Stuart Chambers' 'The Far Out Cafe' comes at you like a sustained burst of machine-gun fire.
Chambers' description of the insanity of the conflict and the dehumanising of those affected is gripping, the writing intense and staccato in places. Many books have been written about that particular conflict, but only a few (at least for me) capture the psychotic unreality of individuals who have lost their moral compass. This book has that ring of authenticity to it, with throwaway descriptions of tactics and weaponry and almost casually-described slaughter.
The second half of 'The Far Out Cafe' chronicles the shifting alliances and damaged lives of the remaining protagonists, including Daniel the main character who develops an Ahab-like obsession with a man-eating shark. The narrative has a number of twists and turns which keeps it fresh.
This Indie novel would benefit from some objective editing and a little pruning in the second half where the pace slows a little. None of this, however, significantly detracts from what is essentially a visceral and ultimately a very human tale, and one that is well told.