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By jeffrey on 05-30-15
The book that shouldn't been written.
The author starts by telling readers that he went to Afghanistan with a plan to write on a particular topic. Once there the author isn't allowed access to the troops needed for the book. So he tries to save the project by doing something different. The bottom line is that he never gets a interesting story. It like watching a pot of water that never boils. Nice try but he should have accepted he didn't have the material for a good book.
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By J on 04-14-15
What disappointed you about Gentlemen Bastards?
In two words: Nothing Happens. No blood and guts, not triumphant victories: NOTHING
Has Gentlemen Bastards turned you off from other books in this genre?
Most war books are written by the men who actually fought. This book was written by a reporter who wanted to write a great story about war...but never saw action. Pathetic.
What about Mike Chamberlain’s performance did you like?
The reader's performance was fine, he simply had nothing to work with.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
This book was so dull, I almost want my credit back.
Any additional comments?
At the end of the book the author said he wanted to write a book like "Dispatches" by Michael Herr. The biggest problem being Herr saw action, and described it better than this author ever could. Again: Nothing Happens In This Book!!!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful