ``doomed to survive.'' (August 21) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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