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Exit A by Anthony Swofford
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Jan 02, 09


A very uneven read. Some situations and sections of dialogue that I just couldn't get away with, others that were strikingly effective. The story is made up of places,both physical (American military base) and in the head (seventeen-year-old football jock) that Swofford has been in and can report well. He made me wonder if he's heard people in those places talk the way his characters do in this story, but didn't always convince me that he had. I have to give him credit for not simply setting out to write swashbuckling adventure yarns, but this felt like a first novel by someone who is still learning the trade.
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