Operating Base Cornucopia: A 300-year-old fortress in the remote Iraqi desert where a few dozen soldiers wait for their next assignment - among them Private Toby Durrant, a self-described broke nobody. Then, a deadly ambush touches off events that put Durrant in the middle of a far-reaching conspiracy. Insurgents massing in the nearby hills, a secretive member of military intelligence, an abandoned toy factory, and a mysterious, half-feral child: Durrant must figure out the links between them if hes to survive.
A classic story of a decent man trying to do right under impossible circumstances, this blistering look at military life in the sandbox of Iraq marks the debut of a major new talent.
"Readers will empathize with the author's everyman narrator as Toby tries to survive while maintaining his humanity. Zimmerman is a talent to watch." (Publishers Weekly)
"This fine first novel skillfully portrays both the eternal verities of war as well as the stark differences that each war imposes on the young who do the fighting; like many war novels, it powerfully conveys the message that young soldiers are more honorable than those who put them in harm’s way." (Booklist)
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