Mr. Marlantes segues quite a bit in this book, and sometimes I had difficulty switching mental gears. I think I might have understood the change in thought if I'd seen a paragraph break or something. Overall, the listening was enjoyable, but I really could not tell the voice belonged to Bronson Pinchot!
A Rumor of War by Phil Caputo. He wrote his book before PTSD became a diagnosis; however, his descriptions of the "blank stare" and the soul-crushing effects of war were right on the mark.
Oh holy cow, yes. PTSD is one of the things that one either associates with crazy vets strung out on drugs and alcohol, unable to keep a job or a home, or a label one hides behind to excuse poor behavior. NOTHING prepared me for Iraq or GTMO. In both deployments I was on a detainee health mission. I wasn't in combat (well, minus rockets fired at us). I didn't experience any of the raw trauma my fellow nurses did in the early years of the war and during the surge. My unit jokingly called what we were traumatized from was the Groundhog Day effect (referencing the Bill Murray movie). However, it was no joke. When I got home, I was lost. I sought help. I answered honestly the millions of questionnaires the Army had us fill out.... over and over and over. Yet, if I wasn't suicidal, which I wasn't, no one cared too much to figure out what was wrong with me. Overloaded behavioral health system, I guess, and I kept getting the, "You're a nurse, you'll seek out help if things get worse, right?" Mr. Marlantes hits the core of the problem of PTSD in that unless one is prepared physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually, the effects of war will suck the life right out of you. It was a year and a half after I redeployed (means to go home for you non-military folk, not go back to theater) that I finally got the help I needed. It didn't take much- therapy, meds, and going to church- but I'm finally at peace with Iraq. As I prepare to head to Afghanistan this spring, I know more, but trust me, I WILL be talking about what I'm feeling and I WILL be attending church. This book is a must read for any person who has been to the Gulf during OEF or OIF. Even if you think you don't have PTSD and you're just crazy, you might feel differently after reading this book.
I was so pleasantly surprised by this book. I thought it was more of a mystery, but it turned out to be a story of love, healing, and forgiveness.
Interesting and informative story that is really two stories in one. I doubt nothing I write hasn't already been captured in the numerous other reviews here, but unlike some of the mediocre or negative reviews, I found this book fun, captivating, creepy, and thoroughly enjoyable.
Thrilling up to the last sentence, and I'm glad I never saw the movie to spoil the ending! Now I'm wondering if the Jackal was British or not!
Only complaint was the constant reading of time as "oh" instead of "zero". That's it for negative comments.
The epilogue, written in 1999, pushes the button on continued failures to adopt "lessons learned" for the GWOT. This is a must read for anyone who wore the uniform and went into theater. No lessons in American Sniper, but this book is crammed full of them.
I feel like a traitor for not liking this book especially being a soldier, but golly this book was boring. Knowing the "true" end to Chris Kyle's story, it seems terrible to say this, but no one can ever say he was an intellectual giant.
I tried. I truly tried, but compared to Karl Marlantes' books, this was just not a good book.
Tell me a story that flawlessly weaves all the things we think or feel about a myriad of social mores, phobias, and taboos. Add in the beautiful voice of the storyteller (who happens to also be the author!), and we have a perfect audiobook.
This story, although filed under "legal thriller", is not what I expected. No "You can't handle the truth!" No shocking twist with a surprise witness. No clever legal maneuvering by a cunning young gun lawyer. Instead, it's a story of what drives us- whether it be the lives we're born into or the ones we choose in order to escape those mistakes of birth- to do the right thing even if the right thing is following bad orders. Image conscious senior partners, vendetta-driven chief petty officers, poor Irish immigrants starving for a new life, sexually confused Midwestern boys, or men with eyes on the presidency... all make choices that lead to terrible consequences.
If you're looking for a clean wrap up in the final moments of a compelling trial, this is not your book. Go read Grisham instead. If you're looking for a story that makes you spellbound and leaves you with the need to examine your soul, read this book.
Then tell your friends because this book needs word of mouth review since big time bestseller list compilers forgot this one.
As a healthcare provider, I'm hanging my head in shame that I've propelled the low fat diet forward. Despite a sensible grasp on anatomy and physiology, I've only recently come around to understanding that insulin is THE anabolic hormone that we've ratcheted up to the point of a death sentence. Add the inflammatory effects on our vessel intima, and we have a perfect combination for CV disease, DM, and obesity.
I bought the hardback version of this book off the clearance shelf in a used bookstore last summer, and try as I may, I fell asleep within minutes of reading. It on my nightstand for months collecting dust, so I gave up and bought the audio version.
For me, hands down, Bag of Bones is Stephen King's best story, and his narration along with the music brought the story to life. There are pregnant pauses in the narration- sometimes between paragraphs, sometimes between chapters- that just potentiate the tension of the story.
I was sorry when the story ended, but delighted in the interview between the producer and Mr. King that followed. If I could give more than 5 stars, I certainly would!!
Oh please. If the Boogeyman is watching us all the time, why in the heck does anyone need to go to the bottom of the ocean and unleash it (them?)? I feel cheated that Luke spent the entire novel fighting the unknown forces only to capitulate at the end. This reminds me of the movie Seven. Had Brad Pitt's character NOT given in, the ending would have been oh so much better.
This was an enjoyable read, but minus any enjoyable characters, all I came away with is how seriously messed up people are.
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