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Sword Point

(1988)
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In his foreword U.S. Army officer Coyle ( Team Yankee ) says that the Red Army treasures ''conformity and discipline'' while the U.S. ''places its trust in the ability of the individual soldier and his leaders.'' We are not surprised, therefore, when his thriller picks the winner of a two-month war between the superpowers in Iran. There is a little suspense about whether Iran, fighting both ''satans,'' will detonate an atomic bomb, and somewhat less about whether the U.S.S.R. will start chemical warfare. The narrative consists mainly of set pieces on back-and-forth desert fighting, flashing from one side to another and featuring some continuing characters. But all the characters are paper-thin and all sound equally earnest and boring. Interest is not sustained by the book's undeniable authenticity, which has all the style of a training manual. And confusion arrives with the authentic alphabet soup: lots of info about MRRs, RDEs, BDUs, etc. Coyle's prose is often clumsy, the chapter-head quotes (from Napoleon, Sherman et al.) are as pertinent as fortune cookies and the ending manages to be sentimental and ungrammatical at the same time.

    

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Hardback Editions

July 1991 : USA Hardback
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Title: Sword Point
Author(s): Harold Coyle
ISBN: 0-671-66553-7 / 978-0-671-66553-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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January 1989 : USA Hardback
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Title: Sword Point
Author(s): HAROLD COYLE
ISBN: 0-670-82570-0 / 978-0-670-82570-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking
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September 1988 : Hardback
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Title: Sword Point
Author(s): Harold W Coyle
ISBN: 5552446216 / 978-5552446216
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books
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Paperback Editions

June 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: SWORD POINT
Author(s): Harold Coyle
ISBN: 1-5011-5712-4 / 978-1-5011-5712-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Gallery Books
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July 1994 : USA Paperback
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Title: Sword Point
Author(s): Harold Coyle
ISBN: 0-671-85294-9 / 978-0-671-85294-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pocket Books
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August 1989 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Sword Point
Author(s): Harold Coyle
ISBN: 0-671-66554-5 / 978-0-671-66554-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pocket Books
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December 1990 : Paperback

Title: Sword Point
Author(s): Harold Coyle
ISBN: 9995224178 / 978-9995224172
Publisher: Pocket Books
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1989 : UK Paperback
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Title: Sword Point
Author(s): Harold Coyle
ISBN: 0-14-011702-4 / 978-0-14-011702-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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1990 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Sword Point
Author(s): Harold Coyle
ISBN: 0-671-73712-0 / 978-0-671-73712-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pocket Books
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February 1989 : USA Paperback
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Title: Sword Point
Author(s): Harold Coyle
ISBN: 0-671-67790-X / 978-0-671-67790-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pocket
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Audio Editions

October 1988 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Sword Point
Author(s): Coyle
ISBN: 0-671-67404-8 / 978-0-671-67404-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audioworks
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