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5.0 out of 5 stars Sharkman rules, November 1, 2001
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This review is from: Sharkman Six (Hardcover)
A mantra taught to aspiring writers is to write what you know. Former Marines Corps Captain Owen West has done just that in Sharkman Six. Part John Grisham and part Harvard Kennedy School of Government Case Study, Sharkman has a fast cadence, good wit and the combat is believable.
More than a coming of age story, the book is a metaphor for waging modern war. What foreign policy goals were the Marines sent to Somilia to accomplish? How is victory defined? Why limit the rules of engagement? That the military is perplexed by these questions is not all its fault; the civilian leadership, as West argues, has no answers either.
And it is to Sharkman's credit that its ending is not black and white, but like past experience, a shade of gray.
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