Marine Corporal Sean Nichols is wounded in a devastating ambush that takes the lives of his three friends and leaves him an amputee. If not for the heroism of his sergeant, Deke Tilman, who pulled him out of the road, Sean would have surely died with his fire team. With the help of Deke, Sean now embarks on his next mission - recuperate from his serious injuries, and visit the families of his fallen comrades as he tries to make peace with such profound loss. Battle Scars is a thought-provoking drama with compelling characters that illustrates the resiliency and strength of the human spirit, the power of love and friendship, and the ability to overcome even our darkest moments. Gritty realism and original storytelling breathe life into Battle Scars as it inspires us with a surprising tale of heroism and the great sacrifice made by our modern war fighters.
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One of the most immersive and heatfelt war books
I'm relatively new to audiobooks, but this was one of the most amazing books I've read or listened to in my entire life. I'm shipping off to train to be a Combat Medic in the US Army in just a few weeks so this book really hit home. Mr. Salkin really knew how to approach the subject. I really liked the character Sergeant Deke, as that's the kind of guy I hope to be, in terms of being able to project a winning attitude into others, even when they think there's no hope left.
After the book sets out to immerse you in the lifestyle and psyche of the marines deployed in Afghanistan, the book diverts into the personal relationships between the soldiers and their own thoughts and struggles, sealing them in the iron-clad brotherhood that develops between "battle buddies," in a warzone. I don't want to spoil anymore of the book, but if you have read titles such as Soldier X or Fallen Angels, you'll know what I mean when I say this book gets really emotional, and I found myself tearing up during several parts of the narration.
Martinson did an excellent job exhibiting the emotion of the dialogue between the characters in the book, as well as the general and dynamic atmosphere in the narration. If Clark was the female nurse in the book, it really adds to the contrast of environments that she is featured in, so it adds a really nice touch which maintains the immersion of the book.
I cried some, chuckled some, and felt like I was really there the whole time.
I'm glad titles like this are out there, so that people can gather some level of insight as to what our veterans have gone through; much respect to the author and narrator.
An Honorable Service to Wounded Veterans