It made me think, deeply, about the true reason of the bond between soldiers. True understanding on what creates it.
This book must be the most emotionally inspiring book Ive ever read. I have never served, but I felt as if I was in SSGT Bellavia's boots as he was fighting hand to hand. The story is amazing, this man is amazing, there is no reason you should not buy this book. It is plain factual first hand observations of the terrifying fighting in Fallujah.
Ok, firstly I want to address the folks who have complained about the foul language: this is how our service members talk to one-another. I have worked with soldiers and marines alike, and can promise you that this language does not result from a lack of vocabulary nor does it stem from a simple mind. This is just how these guys talk to each other, and I believe that the author was trying to allow the reader/listener to feel like they are standing next to these guys, as real as possible. And as for the gore, this is a war story, what would you expect?! Now ranting aside, this was an amazing story and I found myself listening for hours at a time, not wanting to leave the car. An emotional story that brought tears to my eyes a few times. I appreciate the way this man opened himself within the story and told it just how he saw it, with no sugar on top. Well worth the credit, GET IT!
Once I got started, I couldn't stop; but if I had known how profane the language was going to be, I would have never started. Gripping story. The language was probably real, not just put in for the story, but still very, very rough.
When you read this you will not want to put it down. Not for the faint of heart. It's a mans mans book for sure.
Truly, one of the best listens in a long time. If you don't shed a few tears along the way you have no feelings left inside. An open and honest look at the war from someone who lived and survived it. I recommend this book to anyone who supports our troops in any conflict.
The author's down-to-earth while engaging and detailed style made this one of my favorite recent listens. Sure made two long drives fly right past. Gave me a much different perspective on things 'over there' than all other media sources have. Just a warning - quite a bit of front-line infantry style profanity than a more traditional documentary format so might be better to avoid if that is going to offend you. I found myself laughing out loud frequently though.