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. If you're an ex-soldier (or marine) who had more than passing contact with the drug/criminal underworld of the 70's (hhmmm - guess I'm in that category) I predict that you will recognize every character and it will blow you away, too. Without belaboring all the points made in previous reviews, I agree with those made by MacInnes, Rampageous Cuss, and Sam Mills. Yes, this novel is a "trip in time for those who experienced it", but it is also enlightening and thought provoking on multiple levels.