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Terry McGowan had been a beat cop, a marine captain, and a special agent for the FBI before retiring at the age of 50. But when tragedy struck the United States on September 11, 2001, Terry felt an undiminished sense of duty to protect and serve his country.
Six years later he was in Iraq as a member of a team of high-ranking retired and active-duty military working for the highest level of marine military intelligence. His success in Iraq led to a position as a law enforcement professional with the marines in Afghanistan. There he found himself the oldest member of a platoon on the front line - a platoon that was understrength and under fire. While an 18-year-old marine can't look at a crowd of Afghans and pick out the guilty party, with his years of experience in law enforcement, Terry had developed an eye for the "felony look". His training as a marine officer, combined with his experience as an FBI agent, made him a unique asset as he struggled to keep up with young marines while they humped over the mountains.
In The Silence of War, Terry recounts the many trials of his life of service, providing an intimate glimpse into the horrible realities of modern military conflict.
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By chris on 08-27-16
A story that needed to be told.
Where does The Silence of War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
As a member of the 2/7 unit that was deployed to Helmand Province in Afghanistan
this book is very close to me, for me and my brother Marines this is the first and probably only outlet we have to let America at large hear our voice about our war. If one has been searching for a source to get a sense of perspective about the war in Afghanistan, I recommend this book first and foremost.
What other book might you compare The Silence of War to and why?
Storm of Steel by Ernst Junger.
Which scene was your favorite?
Probably the one where Terry get's shot at by about 4 RPG rockets, then gives the shooter the finger and tells him "Fuck you!!! You can't hit shit!!!!"
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Any additional comments?
All I can say I have said it is my sincere hope that Americans seeking to understand a bit better what their veterans have experienced read this book.
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