In 2005 a Chinook helicopter carrying 16 Special Ops soldiers crashed during a rescue mission in a remote part of Afghanistan, killing everyone on board.
In that instant, machine gunner Caleb Daniels lost his best friend, Kip Jacoby, and seven members of his unit. Back in the U.S., Caleb begins to see them everywhere - dead Kip, with his Alice in Wonderland tattoos, and the rest of them, their burned bodies watching him. But there is something else haunting Caleb, too - a presence he calls the Black Thing, or the Destroyer, a paralyzing horror that Caleb comes to believe is a demon.
Alone with these apparitions, Caleb considers killing himself. There is an epidemic of suicide among veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, men and women with post-traumatic stress disorder who cannot cope with ordinary life in the aftermath of explosions and carnage. Jennifer Percy finds herself drawn to their stories, wanting to comprehend their experiences and pain.
Her subject, Caleb, has been bringing damaged veterans to a Christian exorcism camp in Georgia that promises them deliverance from the war. As Percy spends time with these soldiers and exorcists and their followers - finding their beliefs both repellant and magnetic - she enters a world of fanaticism that is alternately terrifying and welcoming.
With a jagged lyricism reminiscent of Michael Herr and Denis Johnson, Demon Camp is the riveting true story of a veteran with PTSD and an exploration of the battles soldiers face after the war is over. Percy's riveting account forces us to gaze upon the true human consequences of the War on Terror.
What would have made Demon Camp better?
I don't think it could have been saved. This one needs to be scrapped.
What was most disappointing about Jennifer Percy’s story?
Everything. It was boring and odd.
How could the performance have been better?
I'm not someone to decide something like this myself but it definitely needs changing if we are to keep it.
What character would you cut from Demon Camp?
All of them lol
Any additional comments?
This book was terrible.
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the book was very interesting. there were just moments where i couldn't figure out where she was. i feel scenarios changed quickly and sometimes i missed it but it could be because i listen while driving so the book isn't always getting 100% of my attention.
real good book. Demon camp is beautiful and devastating and totally crazy. I loved it
Riveting and devastating story affected me like few other stories! You'll never look at the Iraq-Afghanistan wars the same way.
Easy reading, good narration, interesting story concept. I will give this more thought after reading this book where I Welton have before.
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