THE NOVEL

Click this link (tattoo-zoo-sample-pgs1-60) to open to read or download the first 60 pages for free. Read these pages exactly as they are in printed novel, in pdf, page by page.

Available at Amazon in quality trade paperback. It’s a big, classic war novel, priced to be read at $14. The Amazon preview (“See Inside”) is limited to a few pages, but the pdf above should give you a real good idea if it’s a big enough read for you. See the novel at Amazon here:  http://www.amazon.com/Tattoo-Zoo-Novel-Afghan-War/dp/1505369487/

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Zoo Back Cover 14-1202 + bleedCritical Reviews: 

AN IMPORTANT AND DISTINCTLY AMERICAN BOOK. . . A BIG NOVEL IN THE TRADITION OF THE NAKED AND THE DEAD. . .  Publisher’s New Look

Unforgettable. . . A beautifully crafted novel, authentic and powerful, filled with heroism, terror, politics, profound waste, and, ultimately, love in the triumphant of good. . . Gripping. . . To become a war classic. Move over, Normal Mailer. Make way, James Jones.     —London Thames Review

Superb. . . A treasure. . . A masterpiece of war fiction. A full-blooded inspection right into the heart of the Afghan war through the eyes and hearts of the linedogs fighting it.     —Charleston Tidewater Ledger

They should read this in the Obama White House, on Capitol Hill, in the Pentagon and at the Bush and Cheney ranches. But they will not want to believe it. They will refuse to believe it.  —UK Sun-Guardian

IT WILL DRAW YOU IN AND EVENTUALLY SUCK THE VERY BREATH OUT OF YOU. . . A TRIUMPH!   —J.K. Sibley, Boston Times

. . . oozes authenticity. The author makes it clear in his depiction of the infantry GI that he has been to war with them, has lived with them, has seen them wounded and killed beside him. Yes, this is fiction, but the men and women, from privates to colonels to the 4-star, are so real that you will know them, if only by other names and faces — those standing at attention in the ranks around you. –CSM (ret) Nate Ricketts, Screaming Eagle Weekly (Fort Campbell)

A war story of this generation. Nothing short of revolutionary in its telling. Nothing short of profound in its frightening message of the injustices we are inflicting upon our soldiers caught in battlefield political correctness.  —Iowa Writer’s Wordworks Quarterly

. . . A novel that gives us a story of war in its most raw essence. It will lay claim as the one book to be read about the American war in Afghanistan.  —Kevin Nevisoll, Denver Times-Intelligencer

A perfect meshing of style and substance, blisteringly original. Avallone’s prose is choppy and abrupt and acrobatic, and you can’t pull your eyes away. Like his anti-hero ex-Marine Kyle Wolfe, Avallone plays by his own rules. . .  —Orange Coast Literary View

For the 99.8% of Americans who know the Afghan War only from snippets reported in the lazy media, Tattoo Zoo will put you there personally, vividly, viscerally. For the .2% who were there, this will bring you right back. It’s the book you will pass on to your friends among the 99.8% who ask you what it was like, while telling them simply, “Read this.”  —Jim Keller, Captain (ret), The Green Beret Flash

A BIG NOVEL OF A FUTILE WAR. . . . Sit back and allow yourself to be swept into the expansive story told in brilliant simplicity in the language of the very generation we’ve called upon to fight this war. —Peter Yank, Houston Alamo Current

. . . hard and cold and exact. . . . The characters very deliberately bring you into that distant war. I never thought I’d be choked up by them and can’t begin to tell you how many times out of nowhere I was. And moved to tears.   —All-American Para-Glider, (Fort Bragg)

. . . MEGA-COOL . . . FEROCIOUS . . . SURPRISINGLY MOVING . . . THREE DAYS THAT WILL DEFINE THE AFGHAN WAR . . . —Summer Elliott, The Atlantic Standard

In his debut novel Avallone does what Karl Marlantes did in Matterhorn, John Del Vecchio did in The 13th Valley and James Jones did in The Thin Red Line. . . Take note, Tattoo Zoo will be a classic. —San Diego Palm Chronicle


 

 

 

 

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