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Captain Blackman

Captain Blackman - John A. Williams, Alexs D. Pate Ugh. one of Williams' misses -- and it misses hard. An attempt to celebrate the african american contribution to military experience turns into a repetative, shallow novel that has a few good moments overshadowed by a lack of real exploration. perhaps it was too ambitious to try and cover every war in US history? Perhaps, also, it fails to do some basic work in developing the characters (who change slightly in every war that the main character appears in). Williams seems uninterested in clearly informing the reader whether the main character simply appears in each conflict or if he lives through the times of peace in between. no one seems to notice/care that a modern man keeps showing up from nowhere.

In the end, it seems to all be a mortal-injury related dream. but by then it doesn't matter.