Nicknamed after the gas mask he and his fellow soldiers will wear as they fight in the Persian Gulf War, Aardvark is a tactical jet crewman headed for combat in this dark comedy. He recounts the days before he is called to fight and the carrier's progress toward its destination in blistering prose. The war is really happening on TV, and everyone on the ship is tuned to CNN. Aardvark wanders the ship with video camera in hand, filming the rule-bound officers, musclehead bunkmates, and porn entrepreneurs in an attempt to tune out reality. But as the ship nears its destination, he is forced to face his growing fears and sense of alienation.
©1997 by James W. Blinn, All Rights Reserved, Abridgment Approved by the Author; (P)1997 Time Warner AudioBooks, ©1997 Time Warner AudioBooks (Packaging Elements Only), A Division of Time Warner Trade Publishing