This book is full of interesting first-hand accounts and anecdotes from the war zone. It offers an outstanding picture of how our wars impact the average civilian as well as what motivates many of our enemies.
Such insights are squandered by not being placed into any semblance of structure. I can only listen to so many paragraphs starting with “one time…” – No date line, no context. This is how my five-year-old starts a story.
The biggest disappoint is that these poignant tales fall far short of their full potential in the absence of any larger historic, strategic, or political context. A literary device – perhaps, but ineffective and a shame for a work that could have been much more. Not a one credit book, let alone two. Wait for a sale or peruse some chapters after checking it out of the library.
Grisham seems to always churn out a readable yarn. This one dragged on a bit, but overall held my interest. By the end I'd had my fill of AA and missionary pedagogy. I thought it might be building to an ironic twist, but nope - just saccharine.
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