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Publisher's Summary

Jarhead meets Redeployment in a suspenseful and smart fiction debut that has been called "thrilling, tragic, and darkly funny" by National Book Award-winning author Phil Klay.
The US military is preparing to withdraw from Iraq, and newly minted lieutenant Jack Porter struggles to accept how it's happening - through alliances with warlords who have Arab and American blood on their hands. Day after day Jack tries to assert his leadership in the sweltering, dreary atmosphere of Ashuriyah. But his world is disrupted by the arrival of veteran sergeant Daniel Chambers, whose aggressive style threatens to undermine the fragile peace that the troops have worked hard to establish.
As Iraq plunges back into chaos and bloodshed, and Chambers' influence over the men grows stronger, Jack becomes obsessed with a strange, tragic tale of reckless love between a lost American soldier and Rana, a local sheikh's daughter. In search of the truth and buoyed by the knowledge that what he finds may implicate Sergeant Chambers, Jack seeks answers from the enigmatic Rana, and soon their fates become intertwined. Determined to secure a better future for Rana and a legitimate and lasting peace for her country, Jack will defy American command, putting his own future in grave peril.
Pulling listeners into the captivating immediacy of a conflict that can shift from drudgery to devastation at any moment, Youngblood provides startling new dimension to both the moral complexity of war and its psychological toll.
©2016 Matt Gallagher (P)2016 Simon & Schuster
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5 out of 5 stars
By Xavierofthewell on 06-30-17

Hemingway of Iraq (minus the hubris)

Matt Gallagher's war novel portrays Iraq's harsh realities with romance and intrigue like the Masters.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Seacha on 04-03-16

life of soldiers in Iraq as seen from the inside.

the feeling that something is about to go wrong permeates this story, mauve is a Roadside ied, maybe a intra personnel blow up. well told, makes you feel like you have been a fly on the wall.

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