The Girl in Green by Derek B. Miller

The Girl in Green

From the author of Norwegian by Night, a novel about two men on a misbegotten quest to save the girl they failed to save decades before1991. Near Checkpoint Zulu, one hundred miles from the Kuwaiti border, Thomas Benton meets Arwood Hobbes. Benton is a British journalist who reports from war zones in part to avoid his lackluster marriage and a daughter he loves but cannot connect with; Arwood is a midwestern American private who might be an insuf...

Details The Girl in Green

TitleThe Girl in Green
Release DateJan 3rd, 2017
PublisherMariner Books
GenreFiction, War, Historical, Historical Fiction, Thriller, Mystery

Reviews The Girl in Green

  • Diane S ☔
    Exploring the many different agencies, the political nightmare of trying to understand the many different cultures and the religious beliefs of each, Miller has invented two very unique and quite likable characters, Arrowood and Benson. When they first meet the Gulf War has ended, at least ended as far as the United States is concerned, now turning to a peace keeping role, but as far as the infighting between the different tribes are concerned, t...
  • Iris P
    The Girl in GreenFrequently novels include a disclaimer that goes something like: "This is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to actual events or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental." The disclaimer in The Girl In Green simply states: "Inspired by many actual events"Sometimes a book is just a work of fiction and sometimes you come across a story that, although technically fictional, it is quite a challenge to draw the line between m...
  • Betsy Robinson
    This is a sometimes Catch 22-esque war story by heavily-credentialed specialist in international affairs Derek B. Miller. It takes place during the Desert Storm Gulf War and then 22 years later. The banter and almost-casual profundity of the narrative are spectacularly funny and wonderful, the tension is palpable, the writing is both solid and spontaneous, and the meaning so timely I want to scream, "Thank you!" Not a spoiler because I won't give...
  • ☮Karen
    What I love about this author is his ability to formulate outstanding sentences, to illustrate his ideas with intelligence and an immaculate sense of humor. Those sentences were scattered throughout, yet I had difficulty seeing them as a cohesive story. It felt uneven to me. After loving his first book so much, I never expected to struggle with this one. The subject matter undoubtedly was my main problem, with Desert Storm being over but not real...
  • Marianne
    The Girl in Green is the second novel by American novelist and international policy specialist, Derek B. Miller. It’s late March 1991, and United States Army Private Arwood Hobbes is at the northern edge of Checkpoint Zulu, “maintaining a vigilant perimeter” in Iraq’s newly-brokered peace, when a British journalist from the Times wanders up. Thomas Benton is a seasoned war correspondent who’s after the story from a local perspective. Wi...
  • Carolyn
    When British Journalist Thomas Benton meets US soldier Arwood Hobbes in 1991 at Checkpoint Zulu near the Kuwaiti border where he is part of the force remaining to keep the peace after the end of Desert Storm, he sets in train events that culminate 22 years later in a dangerous and daring rescue mission. Benton wanders off to a nearby village hoping for some local stories and gets caught up in a mortar attack on the village by local insurgents at ...
  • Jill
    Welcome to post-war Iraq, where it’s increasingly difficult to distinguish the war from the so-called peace. Derek B. Miller has worked on international peace and security of diplomatic missions and the United Nations, and it shows. His book has the ring of authenticity, which makes for mesmerizing reading.The novel starts in 1991,when two men – a British war journalist named Thomas Benton and a fearless and possibly unhinged American private...
  • switterbug (Betsey)
    "It has been said that the US army was designed by geniuses to be run by idiots."It isn’t every writer that accomplishes what this author did: grip me from the first to last pages. Miller’s cinematic and CATCH-22-esque story is suspenseful, and the prose is lucid and muscular. The thrilling plot threads, the robust characters, and the enduring themes develop with a fluent and resonant rhythm, keeping me fastened to the book at every turn. I w...
  • Mary Lins
    READ THIS! READ THIS! PLEASE, EVERYBODY READ THIS!Is "The Girl in Green", by Derek B. Miller, an action-paced thriller? Yes!Is it a literary tour de force? Yes!Is it timely? Yes!Is it a satire? Yes!Is it a farce? Yes!Is it hilarious? Yes!Is it heartbreaking? Yes!Is it this Century's "Catch 22"? Yes!Miller grabbed me at the first paragraph and never let me go! What a talent! Miller's writing style and narrative "voice" are unique, crystal clear, a...
  • Kate
    It's not often I give a book five stars so when I do it is because the book has really made me think or feel more than anything else I have read recently, not because it will one day become a classic or it is a book that will be studied in school classrooms for years to come, but because of what it meant to me, right here, right now. I work in a bookshop and I read a lot. I read good books. I read books that make me wonder how they ever got publi...
  • Benjamin Thomas
    This is not a book to choose if you’re looking for some light entertainment or to curl up with on a cold night for a feel-good story. But if you’re looking for an in-depth and insightful literary experience related to the incredibly complex nature of Middle-eastern affairs then this would be a wise choice.Two main characters drive the plot: the American, Arwood Hobbes, whom we first meet as a US Army private manning Checkpoint Zulu at the ver...
  • Roman Clodia
    "There are always reasons, Jamal, but not justifications": thus Arwood Hobbes, the improbable moral centre of this intense and brilliant novel set amidst the chaos of Syria and Iraq. Miller knows what he's talking about and the story drips with authenticity from the aid workers to the various armies, the refugees to the journalists. It would have been easy for this to be sanctimonious and hand-wringing but the style is lit by a cynical, acidic hu...
  • Alex Cantone
    In 1991, at Checkpoint Zulu Southern Iraq after Operation Desert Storm, American soldier Arwood Hobbes meets "Times" reporter Thomas Benton, the one bored, the other itching to find out the real story. Benton reaches a Shi'ite town only to be bombarded by Sunni helicopter gunships. He tries to reach the safety of the checkpoint with 'the girl in green' and Hobbes deserts his post to help. They are surrounded by insurgents and the girl is shot dea...
  • Lori O
    Derek B. Miller is an international policy specialist. He’s an expert on the history, culture and political systems of countries he studies. In other words ... he’s up on current events! "The Girl In Green" takes place at the end of the Gulf War in 1991 and perfectly captures the complicated Iraq-Syria relations and the West’s failure to provide relief to the desperate plight of refugees left from the affects of war. Private Arwood Hobbes a...
  • Jeanette
    Well written and gritty. It reminds me in more than one way to Catch-22. Especially in the tone, and in the basic vulnerability of the protagonists. The two main characters are superbly framed and not cardboard or cartoon like. But I thought too that several aspects were just too contrived, convenient to pass reality muster. I know too many desert vets and men/women like my brother who have done more than double stints. Human life is not held to ...
  • Cindy
    A Goodreads win! At checkpoint Zulu near the Kuwait border 2 men, a journalist and an American soldier, attempt to save a young girl in a green dress. Unfortunately they witness her brutal murder. Twenty years later they have the opportunity to once again save a girl in a green dress. Both men are obsessed as they seek to rid themselves of guilt. This is just the tip of the iceberg as the author, Derek Miller, keeps us in the middle east where wa...
  • Ken Fredette
    This time I'm back in 1972 when I was overseas in the service in Turkey. The people there weren't interested in traveling the world like American's were. Derek B. Miller creates characters that seem to come out of the Korean War in the TV series Mash. Only 40 years later. It's 1991 and the aftermath of the Kuwaiti war a journalist, Thomas Benton, meets an American private, Arwood Hobbes. And they see some action where a young girl dies in Arwood'...
  • Chuck
    4.25-starsIf THE GIRL IN GREEN doesn’t at least make the Man Booker shortlist later this year, I’ll eat my hat. This is education through fiction at its best, really: You set out to be entertained, which you are, but you also learn some stuff during the journey. And given the topic it’s oh-so timely as well. A lot of people would do well to read this one (about 40 percent of America, for starters).
  • Anne ✨
    This book should be SO MUCH better KNOWN than it is!!! I myself had not heard of this author before a Goodreads friend recommended him, and I'm so glad to have discovered him. While I would not normally gravitate towards political/war books, The Girl in Green is a really engaging fictional yet realistic story that is haunting and complex, and highly insightful about the political climate of Iraq-Syria-US relations during and after the Gulf War in...
  • Stephanie Anze
    3.5 rounded to 4Its 1991 and Arthur Hobbes is a US soldier manning the line that divides Checkpoint Zulu and the Kuwait border. When Thomas Benton, a British journalist, approaches him, they begin a rather honest conversation about the end of the (Dessert Storm) war and the "peace" that follows. Benton mentions he would like to cross the Kuwait border for a few hours, to take some pictures and talk to the locals. Hobbes does not deter him. When h...
  • Emilie Morscheck
    Thank you for my giveaway copy!Reading this book was an adventure into the kind of world I'd never experienced before. The war in Iraq mainly occurred while I was a child, and therefore my knowledge of the period is limited. However, I don't a lack of knowledge will stop what intended to be a thriller, not a history lesson. Miller does an excellent job at filling in the gaps, explaining the more important parts of the history of the middle east. ...
  • Kasa Cotugno
    Definitely one of the best books of the year, and January's only a week old. Miller wrote one of the best books of recent years, Norwegian by Night, a book that remains years after being read, and this promises to do the same. His first-hand experiences and authorship maturity combine to produce thoughtful books, but Girl in Green is a true rarity -- one that resonates with reports from the nightly news and yet provides insights beyond the camera...
  • Paul Lockman
    After recently enjoying Norwegian by Night recently, I just had to read The Girl in Green. The main characters are Thomas Benton, a British journalist and Arwood Hobbes, a disaffected US army officer. Marta, a Swedish humanitarian aid worker also appears regularly. The first brief section of the book is set in the Gulf War in the early 1990s near the border of Iraq and Kuwait, then the majority of the book is set some 20 years later when circumst...
  • L.P. Logan
    This one broke my heart a little bit. It was terrible and wonderful all at the same time. Read this one and remember how lucky you are.
  • David
    This is a book set in modern Iraq, past and present. Twenty years ago, an American soldier and a British journalist found themselves at the ass-end of nowhere in the Iraqi desert. Both bored and looking for purpose, they strayed into a little desert town moments before it became the latest target of Saddam Hussein's wrath, in the aftermath of Desert Storm. They watched Iraqi forces slaughter civilians, pulled one young girl out of the town, and t...
  • Simon McDonald
    We’re not short of novels examining the troubled landscape of the Middle East and the West’s foreign policy, and if I’m totally honest, I had little interest in reading another. But having heard such good things about Derek B. Miller’s previous novel, Norwegian by Night, and then Jon Page’s thoughts on The Girl in Green – which is the July Book of the Month at Pages & Pages Booksellers – I grabbed a copy and decided I’d give it 10...
  • Andrea
    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I had no idea what I was getting myself into on this journey. A somber, topical thriller--with patches of humor [inject movie references--especially Ferris Bueller..] and contemporary music. Absolutely one of the most intelligent and interesting reads of late. Extremely informative. The book starts in 1991, Checkpoint Zulu, near the Kuwaiti border--two main characters, a young,...
  • Kerrie
    I was fortunate enough to be sent a paper copy of this by the publisher some time back, and then a follower of my blog reminded me that I should read it.Can I say that I wouldn't really classify this as crime fiction, although crimes are certainly committed in their thousands.One reviewer has described it as a "moral thriller", and given recent efforts to free Mosul from ISIS, it is certainly a topical read. In 1991 Operation Desert Storm was dec...
  • Jackie
    It was my lucky day when I was drawn in by the book cover of "Norwegian by Night" and discovered Derek Miller. I digress to say that "Norwegian by Night" has one of my all-time favorite book covers, and it led me to one of my now favorite authors, Derek Miller.I won’t repeat the book synopsis, but I must say that Mr Miller is incredibly knowledgeable and adept at bringing to light the lives of people from another culture. When I read his first ...
  • Andy
    This was a creative mixture of genres. It has the wisdom and light hand of a Paulo Coelho novel but more of a "ripped from the headlines" feel to the subject matter. Hats off to the author for pulling off a story about the Iraq Mess that is entertaining, touching, humorous and yet thoughtful and complex. This is perceptive political and philosophical commentary disguised as basic fiction. The narrator of the audio overall does a remarkable job sw...