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An elite platoon of Special Forces soldiers infiltrates a forbidding Afghan war zone on horseback in search of vast treasure in this lyrical, thrilling blend of military fiction and Western.

When Corporal Elijah Russell’s superb horsemanship is revealed during a firefight in northern Iraq, the young Army Ranger is assigned to an elite Special Forces unit preparing to stage a secret mission in eastern Afghanistan. Elijah’s task is to train the Green Berets—fiercely loyal to their enigmatic commander, Captain Wynne—to ride the horses they will use to execute this mission through treacherous mountain terrain. But as the team presses farther into enemy territory, the nature of their operation only becomes more mysterious, and Wynne’s charismatic power takes on a darker cast. Ultimately, Elijah finds himself forced to make a choice: on one side, his best friend and his most deeply held beliefs; on the other, a commanding officer driven by a messianic zeal for his mission.

Based on the author’s extensive interviews with Green Berets, Army Rangers, and other veterans, this taut page-turner brilliantly fuses the war novel and the Western into a compellingly original tale.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This novel feels like Cormac McCarthy meets Tim O’Brien. I could not stop reading it.”

    Philipp Meyer, New York Times bestselling author

  • Wynne's War is a deep and beautifully written story of men, war, and madness, told by a young American master. A page-turner of poetic and savage grace, of our time but transcending it, this novel takes its rightful place among the great American literature of war.”

    Nic Pizzolatto, Edgar Award finalist

  • “Gwyn’s story is a gripping tale of men at war in the desolate snow-capped mountains of eastern Afghanistan and captures the essence of close combat—the terror, excitement, chaos, tension, and cruelty, as well as the harsh decisions men make under stress…Its gritty realism is part of the strength.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “The book pulsates with a verisimilitude that places readers in the war-torn mountains of Afghanistan…Many folks have wondered when American authors would begin producing memorable fiction about the Iraq-Afghanistan wars; with this well-researched, heart-pounding novel, Gwyn stakes his claim.”

    Library Journal

  • “Gwyn’s combat scenes are realistic, meticulous, and passionate.”


  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, May 2014
  • Selected for the 2014 Barnes & Noble Discover Award
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About the Author

Aaron Gwyn was raised on a cattle ranch in rural Oklahoma. He is the author of a story collection, Dog on the Cross, a finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, and the novel The World Beneath. His short stories and creative nonfiction have appeared in Esquire, McSweeney’s, Glimmer Train, Missouri Review, Gettysburg Review, and New Stories from the South. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he is an associate professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and contributes book reviews, articles, and narrative nonfiction to Esquire.