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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.
Robert Stone is the award-winning author of several novels, including the bestsellers Outerbridge Reach and Damascus Gate.See all Product Description
I had never heard of Robert Stone when I picked up an old paperback printing of this novel at a flea market. Reading it blew me away. Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2002
Framed in a story of drug smuggling gone wrong is a bleak portrait of America in the 1970s and of the people living then, specifically the subcultures. Read morePublished on April 14 2001
Look, this is an American classic, simply one of the best novels I've ever read. It's way over the heads and hearts of all but a few high school students, yet someone in Iowa City... Read morePublished on March 16 2001
Stone's DOG SOLDIERS is a fine book, but if you happen to see this without exploring the rest of the reviews on Amazon -- access them. Read morePublished on March 2 2001 by Allan MacInnis
It's a shame that this book's star average has been kept down by all those lame reviews from Iowa - where presumably it was set as some sort of high school project - because Dog... Read morePublished on Oct. 4 2000
Robert Stone's National Book Award winning novel, "Dog Soldiers", may have a special resonance for the generation of Americans who lived through the sixties and... Read morePublished on Aug. 7 2000
Robert Stone's Dog Soldiers is one of the most important novels to come out of the Vietnam experience. Read morePublished on Aug. 5 2000 by colm rourke