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Odell Deefus, who's not the sharpest tool in the shed, has one goal: to "try my hardest to be a good soldier against the mad dog Islamites." But while driving to an army enlistment office in Callisto, Kansas, his '78 Chevy breaks down on the side of a country road, and it's only the beginning of his troubles. When he accepts a local's offer of shelter until the car is repaired, things go from bad to worse--worse as in murder, drug dealers, tenacious televangelists . . . and finding himself a prime target of the FBI, which thinks he's a member of a terrorist sleeper cell. And none of it bodes well for his unrequited crush on Condoleezza Rice. But fear, rash judgments, and extreme reactions are simply the norm in a post-9/11 world. Odell will just have to deal with it.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 437 pages
  • 134.62 x 203.2 x 30.48mm | 204.12g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Original
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061672947
  • 9780061672941
  • 1,750,808

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"Odell has one of those narrative voices that grabs you out of the gate and never lets go. Think The Good Soldier Swiek with a touch of Confederacy of Dunces and maybe even a little Catcher in the Rye."--Booklist (starred review)
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Rating details

559 ratings
3.81 out of 5 stars
5 28% (158)
4 38% (211)
3 24% (134)
2 8% (43)
1 2% (13)
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