The Gopher King
by Gojan Nikolich
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Pub Date 12 Nov 2020 | Archive Date 31 Jan 2021
A suicidal former platoon sergeant, sole survivor of a Vietnam War jungle ambush, is haunted by what he perceives as his cowardly past. Debilitated by guilt and mourning the death of his wife, small town newspaper publisher Stan Przewalski lives in a PTSD-fueled world where it is impossible to distinguish reality from fantasy.
Returning from a Vietnam sightseeing tour, his suppressed memories resurface with a vengeance as he deals with a murder and a raging wildfire that threatens to destroy his hometown of Bull River Falls, Colorado. The overly medicated vet meets a magical creature who wears paratrooper boots and rock band tee shirts and commands a subterranean army that believes Stan is the answer to their fight against unscrupulous real estate developers.
While they sabotage cell phone towers and government buildings, these supernatural friends provide an unlikely path to Stan’s redemption.
What could possibly go wrong?
A Note From the Publisher
"Imaginative and often beguiling, like a mashup of Platoon and Gremlins scripted by William S. Burroughs." –Kirkus Reviews
"Nikolich's story shimmers with intersecting layers of identity and fantastical complexities." –Authors Reading
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Average rating from 4 members
This is a pretty good read that displays the author's imagination. The writing is solid and paced well, and I found it to be unpredictable. Recommended for fans of dark comedy.
Thanks very much for the review copy!!
Thank you to the publisher for an advance copy of This book via netgalley!
A man who brings home the Vietnam war due to the atrocities that he witnessed there. a man who struggles with his hallucinations while struggling to preserve his current life. A different and fascinating book.
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