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Publisher Comments:

In the wicked satirical tradition of Joseph Heller and Kurt Vonnegut, the adventures of two naval men follow America’s rise to global dominance as its military burns off excess testosterone, connives to justify its bloated budget, and prepares for the ultimate challenge—the War on Evil. Buddies Jack Hogan and Buzz Rucci joined the U.S. Navy to defend their country, but they soon find themselves serving in a time of "play" war. Jack's rise in the Navy is at first rapid as he dazzles the entire Navy with his brilliant strategy in the Great Big Backfire Raid against the Russians, and single-handedly saves the fleet in the Almost Great Big Train Wreck. But his brilliance and competence foster resentment, and his naval career is soon in the doldrums. Buzz is no match for Jack’s intellect, but he plays the game and knows the folly of embarrassing his superiors. Inevitably Jack alienates one too many of the bathtub admirals, his career takes a dive, and his second marriage goes into a skid. Fed up, he takes early retirement at the rank of commander, and in a final irony, watches newly installed Admiral Rucci sail into the sunset in command of his own fleet. An insider's eye for detail and authenticity delivers a scathingly funny indictment of incompetence at the highest ranks of the armed forces.

Review:

"Retired navy commander Huber's debut novel is a profane and hilarious parody of the post — Cold War navy. Huber's hero is Jack Hogan, a straight arrow trying to keep his sanity in a bureaucratic culture where connections and politics trump competence. Hogan's career appears bright during the waning days of the Cold War, but when the iron curtain crumbles, the 'sandbox generals and bathtub admirals' are reduced to playing war, and Hogan's stock sinks while that of careerists like his friend Buzz Rucci rises. Huber is funniest when satirizing the bureaucratic infighting and petty rules ingrained in naval culture, but he also scores direct hits on feminism, politicians and the military's policy toward homosexuals. Populated by outrageous characters and fueled with pompous outrage, Huber's irreverent broadside will pummel the funny bone of anyone who's served." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Jeff Huber is a 20-year naval veteran who sailed aboard 10 different aircraft carriers, commanded an E-2C Hawkeye aircraft squadron, and served as operations officer of a carrier air wing and an aircraft carrier. His satires and analyses of military and foreign policy affairs have appeared in Proceedings, The Navy, Aviation Week, Reuters, and Uruknet. Several of his essays have been required student reading at the U.S. Naval War College. He is a contributing editor of ePluribus Media and writes a weekly op-ed column for Military.com. He lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781601640192
Publisher:
Kunati Inc.
Subject:
War
Author:
Huber, Jeff
Subject:
War & Military
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Navy
Publication Date:
April 2008
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
311
Dimensions:
9.17x6.50x.94 in. 1.29 lbs.

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Product details 311 pages Kunati Inc. - English 9781601640192 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Retired navy commander Huber's debut novel is a profane and hilarious parody of the post — Cold War navy. Huber's hero is Jack Hogan, a straight arrow trying to keep his sanity in a bureaucratic culture where connections and politics trump competence. Hogan's career appears bright during the waning days of the Cold War, but when the iron curtain crumbles, the 'sandbox generals and bathtub admirals' are reduced to playing war, and Hogan's stock sinks while that of careerists like his friend Buzz Rucci rises. Huber is funniest when satirizing the bureaucratic infighting and petty rules ingrained in naval culture, but he also scores direct hits on feminism, politicians and the military's policy toward homosexuals. Populated by outrageous characters and fueled with pompous outrage, Huber's irreverent broadside will pummel the funny bone of anyone who's served." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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