Started – 10/6/12
Finished – 23/6/12
Format – kindle e-book
Synopsis – In 2001 I was twenty seven years old, and about to go to war in far off Afghanistan. Ten years later, I finally have told the story. Here is a true tale of Heroes and Villians, of Young Men fighting and dying for a pure cause-the defense of their country. I have been part of something truly great in my life, and now, I hope I can pass that experience on to you.
My Thoughts – I downloaded this book as it was free for a day in the kindle store. I’m quite a fan of true life books and war books so i thought this would be the kind of book that i would enjoy.
In it the author tells his story of being involved in the war in Afghanistan and all the horrors that go with it. I did enjoy the basic story of what went on during his time in a warzone, and his emotions on missing his wife and child and wondering if he would ever see them again.
However, the formatting of the book made it quite difficult to read. I dont think this is the authors fault, but for me it made the reading of the book quite stuttery and it kept making my attention drift away. Also, there were a lot of spelling mistakes. I know that this is part and parcel of kindle books, but for me this is also something that puts me off.
There was a scene with a young boy in, which i wont go into detail on but i am hoping that this was exergerated and didnt actually happen. It was horrific and horrible and i nearly stopped reading the book because of it. This is the most horrible thing i have ever come across in a book ever.
There was also some racist comments in this book. i hate, hate, hate racism and for me that was another reason why i didnt like this book. I am aware that these comments happen in real life, however i dont think its right and it really shouldnt happen.
In one scene he speaks to his daughter on the phone and i felt that this was a very good scene. It kind of brought back how much he was missing and the horrors that he was exposed to, and all he wanted to do was to get back home to his wife and daughter.
I also felt that the story didnt flow and there was too much conversation and not enough description as to what was actually going on. It made the story quite hard to follow at times.
This book is a real life account of a marines life during the war in Afganistan. It had so much potential to be a good story, however at times i just felt that poor formatting and spelling let it down. Along with some horrible scenes too i just felt that it wasnt the book for me.
Rating – 2/5