Ryan A. Conklin enlisted in the U.S. Army at age 17, following 9/11, and joined Angel Company. As a turret gunner with the famed 101st Airborne "Screaming Eagles" and a member of the famed "Rakkasans" regiment - the most decorated regiment in the U.S. Army - he endured hellish conditions in the war-torn city of Tikrit, Iraq. After he returned to the States, he became a cast member on The Real World: Brooklyn in 2008. That came to an end when he received his notice recalling him to duty.
An Angel from Hell is a gritty, blunt, and laugh-out-loud funny war memoir from the grunt's perspective. Conklin reveals what the Iraq war is really like, day to day - the misery, the boredom, the absurdity, the horror, and even the moments of grace. With stunning candor and wisdom beyond his years, Conklin has documented a complex and unavoidably life-changing experience for his generation.
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Genuine, raw writing from a young non-author
A new kind of war
This author does not try to be hardcore nor is he playing victim. He said he wrote the book as therapy and I dare say it is great to hear from him on patrol one day talking to a kid or joking with his fellow "angels". He also provide insight into the margins between life and death. Love and pain. You get to tap along to tap along and because he should be a coming you need to get ready for a lot of hard laughter. War sadly kill so keep some tissues close.
I have never heard anything like it.
The pilot scene over the radio. Since it is a memoir I pick a scene rather than a person.
I would have kept the title.