A Crooked Path

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iUniverse, 2001 - Fiction - 269 pages
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In his youth, a mean-spirited stepfather teaches Vladimir Antonovich that the only way to succeed in life is to become highly proficient in the art of fighting. Vladimir's early years are filled with fights and brutality. At the age of eighteen, he's drafted into the Soviet Army. He swears he will kill his stepfather some day, once the Army shows him how.He faces a new brutality at the Course of the Young Soldier, but survives it, too, and is selected to attend an Airborne College where he is commissioned a lieutenant. Later, he marries Aleksandra and they have a son. The hate for his stepfather still burns.Eleven years later, in 1980, he's given a special assignment to Afghanistan where he assassinates a Mujahedin leader, after losing most of his men. He returns home a hero with the hate for his stepfather burning even more. He finally visits him one last time, and while they talk and drink vodka, ugly images flash. He recalls the brutality of his youth, the brutality of basic training, and the brutality of Afghanistan. His brain crackling with fire, a question flashes. Should he kill the old man or not?
 

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
18
Section 3
26
Section 4
39
Section 5
54
Section 6
60
Section 7
72
Section 8
85
Section 14
153
Section 15
164
Section 16
178
Section 17
185
Section 18
196
Section 19
199
Section 20
209
Section 21
218

Section 9
93
Section 10
99
Section 11
111
Section 12
128
Section 13
143
Section 22
247
Section 23
255
Section 24
259
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Gallinger is retired and writing. He was a civil servant and assigned throughout the U.S. Europe, the Middle East adn Asia.

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