Acclaimed author Walter Dean Myers presents a compelling novel that looks at America's occupation of Iraq through the eyes of those who live it first hand. Charged with building up relations between the U.S. military and the Iraqi people, a team of soldiers strives to make real connections and bridge the divide between two very different cultures. On constant guard from frequent suicide bomb attacks and deadly skirmishes, their situation reveals a tragic human toll.More
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Excellent, moving account of soldiers' lives.
The author describes the lives of soldiers in Iraq, members of a squad of civil affairs soldiers, in 2003. They are working to "win the hearts and minds" of Iraqi citizens, but their job is no less dangerous than many other soldiers because it is rarely clear who is friend and who is foe. The ambiguity is exasperating and often dangerous. In simple but clear language, the story is told in first person through experiences and through letters back home. The dialogue is realistic as it is often very humorous. I was finally able to start to grasp how it might feel to experience life as a soldier in Iraq. For me, it was eye-opening and very worthwhile.
I liked the use of the language and the realism of the dialogue. Instead of using persistent swear words, the author simply showed us the frustration, confusion, the comradship and the cynical humor that men who are constantly together often use. The protagonist, Robin, is often pensive, observing as he is participating, trying to think things through.
I liked all the scenes.
Yes, I would have if I could have. The narrator set the perfect tone for the story. Very well done.
Very highly recommended. I will certainly be looking for any other books by this same author.
I just kept waiting for something to happen. There was nothing that really made me connect with the main character.
More character development. The underlying conflict between the soldier and his father never developed fully.
Sure, but it left me wondering why the book was written/published.
Not the moving account I had hoped for.