• Quite brilliant

  • In his elegant, sometimes ornate, prose, Styron balances a loathing of military life with a respect for the human nobility it grants the most unlikely candidates

    Daily Telegraph
  • This group of previously unpublished stories by Pulitzer Prize-winner William Styron crackle with youthful virtuosity

    Jeffrey Taylor, Sunday Express
  • What intrigues here is the way all soldiers, whether or not they ever see combat, still live with the notion: I am expendable canon fodder. And that sort of existential knowledge makes even the toughest Marine pause for thought

    Douglas Kennedy, Independent
  • This book will be welcomed by admirers of Styron's work

    Times Literary Supplement

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