The Heart of a Soldier

  • by Kate Blaise, Dana White
  • Narrated by Melissa Edris
  • 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Mike and Kate Blaise fell in love during high school in small-town Macon, Missouri. Sharing a deep sense of patriotism, they both entered the U.S. Army, she as a commissioned officer and he as an enlisted infantry soldier who later became a helicopter pilot with the Air Cavalry. Forced to accept the realities of a military marriage yet determined to stay with her husband, Kate passed up her dream assignment in the United States to be with Mike, who was deployed to Korea. But they never imagined a day like 9/11 or the military aftermath that sent them to Iraq, where Mike would lose his life in combat. A memoir unlike any other, The Heart of a Soldier captures the human side of war through the eyes of a unique insider. Delivering a candid take on life as a woman in the military as well as the grueling challenges facing all who serve, Kate Blaise takes us from the dreams of her idealistic youth to her final days with Mike, when she served in the battalion that provided support to his unit in Iraq. In vivid scenes, she describes her personal evolution as a female officer and a wife, and the incalculable price she and Mike paid in service to a country they love. Both a tribute and a work of riveting narrative, The Heart of a Soldier puts an unforgettable new face on love and war.


What the Critics Say

"Blaise offers elucidating close-up details of army life, especially for the rare woman officer." (Publishers Weekly)


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Five Star it Was Not

I was very bored with this novel and stopped about half way -- i don't think I'm that easily disappointed in books. For this one, I had in mind something completely different. I decided to read it based on the highly rated reviews in Amazon. One reviewer commented that they thought these 5-star reviews were written by family....possibly so.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-20-2005
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio