Retired Marine captain Dye has written a fictionalized account of the events that led to the deaths of 241 American Marines and other servicemen at the hands of a Moslem fanatic at Beirut Airport in 1983. ``Dye's military dialogue will sound authentic to most veteran ears, and the combat action is mostly plausible as well,'' commented PW. (Jan.)
This novelization of the events leading to the 1983 Lebanon bombing in which 241 died is told from the viewpoint of the Marines dug in at Beirut International Airport. The Marines struggle with increasing frustration against command indifference, Muslim snipers, and willfully blind politicals. Uninterested in even-handed treatment of Muslims, Christians, Israelis, or other obstacles to Marine operations, Dye emphasizes his outrage at an expensively botched business but is unable to rise much above polemics. The best part is the incandescent invective launched by these cheerfully profane soldiers at their enemies, allies, and one another.Edwin B. Burgess, U.S. Army TRALINET Ctr., Fort Monroe, Va.