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He's California surfer Cody "Cowboy" Carmichael, and his life is forever changed when he meets Private Tommy Trang at boot camp. Trang is not your typical American patriot--his mother was a Saigon prostitute, his father a dead U.S. marine, and Trang's heart soon belongs to a sixteen-year-old Kuwaiti princess trapped behind the lines when the Iraqis invade her country. Together, the two marines are ready to wave the American flag all the way to Baghdad, or at least into occupied Kuwait, to rescue Princess Lulu. During the exciting, moving, and often hilarious account of these two AWOL marines sneaking through the Iraqi lines, the mellow Carmichael gets to know the heart of Pvt. Tommy Trang, and discovers a new brand of patriotism that is gripping, contagious, and as deep as life itself.

A powerful first novel by an award-winning writer, The Pearl of Kuwait is Romeo and Juliet meets Lawrence of Arabia. Tom Paine has created an enthralling, joyful, and original story with the classic ingredients of love and war.

Review:

"Paine shows his usual affection for all kinds of political underdogs, but the novel lacks the moral complexity of his best stories....Paine's naifs are less Huck and Jim than Bill and Ted on an excellent, Hollywood-ready adventure, but his sense of humor is irresistible." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Paine's book is so cool it makes me want to slap him five....Plus, it's a gamble to tell the whole thing in surferese, but he like totally pulls it off!" Keir Graff, Booklist

Synopsis:

Private Tommy Trang is the best marine imaginable; he's smart, daring, physically fit, and patriotic to the core. California surfer Cody "Cowboy" Carmichael acts as his

co-conspirator and Boswell during the Gulf War as the two AWOL marines sneak through the Iraqi lines to rescue the sixteen-year-old Princess Lulu, who has captured Trang's heart. In an adventure filled with humor and heroism, mellow Carmichael gets to know the fervent heart of Tommy Trang--and what it means to be a true patriot.

In his first novel, award-winning author Tom Paine has created an enthralling, joyful, and picaresque tale of love and war.

Synopsis:

He's California surfer Cody "Cowboy" Carmichael, and his life is forever changed when he meets Private Tommy Trang at boot camp. Trang is not your typical American patriot--his mother was a Saigon prostitute, his father a dead U.S. marine, and Trang's heart soon belongs to a sixteen-year-old Kuwaiti princess trapped behind the lines when the Iraqis invade her country. Together, the two marines are ready to wave the American flag all the way to Baghdad, or at least into occupied Kuwait, to rescue Princess Lulu. During the exciting, moving, and often hilarious account of these two AWOL marines sneaking through the Iraqi lines, the mellow Carmichael gets to know the heart of Pvt. Tommy Trang, and discovers a new brand of patriotism that is gripping, contagious, and as deep as life itself. A powerful first novel by an award-winning writer, The Pearl of Kuwait is Romeo and Juliet meets Lawrence of Arabia. Tom Paine has created an enthralling, joyful, and original story with the classic ingredients of love and war.

About the Author

Tom Paine is a graduate of Princeton and the Columbia M.F.A. program. His book of short stories, Scar Vegas, was a finalist for the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780151005185
Author:
Paine, Tom
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Location:
New York
Subject:
War
Subject:
Americans
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Kuwait
Subject:
Vietnamese Americans
Subject:
Marines
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
War & Military
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
S-02-001
Publication Date:
20030303
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in
Age Level:
from 14

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Product details 320 pages Harcourt - English 9780151005185 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Paine shows his usual affection for all kinds of political underdogs, but the novel lacks the moral complexity of his best stories....Paine's naifs are less Huck and Jim than Bill and Ted on an excellent, Hollywood-ready adventure, but his sense of humor is irresistible."
"Review" by , "Paine's book is so cool it makes me want to slap him five....Plus, it's a gamble to tell the whole thing in surferese, but he like totally pulls it off!"
"Synopsis" by ,
Private Tommy Trang is the best marine imaginable; he's smart, daring, physically fit, and patriotic to the core. California surfer Cody "Cowboy" Carmichael acts as his

co-conspirator and Boswell during the Gulf War as the two AWOL marines sneak through the Iraqi lines to rescue the sixteen-year-old Princess Lulu, who has captured Trang's heart. In an adventure filled with humor and heroism, mellow Carmichael gets to know the fervent heart of Tommy Trang--and what it means to be a true patriot.

In his first novel, award-winning author Tom Paine has created an enthralling, joyful, and picaresque tale of love and war.

"Synopsis" by , He's California surfer Cody "Cowboy" Carmichael, and his life is forever changed when he meets Private Tommy Trang at boot camp. Trang is not your typical American patriot--his mother was a Saigon prostitute, his father a dead U.S. marine, and Trang's heart soon belongs to a sixteen-year-old Kuwaiti princess trapped behind the lines when the Iraqis invade her country. Together, the two marines are ready to wave the American flag all the way to Baghdad, or at least into occupied Kuwait, to rescue Princess Lulu. During the exciting, moving, and often hilarious account of these two AWOL marines sneaking through the Iraqi lines, the mellow Carmichael gets to know the heart of Pvt. Tommy Trang, and discovers a new brand of patriotism that is gripping, contagious, and as deep as life itself. A powerful first novel by an award-winning writer, The Pearl of Kuwait is Romeo and Juliet meets Lawrence of Arabia. Tom Paine has created an enthralling, joyful, and original story with the classic ingredients of love and war.
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