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Pretty Lame Writing
June 29, 2019
The main character is grieving the death of his wife and child and then "falls in love" with someone he picks up hitchhiking and does not even know. That sounds realistic! Their dialogue is flat and riddled with clicheds. She is a drug addicted, abused, prostitute but she smacks him on the arm and says "Oh, you," like a thirteen year old schoolgirl from Iowa. None of the characters are realistic and the admirals who meet seem like nothing more than a chance to have someone mouth all the tired cliches about America and how it is unbelievable the North Vietnamese people support their government. The author even drags in an Iranian doctor who, of course, abuses the female nurses,
Lots of passages are just excuses to toot the horn of the so called warrior community, all of whom of course are better people than the normal slug walking down the street. Main character likes to see moms and kids in the street because "that is the way it is supposed to be because kids need their moms home with them" Narrator says marines who might volunteer for one mission would never be weak enough to have PTSD because they know they are "Lions." Lots of the book is devoted to long explanations of why the kinds of hatred we see these days masking as patriotism are really OK.
I guess some sentimental, conservative males with no real sense of decent writing may find this a decent book. Read Clancy's HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER if you want adventure and a sense of realistic honorable behavior and a feeling that the main character is complex enough to be possibly real. This one is lame. Honestly, I wish I could get my money back.