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    Read [Spoils by Brian Van Reet] Author Brian Van Reet Brian Van Reet ✓ 0 Read & Download review Spoils by Brian Van Reet Spoils is both fast paced and hard to put down This story covers eight weeks during the 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 Specia

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    review Spoils by Brian Van Reet Download ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ Brian Van Reet Brian Van Reet ✓ 0 Read & Download It's 2003 and I'm in Ira watching while a young female American soldier is captured an only slightly older male American 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 didn't really happen It is a book It is a

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    Read [Spoils by Brian Van Reet] Author Brian Van Reet 45 Stars ––– A GoodReads Win – Highly Recommended I should begin by admitting this When I was much younger at the cl

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    Read [Spoils by Brian Van Reet] Author Brian Van Reet review Spoils by Brian Van Reet 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 narr

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    Read [Spoils by Brian Van Reet] Author Brian Van Reet Brian Van Reet ✓ 0 Read & Download A gripping literary novel about jihadism and US the invasion of Ira Don't expect an action packed war novel thi

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    review Spoils by Brian Van Reet Read [Spoils by Brian Van Reet] Author Brian Van Reet Thank you to Netgalley Random house uk vintage and Brian Van Reet for the opportunity to read this book for an honest review I voluntarily reviewed an Advance reader copy of this book You can find my review on both Goodreads and On Goodreads from today under Karen Whittard and on under kewhittard from publication date I usually shy away from reading anything about war But this books bio really spoke to me and I just couldn't not

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    Read [Spoils by Brian Van Reet] Author Brian Van Reet 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 earnin

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    Download ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ Brian Van Reet Brian Van Reet ✓ 0 Read & Download Read [Spoils by Brian Van Reet] Author Brian Van Reet More book reviews on wwwsnazzybookscom For me Spoils is a tricky book to write about There were parts of it I found deeply fascinating and which really hooked me in – mainly the parts where Cassandra is in captivity which were so disturbing but at 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’

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    Read [Spoils by Brian Van Reet] Author Brian Van Reet This 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 B

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Spoils by Brian Van ReetRead so few war books if ou enjoyed this I can recommend Real #Monsters By Liam Brown #by Liam Brown I loved that book and it made it into my Top Ten Books read in 2015 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 
there are too many 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 authors do without necessarily considering what it adds to the story they re telling Rather than creating tension or roundedness this served to distract and irritate me the second 1st person narrative by a tank soldier especially seems to add little other than a bit of handy moralising about the lacks of morals in a war settingWhat attracted me to this book was the blurb about the captured female soldier and Van Reet treats this strand superbly again it s a shame that we re halfway through the book before this advertised storyline emerges When it does the closely wrought tension the twisted intimacy between captors and captives ramp the book up and these sections alone in between all the to ing and fro ing to other people and places would have warranted a 5 star rating Especially impressive is the way Van Reet gets inside a female consciousness something that not all male authors do with success So a somewhat mixed response fom me though one which is certainly positive overall the claustrophobic and sometimes shocking events during the captivity scenes are what made this a standout read for me focus less generalising war is chaos I m sure it is but too many other books are saying the same thing would have upped my rating 35 stars rounded up to 4 because the taut captivity scenes are rendered superbly Thanks to the publisher for an ARC via NetGalley 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 his discharge 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 ear old American soldier serving as a tank 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 destroy She joined the army to be different 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 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 *the murder of women and children and the rise of Osama he uestions his place in the jihad Dr 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 bad decisions causing the 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 graphic details 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 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 control destined to become a modern classic Spoils is an unsparing and morally complex nov. Hat it is as a series of miscalculations and blunders fuels an already simmering insurgency intent on making Ira the next graveyard of empiresIn dazzling and propulsive prose Brian Van Reet explores the lives on both sides of the battle lines Cassandra a nineteen ear old gunner on an American Humvee who is captured during a deadly firefight and awakens in a prison cell; Abu al Hool a lifelong mujahedeen beset by a simmering crisis

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El 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 from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for fair and unbiased review 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 is a POW Sleed who is a crewman specialist taking advantage of the chaos in
The Wake Of The War 
wake of the war 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 does a good job of portraying the complex factors taking place during 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 didn t enjoy the book though I think the constant switching in POV certainly didn t help All the parts with Sleed were boring to me and he 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 things discussed are things I ve already seen talked about a lot and I m not far enough away from it et 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 did 45 Stars A GoodReads Win Highly Recommended I should begin by admitting this When I was much ounger at the close of every prayer I asked for the strength to die 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 disturbing realities of the Ira War SPOILS is a first rate debut for this author and war veteran from Houston Texas Acknowledged to the dead and to those of all nations whose lives have been diminished 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 demon He is a man And every man is much like ourselves 190 Thank La Muette you to Netgalley Random house uk vintage and Brian Van Reet for the opportunity to read this book for an honest review I voluntarily reviewed an Advance reader copy of this book You can find my review on both Goodreads and On Goodreads from today under Karen Whittard and on under kewhittard from publication date 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 ifou like of this story is a former Army tank officer in Ira Van Reet Van Reet deliveres a moving and powerful book The book is told from the perspective of three different 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 delicate way There are lots of descriptions about how the tanks work and military life But there are also massive in depth and delicately told information about Islamic life Including lots of descriptions about the differences in the Muslim faith and other religions Van Reet has a very plain and manner of fact way of telling Vie des douze Csars (Intgrale) Sutone you about the details of war He doesn t beat around the bush and this is refreshing This is a very powerful and important book It tellsou about the war and the effects it has on people It is clear on the matter of fact truth that war 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 This 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 ou 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 list. 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 destined to become a modern classic Spoils is an unsparing and morally complex novel that chronicles the human cost of comba. It s 2003 and I m in Ira watching while a oung female American soldier is captured an only slightly older male American 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 didn t really happen It is a book It is a book It didn t really happen Did itI m not the usual war story reader and even less so modern day warfare so it surprised me to no end ho A gripping literary novel about jihadism and US the invasion of Ira Don T Expect An Action Packed War Novel expect an action packed war novel is not that kind of book Rather it tells the tale of a female US gunner who is captured along with two of her colleagues a male US tank crewman who is part of the effort to find and rescue them and a veteran mujahid from the Afghan Soviet war who is battling personal doubts about the direction and methods of the jihadi movement Gritty and realistic the story is told from three separate viewpoints until eventually their fates and actions intertwine More book reviews on wwwsnazzybookscom For me Spoils is a tricky book to write about There were parts of it I found deeply fascinating and which really hooked me in mainly the parts where Cassandra is in captivity which were #so disturbing but at the same time incredibly interesting to read about The general theme of army #disturbing but at the same time incredibly interesting to read about The general theme of army 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 capture as that s what really hooked me in from the synopsis Unfortunately it takes a long time in the storyline before that actually happens and I found myself feeling a bit impatient as I wanted the narrative to get to that point despite knowing it would be disturbing tricky at times to read I understand that the section before that point is laying out the run up to these events and really setting the scene but I found that I much preferred reading the scenes about Cassandra s captivity and how Abu al Hool s brotherhood treated her as it was just so intriguing and different to read about I felt Cassandra s captivity as if I was experiencing it myself and this is a testament to Brian Van Reet s writing and knowledge on the subject very impressiveI would recommend this novel and feel it is an important novel to read especially with everything going on in the world today and it s certainly something different as well as being a powerful readRating 35 bumped to 4Many thanks to the publisher Vintage Random House UK for providing a copy of this novel on which I chose to write an honest and unbiased review Spoils is both fast paced and hard to put down This story covers eight weeks during the early stages of the war in Ira in 2003 It is written *from three points of view but I mostly connected with oung female American soldier Specialist Cassandra Wigheard and a Jihadist *three points of view but I mostly connected with oung female American soldier Specialist Cassandra Wigheard and a Jihadist Abu al HoolBe warned this is not a light read I don 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 days Terrorism however is very much my horror euivalent these days as it seems to get deep within me and plays on my fears It actually gives me nightmares So why did I choose to read this novel I hear ou 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 destroys itself This novel although hard hitting is very well written and doesn t sensationalise violence It feels unnervingly real truthful and terrifying The characters are well developed on both sides enabling ou 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 emotionally drained 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 The finest Ira War novel et written by an American Wall Street Journal 10 Best Novels of the YearAn electrifying debut 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 .