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Thank goodness it was free!!
I downloaded this because it promised soldier's account on war & struggle that follows, I honestly did not expect the book to be soaked into so much chrisitanity. I am happy most families described in this book found a way to cope with life post-war by some mean, in this case faith. If you don't hold strong views against religion this could be a decent read for you. To me it seems more like a religious propaganda.
He does well in the Army and is a good leader of men. His talents are recognised and he is encouraged to join an elite unit. In the Afghanistan mountains his helicopter is shot-down and he and his men, and the helicopter crew, fight a desperate battle for survival as casualties mount.
Afterwards, after four years training and just six years in post he resigns the army. I couldn't help but think what a waste: the army had invested all that time in training this soldier and with his leadership skills, experience of peace-keeping and ferocious battle he was at a point where he could deliver value back to the military and be an effective future commander. Unfortunately he wasn't able to get a good civilian job and went to pieces with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Why did he leave? God told him it was the right thing to do. To be fair, god had also told him ten years previously that it was the right thing to join the army. And in fact god plays a big part in this book. I dived into the book and was rather surprised how much religion is in it. One chapter is about when a soldier in his command alleges he said `Jesus Christ' during the desperate fire-fight and he agonises at length about whether he had taken the name in vain. I couldn't press the Kindle page turner fast enough to get through this guff.
So perhaps I wasn't too surprised after I finished the book to see at the very front that the book is published by a Christian organisation.
I found the religious aspect irritating and mawkish and I skipped as much of it as I could. I noted that god received the credit for all the good things that occurred and wasn't blamed for the bad things, and the protagonist was certain that he was doing god's work when he shot at Afghans in their own country. But I suspect those Afghans shooting back were just as certain they were doing god's work.
Hard to score this fairly - as a work of inspiring Christian propaganda it wasn't for me, but it'd be unfair to mark it down for that because it's made clear at the beginning (which I missed), so I'm giving it 5 stars. The military elements were very interesting and well written and it's a shame more space wasn't given to them.
The author appears ethical and vulnerable. He tries to conduct his life with honour, though in his eyes not always succeeding. I liked his honesty and the description of trying to reconcile being in active service with serving God.
Having started a fair few free Kindle books and giving up through trite plots, bad writing or waffle, I found this one an easy and engagin read. Recommended.
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