Praise for The Summer Soldier:
“Guild, author of The Lost and Found Man, is a welcome addition to the genre with a masterful portrait of a man on the run.” Booklist, July 15, 1978
“Guild, himself in an English professor at Ohio State University, writes with the sure sense of one who has lived the life of Raymond Guinness. The only reason to conclude that he did not at one time possess a license to kill is that such entrepreneurs, when they retire to academia, presumably do not allow their photographs to be displayed on the dust covers of the books they write.
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Much of The Summer Soldier is laid out in flashbacks, and many of the flashbacks themselves contain further ones and even flash-forwards to some intermediate point short of the present. This is treacherous terrain for even the slightly clumsy writer, but Guild is as sure-footed as a mountain goat, never leaving the reader confused as to where he is, though the reminiscences often run into many pages. Guild’s sense of pace seldom falters, and the reader is aware of where everyone in the drama is at any given moment.” Allan A Ryan, Jr.,Washington Post, June 11, 1978.
“This fellow Guild is a master of suspense, action, characterization, plot. . . and the ability to grab the reader by the Throat.” UGL, Jersey Journal, Dec. 14, 1979
“The particular strength of Guild’s story lies not so much in plot or delivery, although each is well handled, but in the superbly drawn portrait of Guinness.” E.K., Buffalo News, Sept. 16, 1979
“Guild writes extremely well. He does the flashbacks so well you are unaware the action has stopped and the novelist is filling you in on the character’s past.
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Take The Summer Soldier on vacation, but prepare yourself to stay up late at night to finish it. It’ll be worthwhile.” Cincinnati Enquirer, July 16, 1978
Guild’s novel is beautifully constructed and written in cool, carefully understated prose laced with irony and full of astute observations about life and loneliness and man’s state. His characters are many cuts above the stereotypes one usually encounters in such novels. They are flesh and blood and plagued with the inconsistencies of human nature. The women, in particular, are well drawn. Tom E. Huff, Fort Worth Star Telegram, June 30, 1978
“The Summer Soldier by Nicholas Guild is quite superior, straight-forward, honest, yet with an undertone of subtle artfulness.” Library Journal, June 1, 1979
“The Summer Soldier is a combined triumph of style and substance.” Bernice Williams Foley, Northern Hills Press, July 26, 1978
“Guild’s writing is superior to most and he has the ability to form a razer-sharp plot and a character that the reader can identify with and understand. The ending of the book is suspense at its best.” Sacramento Bee, July 2, 1978
Guild’s pacing between Ray’s recollected past and nightmare present is razor-perfectly timed, readers with the proper bloodthirsty leanings will savor each choreographed execution, and only those with a prejudice against hired killers will fail to be thoroughly absorbed in Ray’s tensely shifting, darkly shaded moods. Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 1978