This book brought me right back to my own time in Afghanistan during around the same time period. I was located in the same part of the country these guys were in and I can vouche for just how accurate the portrayal of the land, the Afghan people, the Taliban, and the hard-ships soldiers endured during my tour there (which was very different compared to my tour in Iraq as the author indicated).
My favorite was Lt. Keating. He actions and subsequent death proved just how stubborn some higher ups can be when it comes to listening to common sense v/s carrying out orders. I hope all can learn a lesson from this, though I'm not as optimistic about the army and government learning as I once was...
His reading really brought out the emotion that was going on during the battles depicted in this book. I felt like I was right there in the action with them.
The ultimate sacrafice that so many of these men paid moves me, but what moved me more and saddened me to the core is my belief that most people in America do not relate or seem to care to acknowledge their sacrafice and others in the military, including my own. (Especially corporate America)
I think that every adult should give this book a full listen, whether or not they believe in the wars being faught, just so they can get a glimpse of what it is like to be a true Combat Veteran. Then, and only then, should they form their opinions about the military men and women that serve them.
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