The Spoils Of War
Submitted by Burt Kocain on 24 December 2013 - 7:51am
a multi-billion dollar heist set in post-reconstruction Iraq. A tautly-written and meticulously researched thriller that is startlingly based on real events (except the ones that were made up), Spoils Of War follows our hero Mitchell Walker from a failed marriage in New Zealand, through the hell-hole of Iraq, to the glittering towers of Dubai, hunting down a shitload of heisted money. There's some relationship stuff in it, but it never gets in the way of somebody getting his face shot off or exploded. The plot's more cleverer than usual - it got rejected by one publisher as being "too well written for the genre" - other rejections were basically variants of "we got books like it" or "we got none books like it". If you like sensitive, issue-based novels examining our failure to commit to a relationship in a world where conventional mores are being overturned, then avoid Spoils Of War. Otherwise, do cough up the risibly few pence asked. Amazon and Endeavour Press dot coms.
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Just about any of the pleasures that life has to offer. If you've enjoyed a fag on top of the bus, a chilled glass of Mateus Rose, or one of Picasso's poems, then this is the book for you. By turns a sublime meditation on loss and a heartfelt crie du coeur for man's inhumanity to man, it also has some fucking fantastic explosions an' guns an' shit what will keep you enthralled as what only fine literature can. I can offhand think of no greater work of art in any medium. But I've run out of spa
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I've never learned anything, obviously.