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Killing Che

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2008

    What Soderbergh tried to do.

    Steven Soderbergh¿s Che biopic Guerilla screened at the Cannes Film Festival-- a four hour, backside numbing epic covering the iconic revolutionary from his first meeting with Fidel Castro in 1957 to his eventual and inevitable auto da fe in a Bolivian jungle ten years later. Soderbergh¿s Guevara is a bit less than well realized, and the film is unfathomably long. Even The Ten Commandments got it done in at less than three hours. A thousand miles from the red carpet, Chuck Pfarrer has quietly stolen Mr. Soderbergh¿s thunder. Killing Che is an epic in its own right¿ part thriller and maybe even the work of a master. Soderbergh¿s Che covers a ten year span, and the first half of the movie barely holds water. Pfarrer¿s Killing Che is laser focused on the last six months of the revolutionary¿s life, faithfully following Guevara and a fictional CIA agent, Paul Hoyle, as he ruthlessly, and apparently reluctantly closes the noose on Che and band of combatants. Pfarrer, a former Navy Seal, delivers a surprisingly even-handed portrayal of Guevara. The author does not stint in revealing Che¿s faults, neither does he fail to describe the ruthless, corrupt Bolivian military machine that murdered Che after his capture in October, 1967. Killing Che weaves an intricate and eminently plausible story of a Cuban indifference, CIA expedience and Russian treachery. It seems the whole world was aligned against Guevara, one of the last believers in a lost cause. Pfarrer is at his best describing the conflicted CIA paramilitary Paul Hoyle. The world created in Killing Che has rightly been compared to Graham Greene it is rich in moral compromise, doomed love affairs, and the oppressive, claustrophobic heat of the jungle . Pfarrer¿s earlier experience as a military advisor in Central America is on display in his vivid descriptions of jungle war, and sleazy dealings with spies, traitors and perversely evil secret policemen. Why wasn¿t this book a best seller? Good question. Random House obviously did little to promote it, and their spring 2007 catalogue didn¿t list a single speaking engagement or book tour. Previous reviews, including the LA Times and the prestigious Bloomsbury Review have been enthusiastic. I agree. I will go farther and say Killing Che was one of the best books I¿ve read this year. Maybe it¿s one of the best books I ever read. With any luck, some of Mr. Soderbergh¿s glory will ricochet onto this book. Stranger things have happened in the jungle.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2014

    Logan

    It was good but you need more details. Like what ar i was driving. And our details. Like hair, eyecolor, stuff like that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2014

    It was good sunglow

    Thumbs up

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2014

    Awake. Part 1 by sunglow (redone)

    "Glow, wake up. Sunglow! Glow!" I heard a voice. It sounded vlike i was under water. But the funny thing was, i wasn't! I noticed when i opened my eyes, it was Logan. It was logan steele. He was in his usual, a concert tee cand black skinny jeans. His light blue is looking like the ocean, and his pitch black long hair. "Logan?" I asked. I couldn't hear anyone. Not even myself. As logan talked, all it sounded was, "zzeezzzzzhhhh" i looked at him totally confused ubtil he started to fade away. Until everything started to fade away. Just until all i saw was black. <br> "yeah. Shes fine. She just blacked out. Okay.....bye." i heard logan and the sound of a phone turn off after. *beep* logan walked out and i noticed i was on his couch. "You okay, glow?" He asked. I nodded. "Well, i'm taking you over to your house to rest." He said. I nodded again. "Well can you talk?" He asked. I nodded again. I walked out to his ford, pick-up truck and hopped in. "You sure youre okay?" He asked. "I am fine. Im just fine!" i screamed. He nodded and started to drive. "Oh.sorry. i got a little frustrated. Im thinking about something. Oh hey...you know whst happened to nathan?" I asked. "Uh..well he told me you were here and i helped. And i was just on the phone with him. He never came bqck to check if you were alright. He just screamd help." He explained. "All he said on the phone...was...he had to take care of buisness. I heard metal craping on metal so he probably is sharpening swords or knives." He pulled up. I got out. "You sure your okay? You want me to walk you upstairs?" He asked. "Im fine. I can walk up the stairs." He nodded and drove away. I began up stairs and i let out a sqeal as someone pushed me down. <p> WELL I ADDED MORE DETAIL! PART TWO NEXT RES!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2012

    Jade

    I got my leg cut badly

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2007

    KILLING CHE: A first-class debut.

    Pfarrer¿s 2003 autobiography, Warrior Soul, made me a fan, and I was delighted to lay my hands on an advance copy of Killing Che. This superior novel pits history¿s most infamous insurgent against a conflicted and world- weary CIA officer. The year is 1967 Paul Hoyle, a CIA paramilitary officer, joins a team of operatives sent to crush a rising Bolivian insurgency. When a captured backpack reveals that the rebels are being led by Che Guevara, the stage is set for a conflict between world ideologies. Following Guevara, the hunted, and Hoyle, the hunter, this powerful, tragic story transports the reader into the heart of the Bolivian jungle and into a world of noble truth and glorious aspirations. A former Navy SEAL, Pfarrer is a man who was worked in the shadow-places of the world. He brings to this novel unmistakable authenticity and hard won insight into the rules of `The Game', the often pitiless means by which history is made. Killing Che is an elegant, even poetic achievement a masterpiece of suspense and a razor sharp journey through good and evil.

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    Posted December 24, 2011

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