THE CHAPLAIN'S RAID by Ric Hardman

THE CHAPLAIN'S RAID

By
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

A satire on the Marine Corps, this would have been a lot funnier if the dialogue weren't emasculated. The main character is a virgin male Marine who is also assistant to three chaplains but has the rep for being the most assiduous sex athlete in his company. The truth is that Pfc. Charlie Danbom is an orphan, has invented a mother, and to keep status invents a sexy dish from Escondido about whom he weaves and heaves fancies of the flesh. Where does he get these fancies? From the Song of Solomon! Her navel's like a goblet, her belly a heap of wheat, and Danbom comes skipping upon the mountains. There is a very funny scene in the middle where his buddy Marines accidentally read the Bible and discover Danbom's illicit literary silver mine. They put Danbom in Coventry. Danbom has a real girl friend who is mistaken as the object of his lascivious descriptions. Unfortunately Danbom's buddies are painfully cleancut and detract from the satire, but the publishers have high hopes for it and are directing the book toward the market of Onionhead, one we humorlessly underestimated.

Publisher: Coward-McCann