Dog Soldiers

Dog Soldiers

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by Robert Stone
     
 

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In Saigon during the waning days of the Vietnam War, a small-time journalist named John Converse thinks he'll find action - and profit - by getting involved in a big-time drug deal. But back in the States, things go horribly wrong for him. Dog Soldiers perfectly captures the underground mood of America in the 1970s, when amateur drug dealers and hippies

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In Saigon during the waning days of the Vietnam War, a small-time journalist named John Converse thinks he'll find action - and profit - by getting involved in a big-time drug deal. But back in the States, things go horribly wrong for him. Dog Soldiers perfectly captures the underground mood of America in the 1970s, when amateur drug dealers and hippies encountered profiteering cops and professional killers - and the price of survival was dangerously high.

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From Saigon to San Francisco, Robert Stone's National Book Award-winning novel chronicles the underground mood of 1970s America in its darkly captivating portrayal of the greed and violence attending the Vietnam War. John Converse is a small-time journalist and would-be profiteer in Saigon during the waning days of the war. In an attempt to make one last big score, he becomes involved in a scheme to smuggle a shipment of heroin back to the United States. But then things begin to go horribly wrong: His courier disappears with the drugs -- and probably with his wife -- and a corrupt CIA agent demands that Converse find them. Or else.
Charles McGrath
....It is melodramatic, cruel, witty and grim. -- The New York Times Books of the Century

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395860250
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/02/1997
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
345,129
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT STONE (1937-2015) was the acclaimed author of eight novels and two story collections, including Dog Soldiers, winner of the National Book Award, and Bear and His Daughter, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His memoir, Prime Green, was published in 2007.

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Dog Soldiers 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Bernie-Weisz More than 1 year ago
Written by Bernie Weisz Historian/Vietnam War Pembroke Pines, Florida U.S.A. contact:BernWei1@aol.com Being a historian specializing in America involvement in Vietnam, I tried to take a break in reading nonfiction by delving into Robert Stone's "Dog Soldiers". Seeing Denzil Washington in the recent movie hit "American Gangster" piqued my curiosity in this novel. Besides, I needed a break from constantly reading nonfiction. Reading a novel allows the reader to absorb without constant attention to detail and historical connection. It is also proven to bring up one's reading speed. Thinking topics such as the Vietnam War, the heroin trade that existed during the Vietnam Conflict and CIA complicity in the trade I was expecting an exciting yarn. Regrettably, I was disappointed. I found the characters, in particular "John Converse and his wife, Marge", to be burnt-out losers. You can read other reviews to get an idea of what the plot is about, so without being a "plot-spoiler", I felt that with all the drugged-out corruptness, the infidelity of the protagonist's wife, the illogical decisions made by people bent on profiting by the sale of heroin, this book was a waste of time to read. In trying to get any connection to reality, there was the part early in the story where "Converse", the protagonist, justifies smuggling a couple of kilos from Vietnam into the U.S. by what follows. Stone wrote:"The last moral objection (to smuggling heroin) that Converse experienced in the traditional manner had been his reaction to the Great Elephant Zap of the previous year. That winter, the Military Advisory Command, Vietnam, had decided that elephants were enemy agents bevause the NVA used them to carry things, and there ensued a scene worthy of the Ramayana. Many-armed, hundred-headed MACV had sent forth steel-bodied flying insects (helicopter gunships) to destroy his enemies, the elephants. All over the country, whooping sweating gunners descended from the cloud cover to stampede the herds and mow them down with 7.62 millimeter machine guns. The Great Elephant Zap had been too much and had disgusted everyone. Even the chopper crews who remembered the day as one of insane exhileration had been somewhat appalled. There was a feeling that there were limits. And as for dope, Converse thought, and addicts-if the world is going to contain elephants pursued by flying men, people are just naturally going to want to get high. So there, Converse thought, that's the way it's done. He had confronted a moral objection and overridden it". Obvoiusly, this twisted analogy to justify selling heroin made as little sense to me as the end of the story (what happens to the heroin and the people smuggling it). I need a story that has a semblence of logic, reality and historical connectedness, an attribute I felt "Dog Soldiers" lacked.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read. An intelligent version of "Savages."
Tony58 More than 1 year ago
I am a Vietnam war era vet (American war as the Vietnamese call it)and a product of the 60's. Robert Stone captures both the war and the drug era perfectly. The story is suspenseful and exciting. The 60's was not all love and flower children.
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