Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )
New York: Simon & Schuster, (2001). First edition - The author's first novel, set in Somalia - "When Lieutenant Gavin Kelly's recon platoon swims ashore a Mogadishu beach under the glare of news camera lights, it is an appropriately surreal beginning to Operation Restore hope. . . Minutes after the Marines' celebrated landing, one of Kelly's men kills an armed Somali bodyguard. The circumstances of the killing are unclear and Kelly finds himself in the center of a malestrom. he must act quickly to deflect a vociferous outcry from members of the international press corps, censure by his Marine superiors, and the possibility of losing the loyalty of his men--particularly two enlisted leaders in the platoon who have vouched for the necessity of the kill." West was a lieutenant in the Marines and commanded a special ops unit, so he can write with accuracy and knowledge of the challenges imposed by modern warfare. Winner of the Boyd literary award for best military novel. 312 pp.
Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.