Customer Review

5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful read, 11 Mar 2014
This review is from: Volunteer (Kindle Edition)
Write Path NI Limited were looking for people to review 'Volunteer'. They are holding a fundraising night on the 15th March 2014 during which they will also be celebrating the publication of this novel.

Born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Gary McElkerney has done voluntary first aid work in Nicaragua, Hungary and Ethiopia. The experiences Gary had gave him the idea for this book.

It is summer and Chris Johnston, a 22 year old university student from Belfast, has signed up to lead a team of young volunteers travelling to Ethiopia where they are to help build houses for charity. Whilst there, Chris has an argument with the leaders. He doesn’t feel appreciated and when a seemingly better opportunity comes up he abandons the team and travels north to work for Medical Aid Africa in a clinic. He then agrees to join their make-shift ambulance crew in a bid to find the excitement and adventure he’s been searching for on the frontline. However, he finds that life is very different off the beaten track.

Consumed by fear, Chris is terrified especially when he experiences the true horrors of war. His dreams of heroism and adventure turn into a nightmare and he feels as if he has failed. Chris returns home with the mental scars of war which will take some time to heal.

When I first started reading this novel I didn’t know if I would really enjoy it, but I was soon hooked. Although 'Volunteer' has been written as fiction, it is actually based on what Gary went through and you would be forgiven for mistaking this as a non-fiction book. The writing throughout was so good and the descriptions were excellent.

'Volunteer' tells it how it really is. Though there is some humour, this is a heartbreaking story which will shock you. It paints a good picture of what life is really like in Ethiopia and the terror innocent people have to go through. Even children get caught in the crossfire, something which really shouldn’t be happening in this day and age. A powerful read, 'Volunteer' is a stark reminder of how fortunate we really are.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details

Item

4.5 out of 5 stars (6 customer reviews)
5 star:
 (4)
4 star:
 (1)
3 star:
 (1)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
£2.99
Add to wishlist
Reviewer


Location: London, United Kingdom

Top Reviewer Ranking: 9,763