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USS Bunker Kills is a big novel, but once you get on board ship, it moves along swiftly with lots of action. It has the same central character as Limey Down, Neil Strikker, a sympathetic teen who is running away from his home and family. As fitting his British immigrant status, Neil is assigned to the one of the lowliest vessels in the US fighting fleet, an ammunition ship commandeered by an egomaniacal captain and a rag-tag and dangerous crew.
We experience the action through the consciousness of Neil, a naïve young man. The book is about him growing up as he experiences race riots, arson, typhoons, sexual bullying, firefights in the Tonkin Gulf, and battle deaths and injuries. The novel takes place during the closing days of the Vietnam War and it reflects the social, psychological, and political tensions of that time. It has some memorable characters (I won’t give away too much!).
There’s no mistaking that this is a Navy novel, since most of the action takes place on board ship. But the Navy doesn’t get in the way. I read this more as a kind of psychological novel in which a sensitive teenage boy is placed in a hostile, alien environment that presents deadly obstacles that are life-threatening. We cheer him on as he meets each challenge.
USS Bunker Kills: A Sea Story is in the spirit of Heller’s Catch-22 in that it is also a relentless satire of Navy life, death and folly. It has some very funny, very memorable scenes and I can highly recommend it!