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SciFi: Old Latin American Man becomes Space Trooper

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Edited: Dec 30, 2017, 7:09pm Top

I read this book around 1985, plus or minus 5 years.
An old Latin American man meets an anorexic young woman in a marketplace and finds himself fighting in a military troop that goes off earth but somehow is concerned with fighting against a leader for whom he has what others think is an unsubstantiated hatred. It turns out the young woman took over his mind. Memories of a 3 yr old granddaughter prove helpful in restoring him.

I remember so much more from this book than from 90% of what I read, but not the title or author!

Feb 4, 12:42pm Top

I've verified that it's not Life During Wartime by Lucius Shepard

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