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Horn of Africa
 
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Philip Caputo
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Pulitzer Prize—winner Philip Caputo spins a gut-leveling story about a broken man’s struggle for salvation and inner freedom in the midst of a broken nation’s fight for stability and peace.

When Vietnam veteran and foreign correspondent Charlie Gage realizes he’s been coerced into becoming a mercenary in a guerilla war, he doesn’t really care. A recent tragedy and his subse...more
Mass Market Paperback, 544 pages
Published September 1st 1983 by Laurel (first published 1980)
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Vincent O'Neil
I read this book over twenty years ago, and it still holds my attention. It is an excellent novel about a small team of CIA operatives sent into the Ethiopian desert to aid a tribal insurrection. Part Heart of Darkness, part James Bond, and eminently readable.
Paul Clayton
A good read. Kept me turning the pages. Maybe one of these days I'll get around to reading his Nam novel.
Kevin Mayo
Great book. Heart of Darkness style. I wish there was a sequel!
Bob
Great setup and everything. I really enjoyed everything about this book, but as it got further and further along I noticed that it was beginning to feel a lot more like Heart of Darkness. "The Horror," from Heart of Darkness and, "I See!" from Horn are interchangeable. Despite this I still enjoyed the adventure tale on a whole. And if you were going to use the formula of another book, you would be hard pressed to find a better one than Heart of Darkness.
Geo Forman
Exceeded my expectations. 2 Viet Nam vets and a British secret service agent are enlisted to run illegal guns to a Somalia warlord. The story ends up a bit like Lord Jim with one of the Americans going native and getting more involved in the insurrection than expected. A story of the evils of war and how they can have long term effects on some, if not all participants.
Keith
Sometimes (OK, often) full of “purple prose” and clichéd yet still readable. Especially when you’re in Ethiopia where it’s set.
Margaret
Not nearly as good as ACTS OF FAITH, the book i loved so much i just had to read more by this guy........
Sarah Ashley Simmons
ok-and I get the feeling his style begins to seem redundant if you read more than one of his books
Gina
not as life changing as his "Acts of Faith" but still masterful
Richard
Sadistic book with a freaky character.
John
just nor my kind of book,
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American author and journalist. Latest book is the travel memoir THE LONGEST ROAD. Best-known for A Rumor of War , a best-selling memoir of his experiences during the Vietnam War.
More about Philip Caputo...
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