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Product Details

  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (March 10, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1491725001
  • ISBN-13: 978-1491725009
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #607,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Paul Avallone spent three-plus years in the Afghan War, first as a Green Beret, then in later years as a civilian journalist embedded with the U.S. Army.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 5, 2014
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If you want a clearly updated version of our US Soldiers in action this is a must read. I was a career Army officer who began as an infantryman, first in peace time as a mortar platoon, communications platoon leader, and company commander who then later served twelve months in the furthest reaches of IV Corps in southern Vietnam as a tactical advisor to the Vietnamese 21st ARVN Division who were in direct contact with Vietcong and NVA Regulars. Retired as an 06 since 1994, now living near Fort Campbell, KY, I am familiar with the numerous deployments endured by units not unlike those depicted in the novel, but have not had the honor to see them in action. The writer, however is a bona fide Special Operator NCO, and life long screen writer who has spent years embedded with today's soldiers. He knows their tactics, abilities, and understands their hearts and minds. He portrays their skills and ethos as brothers in arms in a readable manner. The story builds slowly, but becomes hard to put down as the plot develops. I was move to tears in several places because Mr Avallone makes you feel as if you are there with these soldiers feeling their grief and attitude toward life. The tension builds throughout and keeps the reader rapt until the end. It should be compared to novels such as "Killer Angels", "The River and the Gauntlet", or "Band of Brothers". This is a great read that tells it "like it is".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. C. Falcone on July 13, 2014
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While I might not have the experience to comment on Paul Avallone's Tattoo Zoo as a *war* book, I can say this: Tattoo Zoo is a fantastic read. I read for relationships, any and all kinds. In this case, the relationships are about a band of brothers, about the in-fighting that is accepted and bandied and slung back and forth ... but only inside. Just let an outsider stick their nose between two warring brothers and see how fast those two close ranks and join to fight as one. Battlefield brothers. Combat kinsman. Family.

That's what got me. Those intense, noble moments in life captured with such skill that the words slid off the page to let the "movie" unspool before my eyes. Avallone captured those things, invisible to the eye, but the most precious to us all:
Love. Hope. Honor.
Loyalty. Dedication. Commitment.

He doesn't pander to the "start with an explosion" mentality. He brought us in, let us meet and begin to judge for ourselves these men and women we would be spending time with. But don't think that this is a relaxing read, a book you can put down easily. Once Avallone got rolling it was so fast and furious that I scrambled through the pages almost feeling the rumble of a big engine carrying me like a mental tank, not even noticing the boulders I climbed over or the the stuff that flew past.

I had an idea of who survived but not those last frantic hours... not the last day and night. It was much too intense to slow down, too exciting to pay any closer attention as the battle raged and my focus lasered to the point of view of the eyes I was seeing through at that moment. Eyes and ears. My eyes as blinded as the men of the Zoo with an ordinance flash through their night vision *nods*, I was blinking in a rush of action that was too much to take in but not able, not willing, to slow down.

In the end I was pierced through, wrung out, drained dry.
Yeah. It was a great book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matt Avallone on May 31, 2014
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A great war story told in a clipped, intimate style. Authentic. Every sentence has the sound and feel of someone who was actually there and who knows the fighting men and women and the bureaucrats of the US military.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Thompson on March 27, 2014
Format: Paperback
Great read. I couldn't put it down. Every vet who has been in combat can relate to the story line and characters.
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