This story really makes you see the devotion and dedication that the speckle have towards their missions and towards each othe, and how when one needs help there are no lines separating Navy, Army, Marines, or Air Force. Only Americans!
I loved how real it was. There was no sugar coating anything - good or bad.
This is a book that everyone should read. It tells what war is really like, from the perspective of a soldier, husband, father, and son. It tells of the things we don't see on the news - how real our soldiers are. They're not all metal and stone, they have feelings and compassion for not only their fellow soldier, but for those they fight for as well.
He did a great job with the different accents!
This book has an excellent tone about it. It talks about politics, personal battles, bravery, idiocy, boredom, craziness, commanders strong and weak, yet without making any of them feel like they dominate the story.
It's a finely balanced story of a Marine Lt. as he attempts to guide a Marine rifle platoon in Iraq while figuring out how to deal with commanders who don't seem to always make sense in a place that makes even less sense.
I generally prefer WWII or Korean war stories, but this is a very good one about Iraq.
If you are not crying by the end of this book, you are not human. If you do not have a deeper respect for the people that volunteer for the Armed Services, you have no soul. This book was well-written and well-read. A good description of the day-to-day activities of marines serving in Iraq. The lieutenant who wrote this book did what all good officers do, he gave full credit to his men for what went well, and took full credit for what went wrong.
Being active duty during this turbulent time in Iraq, I remember the headlines and Fallujah and Ramadi were areas that NO ONE wanted to go. This book was so realistic I may now suffer from PTSD. Good job enjoyed the book.
I wouldn't recommend the book. The protagonist struggles with leadership or what he thinks is leadership. His worries seem to be politically correct concerns that have no place in a battle. I enjoyed the description of the battle and I now better understand the logistics and strategy.
It just needed to end
The narration on this book is not good. The book is very much, look at how cool I am at the expense of others. The author bad mouths other platoon leaders in an effort to make himself more important.