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Not quite as good as the earlier books - the new characters tend to overshadow too much, especially toward the end, but still has its moments. This is the first to use footnotes and refer to previous books by name directly. The beginning of the book is perhaps the most enjoyable part - not the aboard ship part, but the scene of Boris and Hassan fishing, with Boris getting a fly caught in his backside, thus forcing him to seek medical aid in Spruce Harbor. The quiet times in Spruce Harbor, especi ...more
H. Richard Hornberger (February 1, 1924 – November 4, 1997) was an American writer and surgeon, born in Trenton, New Jersey, who wrote under the pseudonym Richard Hooker. His most famous work was his novel MASH (1968), based on his experiences during the Korean War and written in collaboration with W. C. Heinz. It was later used as the basis for a critically and commercially successful movie (1970 ...moreMore about Richard Hooker...