The Play Soldier

The Play Soldier

by Chet Green

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Overview

It's 1975 in recession-hammered Detroit. The future is already here for an underemployed, working-class college graduate unable to get even a toehold on the American dream. Then his hard luck turns awful, pushing him out of the country to find opportunity. His real name is Warz. "Got the name, play the game," he likes to joke.

Long captivated by war, sometimes even posing as a decorated veteran, he first applies to the Foreign Legion, which introduces him to its severe world but rejects him. A decent shutterbug, he then decides to become a conflict photographer by showing the legendary force in action in the last European colony in Africa. Masquerading now as a seasoned shooter, he travels through Ethiopia to the French Territory of Afars and Issas. Events and people unsuccessfully challenge Warz, who is white, over his hidebound beliefs on race and culture, among other things.

The experiences don't stop when he finally reaches Djibouti and finds the tiny colony is normally quiet. However, he gets back on track when he joins an African-American swashbuckler's desertion plan in order to cover it. The adventurer has already deserted the Legion and is convincingly posing as a Somali sheik to spring a friend from the Legion. But the plot backfires in a close-quarters battle between legionnaires and Somali bandits that catch them all. Warz' enlightenment begins, so does his atonement.

Long captivated by war, sometimes even posing as a decorated veteran, he first applies to the Foreign Legion, which introduces him to its severe world but rejects him. A decent shutterbug, he then decides to become a conflict photographer by showing the legendary force in action in the last European colony in Africa. Masquerading now as a seasoned shooter, he travels through Ethiopia to the French Territory of Afars and Issas. Warz, who is white, sees things and people that unsuccessfully challenge his hidebound beliefs on race and culture, among other issues.

The experiences don't stop when he finally reaches Djibouti and finds the tiny colony is normally quiet. However, he gets back on track when he joins an African-American swashbuckler's desertion plan in order to cover it. The adventurer has already deserted the Legion and is convincingly posing as a Somali sheik to spring a friend from the Legion. But the plot backfires in a close-quarters battle between legionnaires and Somali bandits that catch them all. Warz' enlightenment begins, so does his atonement.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157139537
Publisher: BookLocker.com, Inc.
Publication date: 05/22/2006
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 328
File size: 469 KB

About the Author

Chet Green was a US Navy journalist who served in the Vietnam War. After graduating from the University of Michigan, where he studied journalism, he freelanced as a writer/photographer in the African Horn. Afterward, he anchored TV news at several network affiliates. He publishes Illumination Rounds, a military-themed ezine.

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