This gives you a good idea what life was like in the worst of the Afghanistan war and the various personal and logistical challenges there. It's also about the heros no one really ever hears about. It gave me a much greater appreciation for the complexities of this war, and the men who were thrown into the middle of it. If that's what you are looking for, this is the book for you.
Now for the bad; Keep in mind that this is the story of the base itself, so all the characters are in passing. You begin connecting with the main characters, then they are suddenly replaced. Not everyone dies, but by the end of the book I found myself thinking that this book could be summed up with "This solder was a great person, and then he died. He was replaced by this solder who was a really great person, then he got killed....". But I guess that's the cold, hard truth about war. Good people die daily. But if you are looking for something that reads like a novel, this isn't it.
This is a better story than I expected, very well done and ended extremely strong. The readers kept changing, and not really in a readers theater fashion. It takes me a bit to get past the reader, and when a different readers starts talking for the character, it's like the main character in a movie randomly being played by a different actor.
I found this book to be a really good story, but the further along it got the more unbelievable it became for me. After reading this I looked it up to find that there is a lot of controversy surrounding the believability of the story. For some it adds to the story, for me it took away a bit. Either way, a good story, just not the best history story I've found.
It just doesn't get any better than this book. It really forced me to re-evaluate myself and my understanding of humanity in general. I read this almost a year ago and I still think about it fairly regularly.
PS the first few chapters are a bit slow, so don't get too hung up on them, They are laying the groundwork
It wasn't bad, but nat particularly riveting either. Filled out pages by taking a lot of side stories into fairly insignificant backstories
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