|'Patrol' (10,000 words.)
McFall watched the helicopter drop onto the tiny landing area
-- its downwash threatening to blow over the nearby tents -- and
a lieutenant jumped to the ground.
Sergeant McFall is Northern Ireland's answer to Sgt. Rock of Easy
Company, jungle-fighting in a future Madagascar against Open Prison-type
Bugs. Apart from the just-flown-in Lt. Nolan (Jim really
liked that surname), McFall and his fellow patrol members are
". . . veterans of this war, men who had no hope of winning it
quickly because their enemy would not stand still and fight, and
men who -- unlike the warriors of previous conflicts -- were hated
rather than hero-worshipped by the civilians. Oh yes, a
most frustrating war." Eat your heart out, Oliver Stone
-- with fava beans.
Synopsis by graham Andrews