Operating Base Cornucopia: A 300-year-old fortress in the remote Iraqi desert where a few dozen soldiers wait for their next assignment - among them Private Toby Durrant, a self-described broke nobody. Then, a deadly ambush touches off events that put Durrant in the middle of a far-reaching conspiracy. Insurgents massing in the nearby hills, a secretive member of military intelligence, an abandoned toy factory, and a mysterious, half-feral child: Durrant must figure out the links between them if hes to survive.
A classic story of a decent man trying to do right under impossible circumstances, this blistering look at military life in the sandbox of Iraq marks the debut of a major new talent.
©2010 David Zimmerman (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
"Readers will empathize with the author's everyman narrator as Toby tries to survive while maintaining his humanity. Zimmerman is a talent to watch." (Publishers Weekly)
"This fine first novel skillfully portrays both the eternal verities of war as well as the stark differences that each war imposes on the young who do the fighting; like many war novels, it powerfully conveys the message that young soldiers are more honorable than those who put them in harm’s way." (Booklist)
This story gives a good perspective. It's a little different, maybe more personal than a lot of war stories are. The characters are believable and the plot is very thought-provoking. The main area of interest for me was the relationship between a soldier and a ferral child living in a bombed and abandoned factory in Iraq. I thought it was very well done. The ending kind of took me by surprise and I'm still not sure how I feel about it, but I do recommend the book. It will hold your interest especially if you like war stories that allow the "human", sensitive side to show.
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