Dog Soldiers (Contemporary American Fiction)

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In Saigon during the waning days of the Vietnam War, a small-time journalist named John Converse thinks he'll find action -- and profit -- by getting involved in a big-time drug deal. But back in the States, things go horribly wrong for him. Dog Soldiers perfectly captures the underground mood of America in the 1970s, when amateur drug dealers and hippies encountered profiteering cops and professional killers -- and the price of survival was dangerously high.

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Like Michael Herr's Dispatches, Robert Stone's National Book Award-winning novel Dog Soldiers trades on a hallucinatory vision of Vietnam as a place in which all honor and morality are ceded to the mere business of survival -- and, better, survival with personal profit. "This is the place where everybody finds out who they are," says the novel's protagonist, the journalist Converse, to which his friend and partner in crime Ray Hicks replies, "What a bummer for the gooks." Converse convinces Hicks to smuggle a shipment of heroin back to the United States, renegade CIA agents pop up, and all hell breaks loose in this beautifully written, dark study of the soul in anguish.

About the Author:

ROBERT STONE is the author of seven novels: "A Hall of Mirrors, Dog Soldiers "(winner of the National Book Award), "A Flag for Sunrise, Children of Light, Outerbridge Reach, Damascus Gate, " and "Bay of Souls". His story collection, Bear and His Daughter, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and his memoir, "Prime Green, "was published in 2006.



Tom Stechschulte is the prizewinning narrator of over a hundred audiobooks. He has been seen in eleven Broadway shows as well as numerous television and film appearances, including the remake of "The Manchurian Candidate".

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