It’s the rule - always watch your fives and twenty-fives. When a convoy halts to investigate a possible roadside bomb, stay in the vehicle and scan five meters in every direction. A bomb inside five meters cuts through the armor, killing everyone in the truck. Once clear, get out and sweep 25 meters. A bomb inside 25 meters kills the dismounted scouts investigating the road ahead.
Fives and Twenty-Fives marks the measure of a marine’s life in the road-repair platoon. Dispatched to fill potholes on the highways of Iraq, the platoon works to assure safe passage for citizens and military personnel. Their mission lacks the glory of the infantry, but in a war where every pothole contains a hidden bomb, road repair brings its own danger.
Lieutenant Donavan leads the platoon, painfully aware of his shortcomings and isolated by his rank. Doc Pleasant, the medic, joined for opportunity, but finds his pride undone as he watches friends die. And there’s Kateb, known to the Americans as Dodge, an Iraqi interpreter whose love of American culture - from hip-hop to the dog-eared copy of Huck Finn he carries - is matched only by his disdain for what Americans are doing to his country. Returning home, they exchange one set of decisions and repercussions for another, struggling to find a place in a world that no longer knows them.
A debut both transcendent and rooted in the flesh, Fives and Twenty-Fives is a deeply necessary novel.
©2014 Michael Pitre (P)2014 Audible Inc.
"Powerfully understated debut . . . Everything rings so unshakably true. A war novel with a voice all its own, this will stand as one of the definitive rendering of the Iraq experience." (Kirkus, starred review)
"A thrilling, defining novel of the Iraq War." (Booklist)
“An unblinking, razor-edged portrait of the war...a deeply moving book.” (New York Times)
"Expertly performed by multiple narrators, this audiobook focuses on a Marine engineer platoon in Iraq…. Events are presented from various points of view, focusing on platoon leader Lieutenant Donovan, medic Doc Pleasant, and their Iraqi interpreter, who goes by the nickname 'Dodge.' Interspersed between the characters' narratives are 'official' documents that provide a framework for the story; these are splendidly read in a resonant, authoritative voice. All the characters are portrayed with adroitness, especially 'Dodge' - in a spot-on performance by Fajer Al-Kaisi. This is a production not be missed." (AudioFile)
Hi I am a geologist that now lives in South Australia I work in remote locations and find audiobooks essential for my sanity.
Very good series of intertwining story lines, bringing home the reality of the video game that war has become for us non-combatants. I found the characterizations excellent of the three main individuals both in Iraq and outside. Also the different effects upon these people were well presented showing how once having been at war it is impossible to remain the same. The narrations were very believable and in tune with the characters, very powerful book and audio presentation.
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Although this book would not be my first choice for a download, I am really glad I did. It was extremely hard to stop listening (finished in less than two days). The situations and their descriptions were eerily realistic and the multiple narrations only added to the experience. I can't recommend this book enough.
Writing far better than I expected.
The story itself didn't grab me but that's more me than anything.
The craft of the author is admirable and worth supporting.
Performance is of Audible's normal high standards,
I have not read the print version, but I like the different voices of the characters.
The lieutenant, because I can identify with that rank and because he seemed like such a regular guy who earned the respect of his subordinates. I admired his humiliity
That there was not a single narrator; there were several, perhaps one for each character, and I liked that.
When his professor made unwarranted assumptions about the Pete's leadership experience.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist trained in the impact of deployment and combat stress on families and children, as well as what veterans bring home and what those impacts are. Fives and Twenty-Fives is consistent with that and it has the ring of truth and complete authenticity. Fives and Twenty-Fives is to the Iraq war as Matterhorn is to the Vietnam war.
The author's war experiences qualify him as a subject matter expert, his ability to write with genuine passion qualifies him as a towering talent.
This was a very good book. Accurate, per my Army vet husband. And so very sad. Excellent read!
Okay, the story itself was pretty good. I finished it and loved it. Jay nyder did a fantastic job along with Fajer Al-Kaisi and Nick Sullivan. These three made it really enjoyable but Kevin; he completely ruins it. You can tell he's reading from a book and he speaks haltingly. It was like the scene in Billy Madison with the little kid in class "T-T-TODAY JUNIOR!" just minus the "th-the-there wa-was" part. Seriously cannot stand that stuff. I can't believe Audible lets this guy continue to be a narrator and get paid for it.
The books crosses many story lines of war and recovery. You will be moved to place you did not expect.
moments when Fives and Twenty Fives does not work and loss of the sergeant.
Wonderful voices for each person in the book
Rebuilding from Battle
The story is told thru different characters during and after their enlistment which made it difficult to follow the story line. I needed a list of the characters and what they were to the story. I guess the only word to describe the book is Disjointed. With that said I will listen to it again to see if my first impression was wrong.
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