|Amazon Price||New from||Used from|
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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
''Harrowing . . . white-knuckled suspense . . . A here-and-now journey to hell.'' --Time
''Powerful, literally chilling.'' --St. Louis Post-Dispatch
''Compulsively readable . . . As forcefully as any novel one can think of, this novel conveys the cynicism, the terror, and the appetite for new experiences that have marked recent years.'' -- New Yorker
''Dog Soldiers is a novel so good, so interesting and serious and funny and frightening, so absorbing, so impressive, so masterful . . . It is splendid, terrific action suspense.'' --Esquire
''A dark decendant of Conrad and Hemingway's adventure stories . . . Goes hell-for-leather across the landscape.'' --New York Times
''[An] engaging story . . . A gripping performance.'' --AudioFile
''The language is stripped and strong . . . [with] unerring dialogue and characterization.'' --Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
The conventional wisdom goes that this book is a scathing examination of how far the ideals of the flower power generation had fallen by the mid 1970s. Read morePublished 26 days ago by jafrank
Plot is rather confusing and none of the characters is appealingPublished 1 month ago by Ramiro Jervis
Very well researched and believable. Very dark with many turns one does not expect at the strangest moments. Is a good night read as well.Published 1 month ago by C. Sotelo
This book was, of course, a major motion picture. It was well constructed, and it is apparent the the author knows his craft. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Max
I thought it would be interesting to read about a war correspondent during the Viet Nam war who decides to smuggle heroin. It was not. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
Very fine novel from the era I grew up in but just discovered this author recently. Very fast paced noir with many twists and turns.Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer