Horn of Africa: A Novel

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Pulitzer Prize?winner Philip Caputo spins a gut-leveling story about a broken man?s struggle for salvation and inner freedom in the midst of a broken nation?s fight for stability and peace.

When Vietnam veteran and foreign correspondent Charlie Gage realizes he?s been coerced into becoming a mercenary in a guerilla war, he doesn?t really care. A recent tragedy and his subsequent nervous breakdown have robbed him of all volition. But his lack ...
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New York 1980 Hard Cover First Edition New in New jacket 8vo. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1980. First edition, first printing. 8vo. Hard cover binding, 487 pp. A dark ... novel. New in new dust jacket, protected with an archival-quality mylar cover. Read more Show Less

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Pulitzer Prize—winner Philip Caputo spins a gut-leveling story about a broken man’s struggle for salvation and inner freedom in the midst of a broken nation’s fight for stability and peace.

When Vietnam veteran and foreign correspondent Charlie Gage realizes he’s been coerced into becoming a mercenary in a guerilla war, he doesn’t really care. A recent tragedy and his subsequent nervous breakdown have robbed him of all volition. But his lack of will becomes increasingly dangerous under the spell of Jeremy Nordstrand, the monstrous megalomaniac leading their suicidal mission into war-torn Ethiopia. Masterfully plotted and vividly detailed, Horn of Africa is a timeless tale of good and evil, a spellbinding epic into the heart of a modern-day desert darkness.
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Caputo here presents protagonist Charlie Gage, a journalist who is recruited for a mysterious job that essentially turns out to be serving as a mercenary in a mythical country in northeast Africa. His tour in Vietnam and his additional combat experiences as a correspondent, however, have left Gage with little stomach for fighting. There are many battle sequences, but the book also delves into the nature of evil and morality. This 1980 title remains "a notable and engrossing first novel" (LJ 12/15/80). Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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“Reminiscent in its passionate style and moral intensity of the best of Joseph Conrad.”–Newsday

“A real novel stuffed with excitement and filled with sharply drawn characters.”–The New York Times

“An extraordinarily powerful novelist who works in one of the grand traditions of literature: the fiction of nightmare against the background of war and espionage.”–The Dallas Morning News

“Does not suffer in comparison with Graham Greene or Joseph Conrad. . . . An awesomely evil tale–enthralling, disgusting, utterly first-rate.” –Jim Harrison

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  • ISBN-13: 9780030421365
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/1980
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 528

Meet the Author

Philip Caputo lives in Norwalk, Connecticut.
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When Vietnam veteran and foreign correspondent Charlie Gage is recruited by the shadowy Thomas Colfax to assist with something called Operation Atropos, he has no idea he is about to be enlisted for guerilla warfare in northeast Africa. Once he realizes he’s a mercenary, however, he is not at all concerned. Ever since his young secretary was killed by a grenade at their bureau office in Beirut a couple of years before, he has lost all volition. Which is why he so readily capitulates not only to Colfax, but also, and more dangerously so, to every command of Jeremy Nordstrand, the mystical megalomaniac determined to achieve greatness on their seemingly suicidal mission. Set in the forsaken yet exotic deserts of Ethiopia, Horn of Africa is a vividly detailed and masterfully plotted novel chronicling a broken man’s struggle for salvation and inner freedom in the midst of a broken nation’s fight for stability and peace.
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