Green Sun

Green Sun

Hanson thought he had witnessed the worst of humanity after a tour of duty in Vietnam and a stint as a cop in Oregon. Then he moves to Oakland, California to join the under-funded, understaffed police department. Hanson chooses to live - alone - in the precinct that he patrols; he, unlike the rest of the white officers, takes seriously his duty to serve and protect the bla Hanson thought he had witnessed the worst of humanity after a tour of duty in Vietnam and a stint as a cop in Oregon. The...

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Title:Green Sun
Author:Kent Anderson
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:B06XR35TZ7
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:353 pages pages

Green Sun Reviews

  • Aaron
    May 06, 2018
    For all the talk of Kent Anderson as the author of the "best police novel of all time" (Night Dogs) and "the most authentic Vietnam novel written by someone who was there" (Sympathy for the Devil), both of which are admittedly phenomenal?when you read his entire catalog in sequence, ...
  • Pamela
    Mar 04, 2018
    I thought this was going to be a police procedural, but it ended up being a meditative, episodic, philosophical, ruminative take on ethical policing that kind of reminded me of The Things They Carry by Tim O'Brien. This is a beautifully surprising novel. ...
  • Jrobertus
    Mar 06, 2018
    The author was a Special Forces soldier in Vietnam, a police officer in Portland and Oakland, and also an English professor, screen writer and novelist. Clearly he would be an interesting dinner guest. The protagonist of this stunning novel, Hanson, is a Special Forces soldier in Vietn...
  • Jim
    Mar 19, 2018
    Outstanding. One of the best police novels I have read, even better that Anderson's last one, and I immediately suggested to my brother. I really like Hanson, the way he handles things. Tough, but humane. Able to take heat for not being the automatic bad-ass cop, willing to do the righ...
  • Art
    Mar 25, 2018
    It's been nearly 20 years since we last saw Hanson in the cult classic "Night Dogs." But Kent Anderson has finally given us the gift of a third book in the Hanson series. It's worth the wait. Anderson was a Vietnam soldier, a Portland, Or, policeman and a policeman in Oakland. S...
  • Tony
    Apr 20, 2018
    GREEN SUN. (2018). Kent Anderson. ***1/2. When I saw the author?s name, I was carried back about twenty years or so to when I last read a novel by him. I?m not sure what happened to him in the interval, though the jacket does say that he taught at a school in Boise. That takes a l...
  • Karl
    Mar 11, 2018
    In this, the third book by Kent Anderson about Hanson, who thinks of himself as a social worker with a gun, we get multiple views into his character. Like a multi-faceted fun house mirror we get glimpses from all sides of his personality. The novel ?Green Sun? is set in 1983, Ha...
  • Chris
    Apr 12, 2018
    The third in the series of Hanson finds him back in law enforcement, this time in Oakland. He has fled from academia in Idaho to seek refuge in the only thing he has ever been good at- being the man and killing. He is a troubled soul but a fearless survivor. This book continues the hau...
  • Thomas Pluck
    Mar 24, 2018
    Best depiction of PTSD I?ve read. in the latest entry in the Hanson series- a trilogy that's taken 30 years to write--the Vietnam Vet is a cop in Oakland in the ?80s as the crack epidemic is about to take off. Hanson is a good cop, a social worker with a psycho Shirley Temple smile...
  • Craig Sisterson
    Mar 15, 2018
    Kent Anderson?s first novel in more than twenty years sparkles darkly, like California iron sands shimmering under the baking heat of a midsummer sun; gorgeous yet dangerously hot to the touch. It?s mesmerizing, violent and thought-provoking, full of flashes of brutality yet beauti...
  • Pam Walter
    Apr 11, 2018
    I really thought I was going to love this book. I had a hard time finishing. Hanson, the protagonist is an ex marine and Vietnam Vet who is teaching English Lit. at a university in Boise. Bored teaching, he decides to see more action joining the police academy in Oakland California. Oa...
  • Lou
    Feb 27, 2018
    Officer Hanson walking the beat, hitting the street with no fear of dying, surviving Vietnam back from being from one danger zone to another in Oakland, and with death passing him he is making his way up the ropes to get his certificate, so that he can be a chief, a deputy of some plac...
  • Roger Royer
    Mar 06, 2018
    While a fascinating look into early 1980's social abuse and specifically the Oakland area and the abuse of the area by everyone there and involved in the area you find one man, our protagonist, Hansen, trying to do a job that he is not all together suited for. Alcoholic and with per...
  • John McKenna
    May 14, 2018
    Green Sun Mysterious Book Report No. 334 by John Dwaine McKenna There?s plenty of reality TV programs these days that show viewers what cops are doing during their shifts, and what they?re putting up with from John Q. and Susie B. Public. Now, a new book puts readers into the ...
  • natura
    Oct 20, 2018
    Una inmersión total en la oscura realidad de Ockland, Estados Unidos, a finales del siglo XX. Protagonista con shock post traumatico tras la guerra de Vietnam metido a policía en los suburbios más duros de la ciudad, luchando contra sus fantasmas a base de alcohol y auto machaque f?...
  • Ross Cumming
    Mar 29, 2018
    This is the third novel in the Hanson series by Kent Anderson and it comes some 20 years or so after the second instalment. The year is 1983 and after a short spell as a college teacher, Hanson decides that a life in the academia is not for him and he returns to law enforcement, this t...
  • George Lichman
    Jan 26, 2018
    At thirty-eight years old, Hanson finds himself the oldest cadet in the Oakland, California, Police Academy. He was a police officer in Portland for four years-a good one, he thought-before quitting to try teaching at a college in Idaho. That didn't work out, so he went to Oakland, hi...
  • Dan Downing
    Jun 03, 2018
    Kent Anderson published "Sympathy for the Devil" in about 1987 and "Night Dogs" a decade later. Before the century ended he published a compendium of short works which had interest but little of the power of his novels. After a long silence, as far as I know, this past February " Gree...
  • Eric
    Apr 22, 2018
    Green Sun by Kent Anderson follows Officer Hanson during his time as a patrol officer in Oakland, CA. Hanson is a Vietnam war veteran and is with the goal to stay long enough in Oakland to receive the needed requirements that will allow him to move on to greener pastures. Hanson is...
  • Liz Barnsley
    Mar 31, 2018
    DNF at page 75. This is some beautifully written stuff right here but I keep picking it up and putting it down without any urge to return to it so due to the sheer mountain of books awaiting my attention I've decided to put it aside now. For whatever reason it just wasn't engaging m...
  • Joseph Hirsch
    Jan 12, 2018
    Kent Anderson is known primarily for two books, "Sympathy for the Devil" about his time in-country during the Vietnam War, and "Night Dogs," his book about his alter-ego Hanson's time working as a police officer trying to cope with his PTSD while patrolling the streets. Books about war...
  • Steve
    Mar 03, 2018
    Kent Anderson is flat out a great and profound writer. I have read Sympathy For The Devil, a Viet-Nam saga, and Night Dogs, an amazing police procedural. Green Sun is a home run. Hanson is our hero if he can indeed be called a hero. The book reveals Hanson's Viet-Nam experiences along ...
  • Jean Vaughan
    Feb 17, 2018
    I feel very fortunate to have received through Goodreads and the publishers Mulholland Books,an uncorrected proof copy of this novel to review. Based around the character of Hanson, a white officer in the PDO district, the tale revolves around this unconventional human in a whirlpool ...
  • Stephen Prelewicz
    Jun 10, 2018
    I had not read Kent Anderson -- this one won me over. I love the character Hanson -- he holds himself steady and although in a daily effort to find his true core he does a great job sticking to what is right and good. Mr Anderson (to my knowledge) has only written three Hanson's and th...
  • Adrienne
    Feb 05, 2018
    Excellent. ...
  • Michael Martz
    Apr 12, 2018
    Green Sun is a 'cop book' about a young-ish (38) Viet Nam vet who leaves his job as an English professor to enter the world of the police. His goal is to put in a year as an Oakland cop, obtain the certification that will allow him to be hired anywhere in the state, and then find a nic...
  • Alicia
    Apr 18, 2018
    This book isn't my usual fare, it was a recommended read from a trusted, bookish friend. This is perhaps the most exceptional thriller I've ever read. Though thriller, crime, and fiction do not suffice. The book is magical, whilst being one of the most authentic tales ever put to paper...
  • David C Ward
    Mar 10, 2018
    One of those portentous, overwritten cop novels in which the tragic/haunted/tortured/deep/wounded/misunderstood existential hero tries to navigate a society where he doesn?t fit in, in part because he?s too good for it and too tragic etc. for people to understand. Has hallucinatory...
  • Stephen Gourlay
    Apr 19, 2018
    Haven't come across Hanson before and will definitely go back and read the previous two. The description of the workings of the police dept are frightening but this is much more about the man. Completely out of place but coping as well as he can with huge levels of humanity for someon...
  • pelaio
    Nov 06, 2018
    Me ha gustado,me ha gustado mucho. Que nadie espere el thriller convencional con policías, detectives,asesinos en serie...ni nada parecido. Un veterano del Vietnam que patrulla en solitario en la ciudad de Oakland, bicho raro entre sus propios compañeros por su manera de aplicar la l...