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THE ADVENT OF FREDERICK GILES by JOSIAH BUNTING III 246 pages. Little, Brown. $6.95.

In his first novel The Lionheads, Josiah Bunting drew heavily on his experience as a U.S. Army officer in Viet Nam to describe how ignorance and careerism were undermining the military. In The Advent of Frederick Giles, set in a tranquil English town thousands of miles from the nearest rice paddy, Bunting proves himself a resourceful sapper in the perennial and usually undeclared war between social classes.

Bunting employs the principal tactic of class war, the ambush. His unsuspecting victim...

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