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From the author of Norwegian by Night, and Short Listed for the 2017 CWA Gold Dagger Award, a novel about two men on a misbegotten quest to save the girl they failed to save decades before

1991. Near Checkpoint Zulu, one hundred miles from the Kuwaiti border, Thomas Benton meets Arwood Hobbes. Benton is a British journalist who reports from war zones in part to avoid his l
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published January 3rd 2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Derek Miller A good person to read about the challenges of comparative vs absolute ratings, in my view, is Roger Ebert, the late film critic. He wrote thoughtfully…moreA good person to read about the challenges of comparative vs absolute ratings, in my view, is Roger Ebert, the late film critic. He wrote thoughtfully on rating films and the inherent challenge of using only four stars (in that case). This is why Blazing Saddles and Citizen Kane both received four stars from him (and I agree).

Because of the way of the internet works, most authors — who sincerely believe in their work, as I do — feel almost forced to leave a star rating on goodreads because (unfortunately) the goodreads rating will be among the first hits on a search long before the book is even published. With all the trolling and banter on the internet, writers who dedicated years of their lives (with support from partners and children, among a litany of dedicated professionals all facing a tough industry) may find one -and two-star "reviews" undermining the lauch of their novels by people who never read them. This happens often. I don't know why.

I believe that an author marking his or her work looks far less bad, in the long run, than the unnecessary damage that can be caused by deliberately destructive ratings (as opposed to actual bad ones, which tend to cluster in terms of their logic and coherence). As a result, the decision to put a five-star rating is a tactical one to protect the possibility of a promising launch.

I hope, Jeniwren, this provides some insight.

Best wishes,

Derek B. Miller(less)
Gail P Trying to purchase it on Amazon, I am told I can't get it until January 3, 2017 !! That's a long delay : (

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Diane S ☔
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Exploring the many different agencies, the political nightmare of trying to understand the many different cultures and the religious beliefs of each, Miller has invented two very unique and quite likable characters, Arrowood and Benson. When they first meet the Gulf War has ended, at least ended as far as the United States is concerned, now turning to a peace keeping role, but as far as the infighting between the different tribes are concerned, there is no peace. Arrowood Hobbs, a young private ...more
Iris P
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers who enjoy international and political thrillers
Recommended to Iris P by: Betsy Robinson
The Girl in Green

Frequently novels include a disclaimer that goes something like: "This is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to actual events or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental." The disclaimer in The Girl In Green simply states: "Inspired by many actual events"

Sometimes a book is just a work of fiction and sometimes you come across a story that, although technically fictional, it is quite a challenge to draw the line between myth and reality. Indeed, soon after you start read
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☮Karen
Jan 28, 2017 rated it liked it
What I love about this author is his ability to formulate outstanding sentences, to illustrate his ideas with intelligence and an immaculate sense of humor. Those sentences were scattered throughout, yet I had difficulty seeing them as a cohesive story. It felt uneven to me. After loving his first book so much, I never expected to struggle with this one. The subject matter undoubtedly was my main problem, with Desert Storm being over but not really over, and the various Iraqi factions that I've ...more
Betsy Robinson
Dec 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Betsy by: Mary Lins
This is a sometimes Catch 22-esque war story by heavily-credentialed specialist in international affairs Derek B. Miller. It takes place during the Desert Storm Gulf War and then 22 years later. The banter and almost-casual profundity of the narrative are spectacularly funny and wonderful, the tension is palpable, the writing is both solid and spontaneous, and the meaning so timely I want to scream, "Thank you!"

Not a spoiler because I won't give a context, but my big aha from this book is how m
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Marianne
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Girl in Green is the second novel by American novelist and international policy specialist, Derek B. Miller. It’s late March 1991, and United States Army Private Arwood Hobbes is at the northern edge of Checkpoint Zulu, “maintaining a vigilant perimeter” in Iraq’s newly-brokered peace, when a British journalist from the Times wanders up.

Thomas Benton is a seasoned war correspondent who’s after the story from a local perspective. With some encouragement from Arwood, he walks toward nearby Sa
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Carolyn
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour, war, 2017
When British Journalist Thomas Benton meets US soldier Arwood Hobbes in 1991 at Checkpoint Zulu near the Kuwaiti border where he is part of the force remaining to keep the peace after the end of Desert Storm, he sets in train events that culminate 22 years later in a dangerous and daring rescue mission. Benton wanders off to a nearby village hoping for some local stories and gets caught up in a mortar attack on the village by local insurgents at the start of what will become the Iraqi civil war. ...more
Jill
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: inhumanity
Welcome to post-war Iraq, where it’s increasingly difficult to distinguish the war from the so-called peace. Derek B. Miller has worked on international peace and security of diplomatic missions and the United Nations, and it shows. His book has the ring of authenticity, which makes for mesmerizing reading.

The novel starts in 1991,when two men – a British war journalist named Thomas Benton and a fearless and possibly unhinged American private named Arwood Hobbes, meet at Checkpoint Zulu, close t
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switterbug (Betsey)
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
"It has been said that the US army was designed by geniuses to be run by idiots."

It isn’t every writer that accomplishes what this author did: grip me from the first to last pages. Miller’s cinematic and CATCH-22-esque story is suspenseful, and the prose is lucid and muscular. The thrilling plot threads, the robust characters, and the enduring themes develop with a fluent and resonant rhythm, keeping me fastened to the book at every turn. I wanted to call in sick rather than ever put it down! I
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Mary Lins
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: complete
READ THIS! READ THIS! PLEASE, EVERYBODY READ THIS!

Is "The Girl in Green", by Derek B. Miller, an action-paced thriller? Yes!
Is it a literary tour de force? Yes!
Is it timely? Yes!
Is it a satire? Yes!
Is it a farce? Yes!
Is it hilarious? Yes!
Is it heartbreaking? Yes!
Is it this Century's "Catch 22"? Yes!

Miller grabbed me at the first paragraph and never let me go! What a talent! Miller's writing style and narrative "voice" are unique, crystal clear, and both witty AND weighty. I laughed many many tim
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Kate
Jul 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's not often I give a book five stars so when I do it is because the book has really made me think or feel more than anything else I have read recently, not because it will one day become a classic or it is a book that will be studied in school classrooms for years to come, but because of what it meant to me, right here, right now.
I work in a bookshop and I read a lot. I read good books. I read books that make me wonder how they ever got published in the first place. I read books that make me
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