I thought Klay's "Redeployment" collection of linked short stories was one the the edgiest gut-punch accounts of combat in theater and emotional wounds inflicted at home ever written.
So I was eager to read his first novel "Missionaries." At 400 pages, it sees itself as a big, bloody tapestry about people at war on many fronts. But it never connects. Lots of incident -- with little impact -- because a reader never cares about the characters....they never come to life. Each character is just a stand-in for some aspect or idea about war or war correspondence. A major disappointment. on every level.
Even so, I look forward to whatever Klay writes next.