Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyIn his foreword U.S. Army officer Coyle ( Team Yankee ) says that the Red Army treasures ``conformity and discipline'' while the U.S. ``places its trust in the ability of the individual soldier and his leaders.'' We are not surprised, therefore, when his thriller picks the winner of a two-month war between the superpowers in Iran. There is a little suspense about whether Iran, fighting both ``satans,'' will detonate an atomic bomb, and somewhat less about whether the U.S.S.R. will start chemical warfare. The narrative consists mainly of set pieces on back-and-forth desert fighting, flashing from one side to another and featuring some continuing characters. But all the characters are paper-thin and all sound equally earnest and boring. Interest is not sustained by the book's undeniable authenticity, which has all the style of a training manual. And confusion arrives with the authentic alphabet soup: lots of info about MRRs, RDEs, BDUs, etc. Coyle's prose is often clumsy, the chapter-head quotes (from Napoleon, Sherman et al.) are as pertinent as fortune cookies and the ending manages to be sentimental and ungrammatical at the same time. Paperback rights to Pocket Books; Literary Guild dual main selection; Military Book Club main selection; major ad/promo. (September)
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Coyle presents a thrilling and plausible look at a low-intensity US-Soviet engagement over Iran c.1980s. The book provides readers with fantastic detail into the equipment, tactics and strategy of modern conventional war to give the average reader a solid understanding of the intricate risks he in which he places his characters, which in many ways parallel those experienced by combatants in modern conflicts worldwide. Coyle also presents, through a number of well-chosen character perspectives, a compelling estimation of the political dynamics of this fictionalized armed conflict, within the Soviet Union, the United States, and Iran. What Coyle lacks is interpersonal story. The love story he constructs between a US male and female officer is half-heartedly developed. The book's maze of narratives serves plot purpose moreso than any character development. However, it is a fantastic book if you are looking for a well-constructed Tom Clancy-esc novel with an exceptional attention to tactical and strategic detail.