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I am an American, but had serviced in the Canadian Navy back in the 1950's so I was interested in reading about the new Canadian military service. I had heard that Canada had combined all the military service and then proceed to almost destroy the military I was curious to learn how much of that was true. The author, Christie Blatchford was an embedded reporter for the Toronto Globe and Mail with the 1st Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian light Infantry out of Edmonton Alberta. Afghanistan is the first time the Canadian Military was in Combat since the Korean war, and from what I have learned in this book and from other sources Canada has up held the proud history it acquired in WWI and WWII. The story covers 15 days only of the year (2006) deployment and is told from the story of the menand women involved in each of the action. Telling the personal story of each of the soldiers that died and those who won medals of bravery. It also tells the story of the first Canadian women killed in combat. This book provides an excellent insight into what really is happening with the type of warfare taking place in Afghanistan. The constant fear of stepping or driving over a bomb as well as car or people as suicide bombers. The slow changes made in helping the people and the role the Canadian military plays in helping the medical care and education for the people and children of Afghanistan. This book is a must read to understand what the military (NATO) faces in Afghanistan. The American press give very little coverage to the role and deaths of our allies serving beside us in Afghanistan this book demonstrates that other countries also have grieving families from this war.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Most certainly. Audio or printed, every Canadian should know what our troops went through as directed by our Government which, by extention, is what we asked of them.
Who was your favorite character and why?
There are no "characters" as this is a non-fiction work.
What three words best describe Matilda Novak’s performance?
Tried too hard.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
There are very many touching and emotional stories within this book
Any additional comments?
THe narrator, when not trying to emulate the male voice, was quite good.
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