Nancy W. Faber

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["The Ghost Front"] is furnished with the ritual trappings of the [war story] genre, from the tough-talking Sarge to the melting-pot platoon roster. Times have changed to the point where it is implied that soldiers have occasion to swear. Many characters are introduced only to die unpleasant deaths, without heroics....

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["The Ghost Front"] is furnished with the ritual trappings of the [war story] genre, from the tough-talking Sarge to the melting-pot platoon roster. Times have changed to the point where it is implied that soldiers have occasion to swear. Many characters are introduced only to die unpleasant deaths, without heroics. There are even some bum officers. More important, the enemy is given his due; usually faceless, he is nonetheless competent and not the sauerkraut-stuffed clown so humorously depicted on TV these days. (p. 20)

Nancy W. Faber, in The New York Times Book Review (© 1968 by The New York Times Company; reprinted by permission), April 14, 1968.

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