Big in scope, Moore's new novel is both more complex and more fictional than his The Green Berets. The Special Forces are back again, but this time they are only part of a much larger U.S. team operating in the Southeast Asian country called ""Mituyan."" Ostensibly, the team is there to keep the ruling faction in power; however, the anti-Communist rulers are so corrupt and fascistic that even the President and Secretary of Defense see the need for a coup by a rival anti-Communist faction. Meanwhile, the U.S. team of coordinators and experts is pulling futilely in every direction at once. Seldom has U.S. political blundering been so keenly exposed. Our stupidity is so convincingly detailed as to leave the reader disillusioned forever regarding U.S. meddling in Asia. To be sure, the men in the field, the advisors entering the fight, generally seem to know what they're doing although their goals constantly change. Moore's characters are the stock properties of political novels and there's more than a touch of Hollywood in the plotting and romances. But it's impressively full, showing all sides of the battle, and it moves. Sex and torture thrive.