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Courage under Fire
Courage under Fire
Author: Sheane Duncan
ISBN-13: 9781572971837
ISBN-10: 1572971835
Publication Date: 7/1/1996
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.

3.4 stars, based on 17 ratings
Publisher: Berkley
Book Type: Paperback
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A chilling tale of betrayal and a triumph of courage--I couldn't put it down. In depth entertainment.
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A powder-keg investigation into the actions of the first woman eligible for the Army's Medal of Honor in combat keynotes Duncan's exciting debut. Lt. Col. Nat Serling has been racked with guilt ever since four members of his tank unit died under friendly fire in the Gulf War. Now Nat is assigned the inquiry into another fatal Gulf War incident?one that led to the death of helicopter pilot Cpt. Karen Emma Walden, who is in line for the Medal of Honor. Serling suspects collusion when Walden's crew chief, medic and machine gunner at first supply the same details of the event. But as the three begin to break, their confessions provide vivid, disturbing images of the physical and psychological brutalities of war. Serling, meanwhile, suffers the demons of depressive drinking as he struggles to rebuild his marriage, career and life by assuaging the remorse arising from his own desert storm.
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An investigation into a downed Gulf War helicopter could result in the first Medal of Honor given to a woman for combat duty--but the search for the truth about the incident propels this taut novel on a vastly more complex course. Soon to be a major movie release from 20th Century Fox, starring Denzel Washington and Meg Ryan, and directed by Ed Zwick (Glory).