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This review is from: Point Man (Hardcover)
This is a fabulous book. I was reluctant to read it - I didn't want to
read about the war in Afghanistan. But that is not what it's about. It
is about the effects of war on the young men who do the fighting, even
when they emerge physically unscathed, and how they fare when they
return to civilian life. And it's completely engrossing from start to
This is a work of non-fiction, but contains more drama than the average novel.
Kenny has wanted to be a soldier, particularly an infantryman, since
childhood. He becomes the Point Man of the book's title and excels at
this most dangerous of jobs, bearing responsibility for the safety of
the men in his unit.
His father, John, had also been a soldier and served for 14 years, but
was burdened by hellish memories. Both men were proud to do what they
saw as serving their country.
However, they returned to a civilian world that was largely
uninterested in their service and their experiences.
John's struggle with the ghastly symptoms of post traumatic stress
disorder (PSTD) causes him to lose everything - home, job and family.
And it begins to look as if Kenny is heading the same way.
Mark Townsend has written the men's story with skill and sympathy,
exposing the harsh truth about a society which offers little
compassion and even less help to those in need.