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The Pepperdogs: A Novel Paperback – September 21, 2007
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West (The Village), a former Marine captain and assistant secretary of defense, adds a cyber-age twist to the military rescue formula in his fiction debut, which follows a group of biologically enhanced Marine reservists as they attempt to rescue a colleague, Capt. Tyler Cosgrove, captured while on patrol in Kosovo by Serb renegade Saco Iliac. The rogue Serb promptly tries to capitalize on his capture by phoning in a ransom demand to Cosgrove's fiancee in Manhattan. Meanwhile, the Marine team nicknamed the Pepperdogs (because they "run like a dog with pepper up its arse") sets out in hot pursuit, taking advantage of the performance-enhancing drugs the military is feeding them to close the gap in a hurry. The fun begins when the team's communication expert, a computer geek named Harvell, uses their Web site, Pepperdogs.com (best known up to this point for offering a dating service that introduced U.S. and NATO military to "attractive, English-speaking, wholesome" Kosovar women), to post periodic progress reports on the rescue mission. Before long, the whole world is tuning in and the rescue becomes an international media spectacle. West introduces too many characters and gets carried away with his plotting: the Marines hurry to rescue Cosgrove in time for Christmas and before his gravely ill mother dies of cancer. Still, his military expertise is evident, the cat-and-mouse game offers gripping chase scenes and the cyber angle provides comic relief. There's plenty of intriguing adventure here for military action fans.
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Lt. Gen. Bernard Trainor
coauthor of "The Generals' War" and former military correspondent for "The New York Times"
author of "Executive Power" and "Separation of Power"
"The Pepperdogs" is a riveting thriller filled with the details only a military and government insider could provide. Bing West knows his stuff, and his debut is top-notch.
Dr. James R. Schlesinger
former Secretary of Defense and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
As in his previous writings, West's prose has a haunting quality. His tale of brave men left to fight alone should be read by all involved in Allied peacekeeping operations. Could a president confront this situation? Yes indeed. Would he act wisely? We may one day find out.
Thomas E. Ricks
author of "Making the Corps" and "A Soldier's Duty," and military correspondent for "The Washington Post"
Bing West knows Marines, and what they talk and worry about, and he offers up an adventurous slice of life in today's corps, where small wars in obscure corners of the world are once again a daily mission for thousands of Marines and other U.S. military personnel. Great storytelling about the U.S. military in 2002 from someone who knows his business.
Vince Flynn "New York Times" bestselling author of"Executive Power" [A] riveting thriller filled with the details only a military and government insider could provide. Bing West knows his stuff.
"The Wall Street Journal" Impossible to put down.
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