Unfortunately I read this after reading Fearless. A mistake. In comparison the stories were flat and without feeling.
My other observation is the quality of the fighting man. After reading books from the early days of Iraq to the end of Afghanistan it's amazing the improved quality of the American fighting man.
Unfortunately this book had stories from these theatres and others and it was very frustrating to hear all the incompetencies and still have compassion for the solders.
Great story and I can't wait for book 3, come on Ken.
Excellent character development and the storyline is well continued from the first book to the second. I will confess that keeping all the different characters and storyline straight was a challenge and I believe a second reading will be required.
A standard book about today's combat. A lot of words to finally make it to the end of the book with the final battle scene. Nothing wrong with it just that I've read too many books back to back. Having said that, this is one of the better stories.
The details leading to the battle was excellent, the battle scene details were ok if not a little to John Wayne like but still a good story.
And Please do not consider my review a comment on the fighting man. What they do for us is unbelievable and I hold them in the highest regard, my review is only about the book, not the man.
Simply the best real story I have ever read. Not sure how Adam Brown did what he did but he did it very well.
The book is odd in that it doesn't give endless detailed battle stories like the other combat books. This book only has one chapter about combat and that's all that was needed.
The rest is about what type of man is willing to devote his life to being the best that he can be. That sounds like a cliché but in this case it's very true and more to the point but is very humbling.
People like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and the like get the headlines but even with what they have accomplished it pales in comparison to Adam Brown.
I could go on but please read this book, get through to the last 4 chapters, read them in private, have a good cry and when your finished, thank the individuals in your armed forces. It doesn't matter if your from Canada, Britain or any other nation, thank them because we all have Adam Browns in our countries armed forces and they do more then we can ever imagine and thank God they do it for us.
Thank you Adam for your service and thank you for letting your family story to be told.
Well writing and a good linear story. Some interesting physic's but it lacked personal development and I didn't connect with the main character.
For the first time I didn't finish a book. I can and have soldiered through bad books but I just couldn't with this one. I didn't like the characters or the story line.
More about morals then about cowboys and aliens. The hero goes from acting like a hero to being a helpless idiot whenever the author needed to build suspense during the action sequences. Needed to fast forward through the endless internal moral conflict the main characters repeatedly had throughout the book. Think of Freud's works being sold to a Hollywood producer, "if we added a gun fight between the dreams then it should sell"
An endless monotone listing dates, overthrows and death. Not an easy subject to quantify into a "story" but John Lee english accent just seems to go on and on to the point that I can't tell the difference between the events in Min dynasty to those in Roman ages.
Was what it was. Very little about the battles and more about the conditions that he lived through.
Excellent. The story behind the headlines. The story of the men and what happens in war
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