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Dog Soldiers Kindle Edition
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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"
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"
Harrowing...white-knuckled suspense...A here-and-now journey to hell.-- "Time"
Narrator Tom Stechschulte offers a firm reading that relates the novel's events in a realistic and entertaining manner. He portrays Converse as a terse, hard-nosed character who still manages to be likable. Stechschulte's delivery is remarkably solid throughout. His characters' voices adjust accordingly as they journey through the plot. A gripping performance, to say the least.-- "AudioFile"
Powerful, literally chilling.-- "St. Louis Post-Dispatch"
Stone's Dog Soldiers became a seminal text for disaffected youth across the country but especially those returning home from war only to find themselves out of step, ostracized, or just wondering what the hell had happened-a generation of young men, drafted and armed, who came to recognize just how little anyone in power cared about the value or quality of their lives.-- "CrimeReads"
The language is stripped and strong...[with] unerring dialogue and characterization.-- "Kirkus Reviews " --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
About the Author
Robert Stone (1937-2015) received most of the accolades and awards possible for a contemporary novelist, and he has been called the best writer of the post-Vietnam era. His many novels, which have enjoyed commercial success as well as critical acclaim, include the National Book Award winner Dog Soldiers, Damascus Gate, Bay of Souls, and A Hall of Mirrors. He was also the author of the short story collection Bear and His Daughter, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
Tom Stechschulte has narrated well over a hundred audiobooks and has won many AudioFile Earphones Awards. He won the prestigious Audie Award in 2009 and has been a finalist for the Audie in 2005 and 2011. As an actor, he has been seen in eleven Broadway shows as well as numerous television and film shows, including the remake of The Manchurian Candidate. He was featured on one of the most famous episodes of The Incredible Hulk ever, September 1979's Blind Rage.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B004H1UED6
- Publisher : Mariner Books; Reprint edition (April 2, 1997)
- Publication date : April 2, 1997
- Language : English
- File size : 740 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 355 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #453,620 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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As such, I read, and re-read DOG SOLDIERS mostly for how I see myself in it, and I find that John Converse, rather than Ray Hicks — its heroic figure, as opposed to its hero — is my portal into this world. Passive to the point that almost nothing can sandblast him out of his complacency, smart and dumb and cynical and naive in equal measure, the Marine-turned-war correspondent-turned failed heroin trafficker skates along in his life on a placid but thin layer of pseudo-philosophical ice, better able to feel the pain of torture than the pain of being misaligned with his time and his place. I find him fascinating, and I find a lot of myself in him, a lot more than Hicks, the Nietzsche-reading ex-Marine misanthrope who runs off with Converse's drug-addicted wife. Your mileage may vary. I hope Converse found his way someday. I hope I do too.
The basic plot of the book is a journalist in Vietnam buys some drugs and tries to ship them back to the United States. Things do not go as he planned, and chaos ensues. People get high and people get shot; some people die. It was like reading all those workshop stories but with one difference – Stone is a heck of a writer. This is like Tarantino before he ever thought of Reservoir Dogs.
The only thing that really got to me was that the amount of drugs, and the dollar amount (even with inflation) seemed crazy low to me as I was reading the book. People go through a lot of effort to get the guy’s drugs from him and it feels like there’s a relatively low payoff for the whole thing. There were a lot of people involved and it just feels like overkill.