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Reviewed by Paul F. Johnson for Readers' Favorite
Sometimes a book comes along like A Bloody Wonderful War by Herb Hughes that grabs the reader from the first page. The world as we know it has changed; war, the killing and destruction are obsolete. Casualties are replaced by points, and target dummies are the only things ‘killed’. The army accumulating the most points gets to set world policy for twenty-five years. Now along comes the LAE, Liberian Army in Exile, a group of misfits, bums, and thieves, just trying to survive, led by an old relic of a commander.
Things change rapidly for the LAE after they find out about the legendary Maboso treasure, possibly the greatest treasure the world has ever known. They decide to find it and split it, making them all very, very wealthy. But, they must travel through 180 miles of African jungle to get to the "X" marked on the ancient treasure map, dead center of the war zone. Does the treasure really exist? And if it does, can they find it… and make it out alive?
From the first pages of A Bloody Wonderful War, I found myself looking forward to what was coming next. The unique band of outlandish characters was superbly developed and the reader will quickly learn to like them. The dialogue was great, showing people from all walks of life with many differences, but who can learn to work together when necessary. This book is a blend of humor and adventure, and is not easy to put down. Very good, I enjoyed reading it. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good, simple, easy, fun read. Well done.