Into the Fire: A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War by Dakota Meyer, Bing West
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It is one of the few Afghan War books I’ve read. It covers Dakota Meyer’s time in Afghanistan and the battle he was in which earned him the Medal of Honor. This book is not polished and classy. It is just a story about a boy from Kentucky who likes to shoot big guns. In part, I think the very “backwoodsness” of the book gives it a lot of charm and makes the end when he gets the Medal he doesn’t think he deserves all the more heart wrenching. Politically, there were many elements of the book that reminded me of the Vietnam War what with using soldiers to keep peace and telling them they can’t shoot over there even as they’re being shot at.
This is a very testosterone heavy book with lots of guns and guys shooting stuff. I enjoyed it more than Chris Kyles’ book but not as much as Lone Survivor. If you’re into Modern Military History, don’t miss out on this book. It makes you think about what you would do in that situation, how our men are treated, and problems that communication causes. It also makes you ponder when to obey and when not to obey.
If you have a son going into the military, I would say this is a must read.
Rated R: Language and violence. (Sex is little, to none existent.)
Silent Prey by John Stanford
Sigh. Okay. This book was boring and I felt emotionally flat-lined through the whole thing. Not once did I feel thrilled, scared, worried, happy, sad, or even like I cared. When I got to the end I felt like the two main ‘plot twists’ should have been clearly introduced to the reader at the beginning so we would feel some tension as our hero tried to figure out what was going on. Instead, I spent the whole book trying to keep up with everyone and feeling like everyone but me knew what was going on. Honestly, half way through this book my main thought was, “It must not be as hard to get published as everyone says it is.”
Blah book with no redeeming value. Kept waiting for it to get good, but it never did.
Rated R: no morals, language, serial killer