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On Sale: April 24, 2018
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Fiction | Military
It is April 2003. American forces have taken Baghdad and
are now charged with winning hearts and minds. But this
vital tipping point is barely recognized for what it is,
as a series of miscalculations and blunders fuels an
already-simmering insurgency intent on making Iraq the
next graveyard of empires.
In dazzling and propulsive prose, Brian Van Reet explores
the lives on both sides of the battle lines: Cassandra, a
nineteen-year-old gunner on an American Humvee who is
captured during a deadly firefight and awakens in a prison
cell; Abu Al-Hool, a lifelong mujahedeen beset by a
simmering crisis of conscience as he struggles against
enemies from without and within, including the new wave of
far more radicalized jihadists; and Specialist Sleed, a
tank crewman who goes along with a "victimless" crime, the
consequences of which are more awful than any he could
Depicting a war spinning rapidly out of control, destined
to become a modern classic, Spoils is an unsparing and
morally complex novel that chronicles the achingly human
cost of combat.
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