Bring Out the Dog

Bring Out the Dog


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"In the tradition of Redeployment, a short story collection from a decorated U.S. Navy veteran who served several combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan--a powerful depiction of life on the front lines of today's warfare. A mesmerizing debut collection that reveals what it is like to be a member of an elite special operations team, when so many missions take place behind night vision, ancient credos, and layers of secrecy. Told without a trace of bravado, and with a keen, Barry Hannah-like sense of the absurd, Will Mackin manages to capture the tragedy and heroism, degradation and exultation in the smallest details of war. Switching between settings at home and abroad, these eleven unforgettable stories explore the intense bonds, conflicting emotions, and surprising compassion that make up modern warfare"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780812995640
Characteristics: 173 pages ; 22 cm


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Dec 14, 2018

Although it's been one the great themes since the earliest days of writing, I don't particularly enjoy reading about war (unless it's non-fiction). This collection of short stories is by a veteran who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, which I guess gives it an authenticity lacking in other war fiction, but it's all that interesting or insightful. George Saunders really loved it.

Apr 09, 2018

These short stories are first-person soldier descriptions of the current wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, or preparation for them in the US. They are straight forward descriptions. The other soldiers have opinions, but the narrator not so many. The writing is economical, which works to make it convincing and direct. At times the narrator drifts into a sort of dream state, a sort of quick change of perspective to see things differently, mixed in with the technical apparatus they wear into battle. A few of the stories have identical characters, but all have similar characters. The people whose homes are being invaded are also part of the stories. Truly, I have not read much written from inside these conflicts. This left me with strong impressions - I leave you to find yours. I look forward to more from Will Mackin, wondering how a novel from him will go.


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Mar 27, 2018

Frank reminisced about the night Mir had torn open the barricaded shooter's throat. . . . Frank's recollection differed from mine, but we agreed on one key point: what had driven Mir to launch himself at the triggerman and kill him so viciously had been love, pure and simple.

Mar 27, 2018

The laser at the center of the infrared beam dazzled, creating the impression of a portal between worlds.
Against my cheek, metal warmed. Gently, trying not to think, I took the slack out of the trigger. Then Mir appeared: wild, hanging in air, shining like molten silver. Splashing off a mud puddle, he flashed away.


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