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Sergeant Dickinson is the 05-Bravo-the radioman-of a Special Forces A Team in the Central Highlands of Vietnam in the mid-sixties.

The camp is encircled and attacked for nine days by the North Vietnamese Army, anxious to lure large American forces into combat for the first time. He survives, just. The remnants of the team are broken up, the soldiers scattered among other commands. A unit that battered, goes the thinking, can't be put back ...

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Overview

Sergeant Dickinson is the 05-Bravo-the radioman-of a Special Forces A Team in the Central Highlands of Vietnam in the mid-sixties.

The camp is encircled and attacked for nine days by the North Vietnamese Army, anxious to lure large American forces into combat for the first time. He survives, just. The remnants of the team are broken up, the soldiers scattered among other commands. A unit that battered, goes the thinking, can't be put back together. Can he?

The war grows ever larger and darker, but Dickinson has the clarity of a person who has been shot at, "the almost dying and then not dying. Afterwards is the best thing there is."

There are a handful of them-Men Without Women, A Walk in the Sun-small, stunning books about men and war. Sergeant Dickinson, says Nelson DeMille, is one of those "classics."

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Editorial Reviews

Dwight Garner
...[F]ew novels in any genre are as lucid, or as memorably spooky, as Jerome Gold's...Sergeant Dickinson; it belongs on the high, narrow shelf of first-rate fiction about battlefield experience....[H]e expertly dismantles the myth — dear to civilians as well as to soldiers — that if you do everything right no harm will come to you.
The New York Times Book Review
New York Times Book Review
Belongs on the high, narrow shelf of first-rate fiction about battlefield experience.
Bloomsbury Review
Moving and disturbing.
Nelson DeMille
The hard-hitting simplicity of Hemingway, and the imagination of Philip Caputo . . . Truly remarkable and original.
Kirkus Reviews
The grim resignation that replaces fear in the psyches of combat soldiers under fire is vividly dramatized in this latest from Russell (The Prisoner•s Son, 1996, etc.): an in-your-face character study of an American radioman assigned to a Special Forces unit based in Pleiku in central Viet Nam at the height of the late war. Eponymous protagonist Ray Dickinson is an understandably embittered veteran in a story that begins with his unsparing description of the job of sorting out and disposing of dead bodies; that embraces standard-issue vilification of military myopia,
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780930773984
  • Publisher: Black Heron Press
  • Publication date: 8/20/2011
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerome Gold is the author of thirteen books, including the fiction collection, The Moral Life of Soldiers, and Paranoia & Heartbreak, a memoir of the years he spent as a rehabilitation counselor in a prison for children. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
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