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Just finished this book. It's the story of an American fighting in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) on the side of the Republic (against Franco's fascists). The American is sent into the mountains behind enemy lines where he joins up with a local, rag-tag band of guerilla fighters. With the help of the guerillas and any mountain friends of theirs he can recruit, his mission is to take and blow up a fascist controlled bridge a little ways down the mountain.

Before reading it, I thought this would be a sweeping war epic and a slow, laborious read. Not the case at all. It actually takes place in a small area (one section of mountains) with a small number of characters, over a period of 3 days. There are numerous examples of survival techniques and "using your head". It is action-packed and a fast read, and well worth it for anyone on these boards.
 

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Great book, hard to put down. Of course I am a Hemingway fan.
 

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PS
try some Robert Ruark's writings, he was from my area. Pick up Something of Value, not to long but a good book.
 

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I reiterate gang read Robert Ruark's book's especially Something of Value it goes along the line s of what we learn here on this site.
 

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Hemingway has always been one of my favorites.
I've got a book of his short stories that stays on my nightstand. I never get tired of reading his stuff. Great writer and a very imperfect man. I sure would have enjoyed drinking a few beers with him.
 
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