Legionnaire James "Jacques" Carroll of Fourth Company, stationed at Kasbah-Tadla, has a problem. Well, two of them. Two recent American recruits, Dacorda and Zerlich, seemingly
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To make matters worse, during a barroom brawl Dacorda's rosary (referred to in the text as a scapular, though the description given is clearly of a rosary) is stolen, and Zerlich persuades Dacorda that Carroll is to blame. Carroll, doing a little investigating, manages to retrieve the rosary and finds the identity of the thief -- Zerlich himself? What's going on here?
Somehow, the viewpoint character is the blandest of the bunch here. Everyone else, it seems, has personality and quirks and things to make them interesting, while Carroll is just a joe schmoe everyman and it doesn't work for me. Even characters who only get a couple paragraphs of "screen-time" feel more fleshed out and real then Carroll does.
The relationship between Dacorda and Zerlich is nuanced and fascinating, especially once Zerlich's secrets are revealed. In some ways Dacorda comes across as the better man - as quick as he is to anger, he's quicker to forgive and holds no ill will against Zerlich for acting against him. In a moment of seemingly-uncharacteristic wisdom, Dacorda explains that after what they've gone through during their short time in the Legion...it changes people, and changes their perspective and what they hold as valuable.