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  • "This group of previously unpublished stories by Pulitzer Prize-winner William Styron crackle with youthful virtuosity"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