Dog Soldiers Paperback – Apr 7 1987
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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.
This engaging story of a journalist named John Converse, who travels to Vietnam in search of a big-time story replete with action and adventure, is reminiscent of the spirit of Joseph Conrad, whom author Robert Stone quotes at the onset of the novel. Narrator Tom Stechschulte offers a firm reading that relates the novel's events in a realistic and entertaining manner. He portrays Converse as a terse, hard-nosed character who still manages to be likable. Stechschulte's delivery is remarkably solid throughout. His characters' voices adjust accordingly as they journey through the plot. A gripping performance, to say the least. L.B. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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
"Let smiles cease. Let laughter flee. This is the place where everybody finds out who they are. Read morePublished on April 10 2001 by Fran Boyken
DOG SOLDIERS is a good, but typically overrated (NATIONAL BOOK AWARD!) novel by Robert Stone. Stone is the literary Left's (I am being hyping here) enfant terrible. Read morePublished on April 8 2001 by Arthur F. McVarish
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 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