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ARMED ACTION FROM A WOMAN'S VIEW POINT
on 19 September 2008
I bought and read this book,because James Newton married my husband's niece, Donna (see acknowledgements).
I had absolutely no idea of how much I would feel and learn from his book.
I basically know very little about war. I've read the odd book such as Black Hawk Down, but otherwise am fairly clueless (unless you count John Wayne films).
This is an amazing story because you feel right from the beginning that no Ghost Writer was involved. This is a personal story, written with great feeling, truth, horror and humour.
I couldn't put it down either.. It was like having a window into the truth. What it really feels like to be confined in close quarters with so many people and so little room. The boredom and yet the terror of what is to come, for yourself and the men under you. He writes of his compassion for the basic Iraqi soldiers he must kill. Hovering above the battle while trying to take aim and shoot before being shot. The numb stuper of fighting, then going out and fighting again.
He makes you feel as if you were in the helicopter with him. His feelings for the men he fought and lived with. The realization that all the years training and preparing were going to be put to the test.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is searching for some truth, in these days of cover up, or just because you want something really worth reading.
I sincerely hope I am able to meet him one day. It would be a great honour.