This is one mans view of the US assault on Fallujah, if you want an overview of strategy this is not the book for you. This is about the struggle of Staff sergeant Bellavia and his platoon as they fight house to house in the city of Fallujah. Personally I like the detail and the perspective from the man on the ground, no gloss, no political spin, just the raw details as he sees them. The saying "someone has to do it" in never more appropriate than in this book. War is not clean, surgical or all electronic yet... We still rely on the "Warrior" despite the spin often portrayed in the media. The book does not always read well but this is not meant to be a classic this is one mans perspective and I think he does the job well. You have to admire anyone who is prepared to place themselves in harms way in situations like this, God Bless our troops may we always support them, despite the social/political climate.
The Burning Land is another episode in the life of Uhtred from the Saxon Chronicles, in my personal opinion I much prefer the narration by John Lee than that of Jamie Glover who narrated the 4 books of the Saxon Chronicle. His accents are very good and he manages to convey the right sense of occasion in his delivery. As always Bernard Cornwell's descriptive writing style makes it so easy to imagine the scene as it is described, all in all a compelling read with good pace and a reasonable plot.
If you are interested in snipers and shooting and like detail then I feel this is the book for you. The author covers everything from Sniper School selection to actual missions and everything in between. He touches on just about ever aspect of the profession you can think of, from gillie suits to ballistics, rifle choice to hide set ups. Very informative and well written.
I managed to read Lost before I read Suspect but luckily that did not detract anything from this book, Michael Robothams main characters are so real, no Hollywood veneer used. I think the richness of detail in the flaws and mannerisms of his characters combined with his plots which like a long carpet that keeps unrolling reveal more detail and story intrigue with every passing page/minute and that makes both Suspect and Lost books that are hard to put down. I want to read more...
I found this book disappointing, it read more like a report than a story, the characters were never fully developed and as a reader I never felt fully engaged in the situation. The event itself was amazing and the book gives a real life on the ground perspective to Army protocol and the problems our combat forces endure. Frank is very modest in his description of the abilities of Special Forces operatives, and gives a good insight into their training. I feel that the choice of Patrick Lawlor as narrator was not a good match with the content and style of writing. The use of acronyms becomes annoying as the book goes on, I am not sure if this is the case with the written account but as for the audio book after the first twenty cases I winced every time I heard the term "GMV". I know the Army is notorious for it's use of acronyms but do we as reader/listeners have to endure so much repetition. All in all a fascinating account but poorly written and produced (in my opinion).
Michael Robotham keeps the story going fuelling the plot with new details from the first chapter right through to the last. So often does the conclusion fall short, but not in this case. The case or plot is not far fetched and the characters are well developed. For me the narrator Ray Lonnen made the book all the better he does a superb job you can almost see and feel Vincent Ruiz as he works through his predicament. On the strength of this book I am very keen to read more Michael Robotham.
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