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The Play Soldier by Chet Green

The Play Soldier

by Chet Green

328 pages
A college-educated laborer gives up on the American Dream and goes for broke chasing heroic fantasies in the last European colony in Africa.

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About the Book
Frank Warz always wanted to see combat. Now Vietnam is over and hes an educated laborer in recession-wrecked 1975 Detroit, feeling suckered by the American Dream, sometimes needing to steal a little valor. Then god-awful luck puts him on track. But when the Foreign Legion rejects him, the desperate romantic goes for broke.

Passing through a convulsing Ethiopia to Africa's last white domain, Warz poses as a seasoned conflict photographer. Along the way, world-wise people challenge his racism and other cocksure bigotries while extreme events warn him hes already in over his head.

Finally, in the French Territory of Afars and Issas, he covers a daring caper by an African-American who deserted the Legion. The adventure backfires into ferocious contact after legionnaires rescue them from Somali bandits that return to catch them all. Warz gets his action, but never thought it would have a price.

 

Reviews
THIS IS A STORY OF REDEMPTION. SHOULD BE READ IN ONE BREATH.
- Edmund-Louis Simoneau, Journalist/Writer; Chair -- Institute of Advanced National Defense Studies, France
SHOULD BE BOOK OF THE MONTH CLUB AND NEW YORK TIMES TOP TEN.
- William Brooks, Contributing Editor -- Soldier of Fortune magazine; French Foreign Legion, Djibouti
RIVETING, WITH THE BONUS OF INSIGHT INTO THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE COMBAT PHOTOGRAPHER.
- Daniel Eliseuson, Past President -- Int'l Combat Camera Assoc. Life Member -- U.S.M.C. Combat Correspondents Assoc.
MASTERFUL WRITING. THE COMMENTS ON RACE A REFLECTION OF THE SOCIETY IN WHICH WE LIVE.
- Ismael Hakim, Ph. D. -- Education, Grand Valley State University
GREAT BOOK! CHET GREEN IS A CONSUMMATE WRITER WITH AN EXPERTISE IN DESCRIPTION AND PHONETICALLY ACCURATE DIALOGUE.
- Trout Book Reviews
IF YOU WANT SOMETHING THAT MAKES YOU THINK AS WELL AS TO BE ENTERTAINED, YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED.
- Divas Reviews
WELL WRITTEN AND WELL RESEARCHED WITH AN EXCELLENT STORY LINE.
- Bill Sullivan, Former Journalist; Correspondent -- Executive Business Media, Vietnam War; Reporter -- Washington Post; Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch
A MODERN SWASHBUCKLING TALE OF SORTS SET IN A NEAR MODERN-DAY CONFLICT. A RIVETING READ THAT WILL BE HARD TO PUT DOWN.
- Midwest Book Review
NOT A TYPICAL WAR STORY BUT ONE THAT MAKES IT CLEAR THE AUTHOR KNOWS HIS SUBJECT INTIMATELY AND ISN'T AFRAID TO SHARE. INTELLIGENT AND THOUGHT PROVOKING ABOUT SO MUCH MORE THAN WAR.
- Suzy Davis, English Lecturer -- University of Tennessee

 

 

About the Author
Chet Green Chet Green was a U.S. Navy Journalist in SE Asia during Vietnam; he graduated from the University of Michigan where he studied journalism. Through the 1970's, he freelanced as a writer-photographer in the African Horn and Sudan. A sojourn in broadcast news led to a part in a Clint Eastwood movie. He publishes the ezine "Illumination Rounds."

 

 

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