This is a very original story. It is well-written and powerful. The scenes in country seemed real and gritty to me (I did not serve). Mr. Hefti let the story unfold and kept me wanting to read right up until the end. The main character is both a hero and an anti-hero and i believe this to be hard to pull off.
I also enjoyed the setting of the Lacrosse area and his Wisconsin bars. His characters seem like real people with real problems that do not get solved easily.