Long Range Patrol

Long Range Patrol

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by Dennis Foley
     
 

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"Thre are few novels about Vietnam, or any other war for that matter, that you can hand to someone and say, this is the way it was, this is what we were. Dennis Foley has written such a book."
CHRIS BUNCH AND ALLAN COLE
Authors of A RECKONING FOR KINGS
In 1965, Lieutenant Jim Hollister become one of the first platoon leaders helping to develop the support… See more details below

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"Thre are few novels about Vietnam, or any other war for that matter, that you can hand to someone and say, this is the way it was, this is what we were. Dennis Foley has written such a book."
CHRIS BUNCH AND ALLAN COLE
Authors of A RECKONING FOR KINGS
In 1965, Lieutenant Jim Hollister become one of the first platoon leaders helping to develop the support skills that would make LRRPs a legend of the war. Hollister quickly became an expert at judging the abilities and weaknesses of his men—men who became closer than brothers, men who fought for one another in a brutal, merciless jungle war where one small mistake could mean sudden death for everyone....

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Strangely enough for a novel set in wartime Vietnam, this work is virtually free of conflict. Foley, who served in Vietnam himself, has created a series of episodes with no coherent theme or plot. Lt. Jim Hollister leads a platoon of men on dangerous missions. His team is suspected of having destroyed a South Vietnamese village, but after he is questioned once the matter is dropped. A buddy of Hollister's dies, and when he accompanies the body home, the lieutenant hears veiled references to the antiwar movement (``peace pussies'') but never connects with anyone involved in it. While his fellow soldiers are carousing and visiting prostitutes, Hollister lies on his bunk writing letters to his fiancee, but the romance, with a publishing novicep. 15 , is unconvincing. The point of view of a Vietcong soldier (who destroyed the town Hollister had been accused of savaging) is introduced in the first chapter, but he dies soon after, having no extended impact. Authentic military lingo is so prevalent that the novel includes an abbreviated glossary, but overuse of acronyms distances the reader from the action, so that even the Long Range Patrol's death-defying missions fail to intrigue. (July)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804107075
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/01/1993
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
35
Product dimensions:
4.17(w) x 6.83(h) x 0.96(d)

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