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The Play Soldier by Chet Green

The Play Soldier

by Chet Green

330 pages
A counterfeit hero seeks redemption in the African Horn.

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About the Book
Under the spell of combat myth, a counterfeit hero decides to prove himself. Hounded by recession and god-awful luck, he goes for broke, ultimately following the Foreign Legion to the African Horn as a conflict photographer. He expects to perform well until he learns his favorite war stories told lies.

THE PLAY SOLDIER addresses the effects of racial, cultural and class division, depicts the ethos steeling the Foreign Legion's own culture, and explores the underreported phenomenon of manufactured valor. But the novel's overriding emphasis is on the fascination with combat of those that never saw action and never will.

 

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; 82d Airborne, Vietnam; 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 the Vietnam War. Afterward, as an English/ journalism major at the University of Michigan, a course in cultural anthropology left him intrigued. Then a magazine feature about Ethiopia’s Afar nomads hooked him. And so, after graduating in 1973, he went to see these people but returned to the African Horn through the rest of the decade to visit other desert cultures, photographing and chronicling as he went, often trekking on foot or by camel. Various military and outlaw elements were encountered, and his experiences with them inspired much in the novel.Following Africa, he became on-camera/off-camera commercial talent between Detroit and Washington, DC. A stint in TV news eventually led to a spot as a reporter in a Clint Eastwood movie. Contact him at chetgreen@theplaysoldier.com

 

 

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