RARA-AVIS: GM 835 The Captain Must Die

From: Al Guthrie ( allanguthrie@ukonline.co.uk)
Date: 04 Aug 2002

This is an above average revenge tale by Robert Colby. Three army deserters are released from prison after serving a twelve year stint. Having long memories and not a lot else to occupy their minds, they decide to exact revenge on Driscoll, their former captain, whose biased decision sent them to prison (one of the deserters was sleeping with Driscoll's wife).

The plot's fairly predictible, but that's part of it's charm. The revenge tactics escalate nicely as the relationship between the ex-cons grows increasingly tense. Conversely, the captain's feelings for his wife start to return as he realises both their live's are in danger.

Best scene: one of the ex-cons is trapped in a locked, airtight room with stacks of money and no way out.

Best quote: "You look old, Driscoll. Old and soft. Well, you're gonna get softer, Driscoll. But never any older."


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