Books: Friday Is Too Late

THE SOUNDS OF RESCUE, THE SIGNS OF HOPE by Robert Flynn. 270 pages. Knopf. $5.95.

Robert Flynn is one of those theologian-novelists who back their characters up against a dead-end wall and demand their credo or their life. In his latest little parable, Flynn proves he could turn even the Garden of Eden into one of his cul-de-sacs.

Lieut. Gregory Wallace, a World War II fighter pilot, is shot down in the Pacific and finds himself on a perfect gem of a desert island. Four kinds of fruit. Coconut milk. Plenty of wild potatoes. Quite...

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