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Callisto

by Torsten Krol

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Callisto by Torsten Krol
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  • Published in USA  Mar 2009
    464 pages
    Genre: Novels

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Odell Deefus, who's not the sharpest tool in the shed, has one goal: to "try my hardest to be a good soldier against the mad dog Islamites." But while driving to an army enlistment office in Callisto, Kansas, his '78 Chevy breaks down on the side of a country road, and it's only the beginning of his troubles.

When he accepts a local's offer of shelter until the car is repaired, things go from bad to worse—worse as in murder, drug dealers, tenacious televangelists . . . and finding himself a prime target of the FBI, which thinks he's a member of a terrorist sleeper cell. And none of it bodes well for his unrequited crush on Condoleezza Rice. But fear, rash judgments, and extreme reactions are simply the norm in a post-9/11 world. Odell will just have to deal with it.

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"The plot has its patently absurd moments, but readers of a certain demographic (hint: they're not driving to the recruiter's office) will enjoy the romp." - Publishers Weekly.

"Starred Review. Funny, suspenseful, scary and, most importantly, the best portrayal of an American Innocent since Forrest Gump." - Kirkus Reviews.

"Callisto's roots lie in earlier anti-war fiction. Deefus's unholy innocence places him in a line of modern anti-heroes that starts with Jaroslav Hasek's The Good Soldier Schwejk, while the surreally paranoid government agencies recall the out-of-control war machine of Joseph Heller's Catch-22. Krol gives the tradition a contemporary take, extracting barbed comedy from state insanity." - The Independent (UK).

"Not everyone is going to like Torsten Krol's depiction of life in America or enjoy the book much for that reason. Unfortunately it's not always a pleasant thing to look in a mirror and see yourself on a particularly bad day, and that's what Torsten Krol has done. He caught America in the midst of a very bad day." - Blogcritics.org, Richard Marcus.

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Torsten Krol

Torsten Krol is an Australian writer resident in Queensland. He is the author of The Dolphin People (2006), a postmodern tale of two World War II-era German brothers lost in the South American jungle,[3] and Callisto (2007), a satire on modern day American attitudes to terrorism, post-9/11. Described as a recluse, Krol does not make personal appearances to promote his work.

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