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Dog Soldiers | [Robert Stone]

Dog Soldiers

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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Publisher's Summary

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.

©1973, 1974, 1994 Robert Stone; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks America

What the Critics Say

  • National Book Award, Fiction, 1975

"A dark descendant of Conrad's and Hemingway's adventure stories...Goes hell-for-leather across the landscape." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    gnudung Seattle, WA, United States 05-05-12
    gnudung Seattle, WA, United States 05-05-12

    un petit d'un petit

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    "intense narrative of a dark and complex time"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dog Soldiers to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the subtleties of the characterizations


    Which scene was your favorite?

    inside the mountain


    If you could rename Dog Soldiers, what would you call it?

    I would not rename it. This is a silly request in my opinion.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jon Placerville, CA, United States 06-03-08
    Jon Placerville, CA, United States 06-03-08 Member Since 2007
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    "dull and painful and depressing"

    This book is well read and has a superficially plausible plot. It was good enough that I managed to listen through to the bitter end, but that's the best I can say for it. A tale of a not-very-bright journalist's foray into the drug business, the story never becomes believable or engaging. We have deep exploration into the human psyche. We have page after page of slow, unredeeming death. The book is dull and painful and depressing - Conrad without the magic.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CH mount kisco, NY, United States 07-14-08
    CH mount kisco, NY, United States 07-14-08 Member Since 2002
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    "oy gevalt"

    An hour and a half into this, I give up. No Mas. Maybe it is me, but I just can't follos it.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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