Feast of Bones

Daniel P. Bolger, Author Presidio Press $19.95 (357p) ISBN 978-0-89141-370-7
Bolger, an officer in the U.S. Army and author of two studies of contemporary military affairs, makes an outstanding fiction debut with this military procedural. Captain Dimitri Donskov of the desantniks , the Soviet Army's elite air-assault forces, moves from a domestic training ground to Grenada to Afghanistan, learning the craft of war as practi c ed in modern Russia and discovering the limitations of Soviet methods against the mujahidin. Dogmatism, careerism and materialism presage defeat in Afghanistan as Donskov's superiors recruit him and his men for a desperate mission: ensuring Gorbachev's succession as premier and party chairman. Compelling descriptions of combat are juxtaposed with scenes illustrating the internal dynamics of Soviet leadership. Yet Bolger never abandons storytelling in order to explain or instruct. By novel's end, readers will know and respect the blue berets of the 688th Reconnaissance Company as fighting men to test the temper of any enemy. Convincing on all fronts, Bolger's effort triumphs as a war novel. 50,000 first printing; $100,000 ad/promo. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1990
Release date: 01/01/1990
Mass Market Paperbound - 320 pages - 978-0-8041-0834-8
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