Spoils By Brian Van Reet [ free ] by Brian Van Reet


  • Hardcover
  • 304
  • Spoils By Brian Van Reet
  • Brian Van Reet
  • English
  • 20 May 2019
  • 9780316316163

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  1. says:

    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 t

  2. says:

    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 Specialist Cassa

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    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 book It didn't really happen Did itI'm not the usual war story reader and even less so modern day

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    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 to die unafraid Now often I pray to live rig

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    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 per

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    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 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

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    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 fr

  8. says:

    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

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    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 conditio

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    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 Baghdad in 2003 the three main characters are all wonderfully crafted as is the entire novel SPOILS hits hard

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Spoils By Brian Van Reet

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 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 read it The narrator if you 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 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 tells you 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 Catching Fire 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 The Wiley Handbook of Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, 2 Volume Set (Wiley Clinical Psychology Handbooks) he could The Apple Bandit (Nancy Drew: Notebooks, 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 Incubus human cost of comba Thank you to Netgalley Random The Sharpe Companion The Early Years house uk vintage and Brian Van Reet for the opportunity to read this book for an Tantra y salchicha. La vía sabrosa al sexo sagrado 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 if you 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 Textbook of Clinical Hemodynamics 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 Running to the Edge: A Band of Misfits and the Guru Who Unlocked the Secrets of Speed has a very plain and manner of fact way of telling 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 tells you about the war and the effects it Down and Out in Paris and London 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 The French Cafe hard Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry hitting emotional read that is an important eye opener A must read Happy reading everyone

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The finest Ira War novel yet 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 w 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 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 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 did

REVIEW Spoils By Brian Van Reet

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 year 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 o 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 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 El Gaucho Martín FierroLa vuelta de Martín Fierro he s talking about when Fragonard Art and Eroticism he writes war Mao Zedong he conveys the chaos the confusion and the visceral nature of combat with a raw and clear eyed intention We The Monarchs Are Missing 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 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 Touchstone 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 Chocolate Candy Always Melts In The Sun Poems AboutLove betrayal anger struggle and understanding 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 Love is Blind 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 Straight To Sleep Gay Somnophilia 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


About the Author: Brian Van Reet

Brian Van Reet is the author of Spoils named one of the best books of 2017 by the Guardian Military Times the Wall Street Journal and others A graduate of the Michener Center for Writers he has twice won the Texas Institute of Letters short story award He lives in Austin with his family