SIMPLE MACHINES by Manuel Carreon & Marla Dean

SIMPLE MACHINESThis is going to be a tough review. The hardest I’ve ever written. I’m very torn here.

I was contacted by Slaughter House Press and sent SIMPLE MACHINES to read and review. I was ever so happy to do so just like I am with anyone who contacts the book club. I thought this was a first-person account novel, like all the others I put on the reading schedule.

I opened the book and read, “SIMPLE MACHINES is a work of fiction.” I was immediately disappointed. Very rarely do I ever put a fictional book on the reading schedule as the focus of the club is to tell the stories of our American service member’s experiences in real-life, actual events, non-fiction historical accounts. The exception being historical fiction such as Huey by Jay and David Groen (August 2014 Book of the Month). The events in that book are actual events that occurred by two brothers in Vietnam and condensed into one character. So, their stories should be told.

The book began the story in a writing style I would describe as, “fluff writing” where the author uses 27 more words per paragraph than necessary to describe details that are uninteresting and unimportant. I find it difficult to become engaged in that style and I had a difficult time pushing through it.

As the story gets more involved the writing turns “normal” and it’s much easier to read. However, I was still struggling with the book being fiction. I would really like to know if these are actual accounts witnessed and experienced by Manuel Carreon or if this was a completely fabricated story. Knowing that, like knowing Huey was actual events, would help make this review a lot easier to write. The reason I struggle with this type of fiction is that it places non-factual events into my head when I am trying to learn all the events that my brothers and sisters are experiencing in combat.

Once I hit about 60% into the book, it was very engaging and I could not put it down. The book is very accurate in the way of telling the effects of combat. I have no doubt that portion is real. That last 40% went by quickly and I enjoyed the book very much.

I am glad I pushed through and read it. The last half of the book made it worth it. If these are actual experiences, I take back what I said earlier in this review and would have it proudly listed on the book club’s reading list. If all the events are fabricated, well, it should be chalked up to fiction for that targeted audience, not a book club such as this.

In summary, is it a good read? The answer is yes. I have read many reviews for it on Amazon.com and Goodreads and it’s reviews are very positive. However, I have to be true to my intent of this book club and state that caution needs to be observed since it’s a book of fiction.

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The Reaper: Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers

The Reaper: Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops SnipersI was very interested to read The Reaper: Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers by Nicholas Irving because I had previously served in a sniper section and because he was in 3/75. I was able to relate with this book far easier than a book like American Sniper. While American Sniper is excellent, I was not a SEAL sniper so it’s different. My time in 2/75 also helped me closely relate to the story Nicholas Irving was telling.

This was a very easy read. His story is mainly focused on a tour to Helmand, Afghanistan in 2009. It branches off now and again to information about his time in Iraq or to times when he was growing up. However, not so much as to pull you fully away from the story he is trying to tell like many military novels. This was a welcomed change as I have read so many stories of “getting through training” to get to the various units.

We do not get a lot of information about what is happening over in Afghanistan anymore. The media has completely tuned it out even though the war is still on. The information contain in this book is crucial for everyone so that they know what is happening over there. The novels being written by our service members are the history books.

Before starting this book, I read a review or comment somewhere where someone stated that it was excessively gory. My first response is, no it’s not. Everything was a description of events experienced and/or witnessed. Nothing was overly excessive in my opinion. Actually, I thought he held back quite a bit information that he could have included. My second response is, if you think this was gory, you need to re-evaluate the subject matter of the books that you are reading. If reading about a sniper is too much for you, you should choose something else to read. Underwater basket weaving is always an alternative.

One thing I do not like to do when reviewing a book is reveal all the details. You should read the book and learn about them yourself. I will definitely state that The Reaper: Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers is highly recommended.

Thank you for your service Irv!

RLTW!

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On Assimilation: A Ranger’s Return From War – The Single Most Important Book You Should Read!

On Assimilation: A Ranger's Return From WarI just finished On Assimilation: A Ranger’s Return From War by Leo Jenkins. Every person, every Veteran, every civilian should set down the book they are currently reading and pick this one up. It’s not very long and you will barely miss the time spent away from your current book. What IT WILL DO is change your life.

If you are a Veteran, this book will help you in ways you could not imagine. It will be a starting point for your healing. Leo has laid it all out there. I thank him for that.

If you’ve ever thought or spoken the words, “I Support Our Troops/Veterans” then you need to read this book. Chances are you have done more of a disservice to them than supporting them. You need to know what it’s really like to be a Veteran and know what Veteran’s are going through. From the failed VA to the fake help being offered by our government, the book shows an insight into the problems our Veteran’s are going through. Unfortunately, the reality is, those problems may initiate with you. The person who will shake a Veteran’s hand and thank them for their service but won’t even consider them for employment. Just one example of many.

Don’t set down your current book… drop it, throw it! Grab this one and read it as fast as you can.

Our brothers/sisters need your help. They fought for you and now it’s time for our country to fight for them.

Any veteran who needs to talk, message me. I am here for you. No matter what!

RLTW!

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