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Special Forces Volume 1 by Kyle Baker
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Special Forces Volume 1

by Kyle Baker

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When introduced to one of the main characters--an autistic teen duped into joining the Army so a recruiter can save his butt from being sent back to Iraq--the "special" in "Special Forces" takes on more meaning. It's not necessarily a profound meaning, but at times Kyle Baker's satire made me shift in my seat a little--especially when it comes to his dedicating the book "to the memories of the countless nameless, unspeakably brave mentally handicapped and/or felons who gave their lives in service of Freedom." That uncomfortableness that I felt was the best part of satire working on me, a gentle queasiness that grew as I realized Baker's not too far off from the truth. Even though the character's flaws are magnified, and their heroics taken to the point of action blockbuster-movie proportions, Baker pulls out some essential truths of America's war for the reader to face: that we rely heavily on the have-nots to fight for us; that war breeds misery; and that our fighting men and women suffer the consequences of a politician's decisions with little support once the shit hits the fan. ( )
  mikewick | Jul 8, 2010 |
The book is the harshest, most serrated satire of the Iraq war yet published.
 
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Zone, the unwitting pawn of a corrupt recruiter, is a mentally disabled soldier. Felony is a three-time loser who enlisted to avoid life in prison. When the rest of their unit is massacred in Baghdad, these teenage soldiers alone must face the norotious terrorist known as The Desert Wolf.… (more)

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