A piece of war induced psychosis, written in 2006 when the author was self-curing from his first deployment to Iraq. Written in a raw, brutal, and sometimes despairing tone, this novel is not for the squeamish or faint of heart.
Iraq War veterans rob and murder drug dealers in a rust belt ruin.
|Publisher:||HARD OAK PRESS, LLC|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)|
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Jeffrey Hopkins writes with such brutal force that reading his novel BROKEN UNDER INTERROGATION at first seems a story too explosive to explore. But at the same time his gift for the art of writing prose is so concomitantly eloquent that it is impossible not to stay with him: the trust he offers in the opening chapters, chapters that survey where our country is now and has recently been hit the center of the target of sociological observation. The book is powerful on many levels and while the readers who seek thrillers will be more than satisfied, those of us who look for more than action - for substance that comes from examining the past to reshape the possibilities for the future - there is much to be gained by spending time with this book. Very briefly the story is told by one John Powers, an Army Intelligence officer who has served multiple assignments in Iraq and returns to Peoria, Illinois, mentally injured by his past and unable to cope with the massive amount of crime that surrounds him at home. He struggles with the fact that society has become populated with youngsters who work in the drug business and the many 'victims' of drug addiction and sets out on a vigilante mission to destroy the problem. He teams with a fellow believer, Miller, in the need to destroy the decadence of the drug gangs, and uses heinous means to destroy that element of society gone wrong. Captured by the police - more a corporate security group in the year 2012 - Powers undergoes torture for what he has considered the only way to correct the evils of the world to which he returned after war. Powers may seem to be a victim of sociopathic transformation due to his war experiences, but the author uses the solid technique of flashbacks to Powers' time in Iraq to make this injured protagonist understandable in his motivations and deeds. To better appreciate the worth of this writing, writing that may sound as though it is not about something we wish to hear, it is best to quote form the author's gifted pages: 'The gnawing black raven of American nihilism takes wing from the suburbs and flies home to roost in the inner city. It lives, breathes, and takes in nutriment there amongst the abandoned homes and crumbling schools. Without the misery and despair of the ghetto, there would be no impetus for people to flock to the safety of the suburbs. Without the homes abandoned by people moving out of the city center in fear, the low property values caused by the abundance of properties on the market, and the slumlords to buy them up looking for a fast buck - there would be no ghetto. The raven was feeding on racism, and the raven was getting fat. It s**t on the American Dream and pecked out the eyes of hope. John thought to himself, if there was an American Dream it should exist for all Americans, but it didn't, and if it ever did, it was dead and rotten as the Founding Fathers. John could cut the tension around him with a knife....' Hopkins delves deeply into the topic of torture, relating that topic to the things he witnessed in Iraq as well as to the deeds in which he is engulfed. This portion of the book is as harsh as the torture it describes, as vicious and cruel as any previous books on the subject. Yet Hopkins has the sensitivity to use that topic to find his way out of the bleak reality of now and make us consider just where we are and can go unless we address the evil of the day. Grady Harp