Yes, I felt the author did a good job in describing life in Iraq with the US military.
Disappointed, seemed a little to deus ex machina.
Narrator was good, no recommendations.
Yes, no recommendations on stars.
This book was billed as the Iraq war's catch-22. Admittedly, Its been a long time since I read Catch-22 but I do remember it as being way more humorous than this book. Admission, I spent a year in Iraq with my National Guard unit. Maybe due to this experience, some of the things that may seem absurd and therefore very funny to some people didn't seem as funny to me because it was my reality for a year of my life. I did find the author's description of life in the combat zone spot on, and yes we did have the whole Fobbit culture at the base I was at. However, since I was flying all over Iraq in a Blackhawk Helicopter, I was able to see most of the bases, especially the Baghdad bases and found his descriptions very accurate, even though he obviously changed the names of the Bases. Just by his description, I knew the "Triumph" from having been there. I did enjoy the book, but like I say the characters were maybe too real to people I met over there to seem outrageous to me. Overall, if you were not deployed on Operation Iraqi Freedom, I would recommend this book just to get a feel of what it was like for the soldiers, marines, sailors, and airmen who served in Iraq.
My wife had recommended this book and I admit I was initially put off by the title, not being a racing fan, but I think that this was one of the most enjoyable books I have recently read (listened to actually). Being a dog person, I enjoyed seeing the world through our best friends eyes. I especially loved the sidebars of lists and explanations provided by Enzo. I found myself laughing out loud as I listened alone in my car. Also, I agreed with many of Enzo's insights. This book reminded me of another favorite, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, and while not quite the same, equally enjoyable. Even now knowing the story, I will listen to it again.
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