Soldier in Paradise by John Mort
A Novel

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Mort's compelling first novel embodies both the Vietnam combat experience and the sad aftermath for those who underwent it. The novel alternates between the "stateside" chapters after the war and the Vietnam chapters dramatizing the war, creating a tension back and forth in time as well as geography. Through a wry first person narrative readers come to know the bookish, reluctant soldier and his comrades in the jungle and the psychologically wounded man who slowly climbs back into a productive life.
 

About John Mort

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JOHN MORT has worked as an adult services librarian, writes a column on Christian Fiction for Booklist and has published an award-winning novel and a collection of short stories.
 
Published January 16, 2013 by Stockton Lake Publishers. 178 pages
Genres: History, War, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Before that stage of recognition can be reached, however, the reader will be taken through swamp, plain, paddy, and jungle with Irish’s beleaguered platoon, through stages of death, suffering, horror, misery, irony, pathos, and humor that will finally allow the story to cohere, giving epiphany (e...

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Irish soon realizes what his presence means to the group: ""It's a nasty thing to say, but I think having Sanchez among us was comforting, because he made it clear how much worse things could be."" Mort's unsentimental narrative draws the reader deep into Irish's story with a consistent air of au...

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