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Devils in Exile by Chuck Hogan
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Jul 20, 2010

it was amazing

Green Beret Neal Maven is the ultimate warrior, with comparable smarts and a dry wit. Tragically, when he returns home to Boston from the War in Iraq, society has little use for him. As author Chuck Hogan puts it: People see not a battle-tested hero but a potential Travis Bickle. When they say, "Great to have you back," what they really mean is, "Now please go away again."

The best work Maven can find is parking cars. At nights. Supplemented by shifts at a minor-league convenience store. On the whole, despite his considerable skills, there's no place for him.

Until he meets a dynamic group of fellow veterans who use military tactics to intercept major narcotics deals. They keep the cash and--doing Robin Hood one better--destroy the drugs. The DEA regards them only as hoods, however. And the drug dealers they've left empty-handed would like to kill them, for starters.

Thus Hogan launches Maven and readers onto a suspenseful, breakneck ride with as many twists as can be found in the thriller genre--or anywhere.

Equally remarkable are the original and multi-dimensional characters, a vivid Boston backdrop, and prose laced with wry humor and crafted so artfully (though without a single superfluous syllable) as to put you right smack in the action--you will practically feel the bullets tearing apart the air all around you.

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