Buffalo Soldiers (Flamingo originals)

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For the US army, peace is the continuation of war by other means. Set in Mannheim, West Germany, home of the "fighting 57th", thid first novel tells the story of Specialist Elwood, clerk to the Battalion Commander and major-league drug dealer.

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Set in West Germany in 1989 before the fall of the Berlin Wall, Buffalo Soldiers follows the misadventures of specialist Ray Elwood (Joaquin Pheonix), scammer, con-artist and US Army Base Battalion clerk. Elwood runs a blackmarket operation behind the back of Supply and Logistics Commander Lieutenant Colonel Wallace Berman (Ed Harris), that is until the military brass send in battle-hardened Commanding Sgt. Robert Lee (Scott Glenn) to close down Elwood's illicit operation. Things become still more complex when Elwood learns that his new love Robyn (Anna Paquin) is Sgt. Lee's daughter. The novel deals with the issues of warfare when there is no war and peacetime casualties. In the tradition of MASH it is funny and dark, exciting and thrilling. 'This book may well find a place on the shelf with Joseph Heller's Catch-22... It takes a fine novelist to tell such a sordid story so beautifully - and a brave one to hold out no hope for redemption but the jolting effect of a cold-eyed look at the truth' New York Times Book Review

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Robert O'Connor was born in 1959. He currently teaches English and fiction-writing, and lives in upstate New York with his wife, Donna, and family. This is his first novel.

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