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Fives and twenty-fives : a novel, Michael Pitre

Label
Fives and twenty-fives : a novel
Title
Fives and twenty-fives
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Michael Pitre
Title variation
5s & 25s
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"It's the rule--always watch your fives and twenty-fives. When a convoy halts to investigate a possible roadside bomb, stay in the vehicle and scan five meters in every direction. A bomb inside five meters cuts through the armor, killing everyone in the truck. Once clear, get out and sweep twenty-five meters. A bomb inside twenty-five meters kills the dismounted scouts investigating the road ahead. Fives and twenty-fives mark the measure of a marine's life in the road repair platoon. Dispatched to fill potholes on the highways of Iraq, the platoon works to assure safe passage for citizens and military personnel. Their mission lacks the glory of the infantry, but in a war where every pothole contains a hidden bomb, road repair brings its own danger. Lieutenant Donavan leads the platoon, painfully aware of his shortcomings and isolated by his rank. Doc Pleasant, the medic, joined for opportunity, but finds his pride undone as he watches friends die. And there's Kateb, known to the Americans as Dodge, an Iraqi interpreter whose love of American culture--from hip-hop to the dog-eared copy of Huck Finn he carries--is matched only by his disdain for what Americans are doing to his country. Returning home, they exchange one set of decisions and repercussions for another, struggling to find a place in a world that no longer knows them. A debut both transcendent and rooted in the flesh, Fives and Twenty-Fives is a deeply necessary novel"--
Summary
When you're in a Marine platoon dispatched to repair roads in Iraq, fives and twenty-fives are important -- they mark the distance, in meters, at which roadside bombs can kill. In this debut novel, written by an Iraq War veteran, we hear the stories of the platoon leader, who feels isolated by his rank; the medic, unraveled by the deaths of friends; and their Iraqi interpreter, who both loves and hates what America represents. Fives and Twenty-Fives jumps back and forth between their time in Iraq and their present in the U.S. (or Tunisia, in the case of the asylum-seeking interpreter), and movingly captures the horrors of war and the difficulties of returning to civilian life. -- Description by Shauna Griffin
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Library Journal Best Books 2014
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10321787
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DLC
Dewey number
813/.6
Illustrations
maps
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3616.I88
LC item number
F58 2014
Literary form
fiction
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True
Target audience
adult
Label
Fives and twenty-fives : a novel, Michael Pitre
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Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
20263800
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
380 pages
Isbn
9781620407547
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014004161
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn876466320
  • (OCoLC)876466320
Label
Fives and twenty-fives : a novel, Michael Pitre
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
20263800
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
380 pages
Isbn
9781620407547
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014004161
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn876466320
  • (OCoLC)876466320

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