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A Soldier Of The Revolution by Ward Just

A Soldier Of The Revolution

by Ward Just

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A SOLDIER OF THE REVOLUTION (1970) is a novel so polished, so Hemingway-esque, that it's hard to believe it was Ward Just's first effort. And maybe it wasn't, because it seems to me I read a Just interview somewhere in which he stated his 'first' novel, written somewhere around '68, was flatly rejected and in not very polite terms. Well, he must have learned something from that, because this novel kept me flashing back to FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS. But Just's book is set not in Spain, but an unnamed country in South America, not long after Che Guevara was killed. Indeed Che and Fidel are mentioned more than once in this dark tale of intrigue in which American expat Michael Reardon is drawn into the plans of a small band of ragged revolutionaries. Reardon, a failed Catholic, is initially kidnapped by the guerillas, but finds himself drawn inexorably to their cause to become himself that titular character. This is simply one helluva good read. It is the sixth Just novel I have read, but, time allowing, it will certainly not be the last. I already have two more Just books waiting on deck. This one? I highly recommend it. ( )
  TimBazzett | Feb 26, 2016 |
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