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River of Darkness by James Grady
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Nov 08, 2010

really liked it
Read in November, 2010

What a dark, dark book. It has several spots that are extremely poetic, though. Contrasting with Mark Helprin - no whimsy here, but the writing is superb. Better than the story. I do so love the dark poetic prose. I'd also like to compare this author to the earlier Ralph Peters novels, too - dark and poetic.

The hard part is that there is no main character. Those that are developed, though, are very richy developed. It's hard to identify with a hero because you can't find one. There's a Marine Major who's probably the closest thing, and he almost serves as a narrator because it's his actions that really drive the novel and the character the story's about. Definitely recommend, but it may take you a while to read. This is no modern-day series plot-driven novel. This is all about the characters and the settings into which they're dropped.

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