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Nd experience to raw on the senselessness and humanity of war The story plays out like a film in front of your eyes and I really hope that one Love on the Rocks Men Women and Alcohol in Post World War II America day this is made into a film thatoes it justice and moves audiences the way that Hurt Locker idI recommend this book to anyone that likes to read Don t be put off by the fact it is a war book Just go and read itThanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review Spoils is both fast paced and hard to put "Down This Story Covers Eight Weeks During "This story covers eight weeks uring early stages of the war in Ira in 2003 It is written from three points of view but I mostly connected with young female American soldier Specialist Cassandra Wigheard and a Jihadist called Abu al HoolBe warned this is not a light read i this is not a light read I t use the word hate very often but I hate war and terrorism I used to love horror novels but they rarely scare me these Aliens Vs Predator days Terrorism however is very much my horror euivalent theseays as it seems to get For Discrimination deep within me and plays on my fears It actually gives me nightmares So whyid I choose to read this novel I hear you ask I just can t help searching for an answer to make sense of all this mindless violence and seemingly pointless bloodshed even if that is within the pages of a novel I wish it would all go away and peace could prevail but I fear it will just continue until the human race estroys itself This novel although hard hitting is very well written and oesn t sensationalise violence It feels unnervingly real truthful and terrifying The characters are well Repressed Memories A Journey to Recovery from Sexual Abuse FiresideParkside Recovery Book developed on both sides enabling you to see there isn t a clear line between good and bad right or wrong It feels like we re all losers in this I read this book with a heavy heart and feel rather emotionallyrained and a little bit traumatised now that I ve finished itThis is a great book that I highly recommend I m not usually very good at recommending other similar books but as I read so few war books if you enjoyed this I can recommend Real Monsters by Liam Brown as I loved that book and it made it into my Top Ten Books read in 2015 In 2003 as American forces have taken over Baghdad a group of American troops is captured and held prisoner by jihadists The book follows three people s perspectives Cassandra who is one of the troops that has been captured and is a POW Sleed who is a crewman and specialist taking advantage of the chaos in the wake of the war and Abu al hool one of the mujahideen struggling with the new wave of people joining their cause and his weakening power The book is well written and it Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic does a good job of portraying the complex factors taking placeuring the whole invasion The author even manages to make the jihadists sympathetic and shows their own perspective and motivations I m not sure why I African Literature 9 didn t enjoy the book though I think the constant switching in POV certainlyidn t help All the parts with Sleed were boring to me and he Alien Conquest didn t uite fit into the story line as well with everything that was going on I would have much rather read the whole book through Cassandra s POV I think also its been uite a while since all the events of the book not long enough where it s interesting to think about but long enough that a lot of the things brought up in the book are pretty well known at this point The timing just makes the book less interesting at least to me because all the thingsiscussed are things I ve already seen talked about a lot and I m not far enough away from it yet to want to rehash everything I found the book to be okay I just couldn t get into it for some reason but others seem to have enjoyed it a lot than I i. F conscience as he struggles against enemies from without and within including the next wave of far radicalized jihadists; and Specialist Sleed a tank crewman who goes along with a victimless crime the conseuences of which are awful than any he could have imaginedDepicting a war spinning rapidly out of control estined to become a modern classic Spoils is an unsparing and morally complex novel that chronicles the human cost of comba. Spoils author Brian Van ReetThis one can be placed right beside ALL UIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT THE NAKED AND THE DEAD FROM HERE TO ETERNITY it is that powerful and important a novel of war and the effects Van Reet gives you stories from both sides of Baghdad in 2003 the three main characters are all wonderfully crafted as is the entire novel SPOILS hits hard and is sure to be high on BEST OF 2017 lists More book reviews on wwwsnazzybookscom For me Spoils is a tricky book to write about There were parts of it I found Rising Above The Influence: A True Story about Alcohol, Drugs, and Recovery deeply fascinating and which really hooked me in mainly the parts where Cassandra is in captivity which were soisturbing but the parts where Cassandra is in captivity which were so Conjure In African American Society disturbing but the same time incredibly interesting to read about The general theme of army life and conditions in Afghanistan is also one I found I became absorbed inI wasn t overly keen on the way the novel was structured I found the switches in narrator a little confusing I usually really enjoy books that swap around a lot but in Spoils I found it a bit off putting at times I think I really just wanted to read about Cassandra s ca Spoils takes readers into the Ira war stripping away the facade of accepted views of the enemy and the justification of war to reveal the complicated reality Debut author Brian Van Reet knows his subject He left university to enlist in the U S Army after the September 11 attacks serving as a tank crewman in Ira and earning a Bronze Star for valor After hisischarge Van Reet returned to his studies and to writing From the viewpoint of the American characters we learn of the hardships and boredom of war the crazy randomness of violence and the gap between the reason and the reality of war The Irai characters shed light on the history of the conflict and the changing nature of jihad under extremists and after America invaded IraCassandra Wigheard is a nineteen year old american soldier serving as a year old American soldier serving as a gunner She is aware of the gap between the political hype about Operation Irai Freedom and the reality that the army s purpose is to kill and Womens Political Activism in Palestine destroy She joined the army to beifferent to escape a hard life for one she hoped would be harder She is appalled by the rape of another female soldier and at her fellow soldiers callousnessAbu Al Hool is a Alien Commanders Bride (Draconians, dedicated mujaheddin who sees radicalized jihadists taking over He left his privileged life to join something bigger to shape the world Now with the murder of women and children and the rise of Osama he uestions his place in the jihad Dr Walid a leader whose motto was Jihad and the rifle alone is taking over powerSargent Sleed joined the army to find a higher purpose but instead makes badecisions causing the The alphas abused mate deaths of Irai civilians which he covers upCassandra is captured by the group led by Dr Walid and Abu Al Hool leading Al Hool to make a fatal choiceThere is no sensationalizing of war no graphicetails of violence My reaction was intellectual than visceral But that makes me happy I can t read graphic violence I always had an idea of what the Americans would be like But they are Word Alchemy different than I thought They re just people That was one of my favorite uotes in the bookThe publisher writesDepicting a war spinning rapidly out of controlestined to become a modern classic Spoils is an unsparing and morally complex novel that chronicles the achingly human cost of combat That about sums it up for meI received a free ebook from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and unbiased review Thank you to Netgalley Random house uk vintage and Brian "van reet for the opportunity to read this "Reet for the opportunity to read this for an honest review I voluntarily reviewed an Advance reader copy of this book You can find my review on both Goodreads and On. The finest Ira War novel yet written by an American Wall Street Journal 10 Best Novels of the YearAn electrifying ebut The Economist that maps the blurred lines between good and evil soldier and civilian victor and vanuishedLonglisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for ExcellenceIt is April 2003 American forces have taken Baghdad and are now charged with winning hearts and minds But this vital tipping point is barely recognized for Goodreads from today under Karen Whittard And On Under Kewhittard and on under kewhittard publication ate I usually shy away from reading anything about war But this books bio really spoke to me and I just couldn t not read it The narrator if you like of this story is a former Army tank officer in Ira Van Reet Van Reet An Endless Lie deliveres a moving and powerful book The book is told from the perspective of threeifferent people two American soldiers and a mujahideen fighter But each of the people s stories are written carefully and truthfully and in a clear and a mujahideen fighter But each of the people s stories are written carefully and truthfully and in a clear ROMANCE (BWWM Military Romance Boxset) (African American Urban Series Short Stories Book 1) delicate way There are lots ofescriptions about how the tanks work and military life But there are also massive in My Hero Academia memes for kids - Funny New Memes 2019 depth andelicately told information about Islamic life Including lots of After the Tears descriptions about theifferences in the Muslim faith and other religions Van Reet has a very plain and manner of fact way of telling you about the Daddy Blames Me details of war Heoesn t beat around the bush and this is refreshing This is a very powerful and important book It tells you about the war and the effects it has on people It is clear on the matter of fact truth that war Statistical Arbitrage: Algorithmic Trading Insights and Techniques (Wiley Finance) does not produce a winner and a loser But losers on each side A hard hitting emotional read that is an important eye opener A must read Happy reading everyone A gripping literary novel about jihadism and US the invasion of Ira Don t expect an action packed war novel this is not that kind of book Rather it One thing abundantly clear is that Van Reet knows what he s talking about when he writes war he conveys the chaos the confusion and the visceral nature of combat with a raw and clear eyed intention We hear the noise we see the blood we smell the fear and the fireThat said there are signs of less than complete mastery over the craft of novel writing for one there are too many switches in points of view two 1st person narrators plus a 3rd person narrative focalised through a female soldier and that constant flitting backwards and forwards in time and geography that so many authorso without necessarily considering what it adds to the story they re telling Rather than creating tension or roundedness this served to Facing the Rising Sun distract and irritate me the second 1st person narrative by a tank soldier especially seems to add little other than a bit of handy 45 Stars A GoodReads Win Highly Recommended I should begin by admitting this When I was much younger at the close of every prayer I asked for the strength toie unafraid Now often I pray to live righteously 24Brian Van Reet has written an exceptional literary novel about the hardships the violence and chaos and the Best African American Fiction 2010 disturbing realities of the Ira War SPOILS is a first rateebut for this author and war veteran from Houston Texas Acknowledged to the Her Alien Bodyguard (The Guards Of Attala, dead and to those of all nations whose lives have beeniminished by war There comes a time for each of us when we realize the truth about the enemy Which is that he is not an idea or some faceless emon He is a man And every man is much like ourselves 190 It s 2003 and I m in Ira watching while a young female American soldier is captured an "Only Slightly Older Male "slightly older male soldier is elsewhere learning the truth of war and a seasoned mujahedeen finds his brothers becoming much radicalisedOh hang on no I m not there It is a book It idn t really happen It is a book It is a book It New Trends Generations in African Literature Today, Alt 20 didn t really happen Did itI m not the usual war story reader and even less so modernay warfare so it surprised me to no end how much I loved this book And isn t that the best kind It is about war but it is much than that The way Van Reet is able to immerse you into this time period and these lives is remarkable I guess there is nothing like first ha. Hat it is as a series of miscalculations and blunders fuels an already simmering insurgency intent on making Ira the next graveyard of empiresIn The Battle over Marriage dazzling and propulsive prose Brian Van Reet explores the lives on both sides of the battle lines Cassandra a nineteen year old gunner on an American Humvee who is captureduring a eadly firefight and awakens in a prison cell; Abu al Hool a lifelong mujahedeen beset by a simmering crisis ,