Title: Dog Soldiers
Publisher: Secker & Warburg, London
Publication Date: 1975
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Dust jacket shows only the slightest signs of wear, primarily to the edge of the spine. Binding is solid. Free of any internal markings. Really nice copy. Bookseller Inventory # 002484
Synopsis: [Read by Tom Stechschulte]
In Saigon during the waning days of the Vietnam War, a small-time journalist named John Converse thinks he'll find action--and profit--by getting involved in a big-time drug deal. But back in the States, things go horribly wrong for him. His courier disappears--probably with his wife--and a corrupt Fed wants Converse to find them and the drugs. Or else.
Dog Soldiers is a frightening, powerful, intense novel that perfectly captures the underground mood of America in the 1970s, when amateur drug dealers and hippies encountered profiteering cops and professional killers. Stone details an American drama of greed and violence in a world where life is cheap and the price of survival dangerously high.
Review: Like Michael Herr's Dispatches, Robert Stone's National Book Award-winning novel Dog Soldiers trades on a hallucinatory vision of Vietnam as a place in which all honor and morality are ceded to the mere business of survival -- and, better, survival with personal profit. "This is the place where everybody finds out who they are," says the novel's protagonist, the journalist Converse, to which his friend and partner in crime Ray Hicks replies, "What a bummer for the gooks." Converse convinces Hicks to smuggle a shipment of heroin back to the United States, renegade CIA agents pop up, and all hell breaks loose in this beautifully written, dark study of the soul in anguish.
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