It is so sad to read of such brave young men sent off to fight a senseless war in a senseless place and for so many to lose their life and for what, why? These solders are true hero's who were put in the line of fire on an outpost that served no purpose without the support from the generals who sent them there. The writing is excellent as well is the narration. A must read and more importantly a reminder to honor those who are sent to serve under fire.
No doubt, Stephen King is a great writer and for most listeners this book received glowing reviews but for me it was not only far to long but several times lost it way stumbling to the end. It started off great but soon became distracted into a love story. OK, a love story would be fine but not for hours and hours. For me, King could have stuck to the premise of stopping Oswald and left the rest for a romance novel.
I had read a lot of positive reviews about this book and that was the reason for my purchase. Unfortunately I was disappointed and left to wonder what those other reviewers heard in the book that I missed. I enjoy military related novels and I served in the military so there is a natural attraction to a well written story about war. But this book just did not hold my interest. Some times with a good book you just can't put it down and other times with a so so book you can't wait for the phone to ring, that is this book. At times I thought of just giving up and stop reading but I hung in there to the end, well almost the end.
I was in the Army at this time and the book brought back many memories of those times. Great reading for not just us who served but anyone interested in the history of the Viet Nam war.
I have now finished five of Flynn's books in the Rapp series and this is one of the best. Every time I put the book aside I could not wait to pick up where I left off. A good read.
I really, really enjoyed this book. It tells the story of some of our most famous western outlaws and like those outlaws, few words were water. A really fun and informative book. Highly recommended. The narrator was great and you won't be disappointed.
I was not familiar with Robert Crais but I enjoy action thrillers and this is a very good one. I certainly was not disappointed and the book managed to hold my attention. I can recommend it.
I really enjoy Vince Flynn and his Mitch Rapp series and despite my disappointment in this story line I will keep reading all his books I can get my hands on. What disappointed me with Memorial Day was that the plot was weak and the usual tension was missing. It did not keep me on the edge of my seat waiting to turn the page. I am not saying don't read this book but perhaps explore some of his other books first.
This is a first hand account of the horrors and sometimes incredible stupidity of war. Don't look for the reasons why we go to war but experience through the authors and narrator what it means to be in combat, sometimes hand to hand combat. My services in the Army taught me that you can become numb to almost anything and this book reminded me of those times. It also reminded me of the so often stupidity of superior officers who dress like field combat soldiers but sit comfortably behind desks in safe offices and never, ever even come close to combat. And of those politicians in Washington who send young troops to war, young men and women to fight battles for reasons unknown while the politicians pompously wait for their drivers to take them to the nearest pub for a free meal and drinks. Cynical am I, you bet but that comes from experience. This is a really worthy book. Not always easy to read and sometimes a little gritty. The language is that of a soldier, not a Harvard educated author but that is reality. You may be angry at the end but you should be proud of those who serve and you will be better off with a clearer understanding of war for having read this book. .
Over the years I have liked and to some degree not liked Bill Bryson's books. I am one of the few who thought his ' A Walk In The Woods ' book to be rather boring. I started reading 'At Home' and never finished it, too long and too much detail. But with this book he has hit a home run. I found the details behind the legends to be fascinating and he presented each story with just enough detail, no boring facts to fill a few more pages. I learned a lot about individuals and important moments in history that previously I thought I knew all that could be known. Mr. Bryson delivers in a fun and easy to listen to way. So I can recommend this enjoyable book to anyone with even the smallest amount of curiosity. A really, really good book. Congratulations Mr. Bryson.
I enjoyed every minute of this book, you will too. Sedaris is a genius in finding the extraordinary in the ordinary.
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