An illuminating account, passionately written on Vietnam and war in general. Reading this has crystallized some of my half-formed thoughts on the horrors of not just war, but choosing to make war. Seems fresh material in light of our continuing to feel little reluctance to go to war.
Even accepting that Ketwig feels little interest in dazzling the reader with gruesome war scenes, there are stretches in the story that are too ruminating and wound-licking. It obviously didn't diminish my overall praise very much, but there will be readers that will react with, enough already. I'd recommend it to anyone who is serious about considering the costs of maintaining our status in the world through our military.
After Prince of Thieves, could Chuck Hogan come up with another accurate exploration of harsh, manly relationships that's as compelling and satisfying to read? Well, he did with Devils in Exile. I had high hopes and Devils came through in a huge way. The best post war, ex-GI portrayal I've seen by an author and that was just stage setting for the rest of the book. He goes on to use that premise to weave a thrilling, believable chain of events. And all set so well in Boston that you could get around town without a map after reading the book. A book with no weaknesses.
Lyner is a guy who uses words to humor, shock, dazzle you. This is a little different from a writer who uses ideas to do those things. He's much crisper than Hunter Thompson or Faulkner, who strike me as words-before-idea guys. That said, this is a book for the rare reader who will enjoy word riffs.