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  • Posted July 16, 2013

    Bekah is a single mother and a Marine Reservist. When her unit i

    Bekah is a single mother and a Marine Reservist. When her unit is activated, she is sent to Somalia, where she encounters danger and excitement.

    I liked the overall story and there was plenty of action to keep the reader interested. However, this book is rather graphic in the portrayal of war. I realize it is a war book but I didn't need so many descriptions of what was happening to people in the battles.

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  • Posted June 30, 2013

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    Hmm... Where to start? Honestly, about a third into the book,

    Hmm... Where to start?

    Honestly, about a third into the book, the whole plot totally changed, so I don't quite know which part to review. For the first seven chapters of the book, we spend time with Sergeant Lance Corporal Bekah Shaw, who is just living as a civilian, since she's a Marine Corps reservist. So, we see her going about life as a single mom, dealing with baby daddy drama that culminates in a bar fight for which she's held responsible. 

    And then suddenly, just as that's going on, in chapter 8 we're all the sudden in Somalia, following an incredibly violent terrorist whose actions are described in gory, gory detail. (Seriously, this book is NOT for the faint of heart or stomach.)

    For the next third of the book or so, we jump around from Bekah's story, to the terrorists, to other Marine reservists who later get called up with Bekah, but it all feels so disjointed and unconnected. As I got into the book, I realized the author must be using this book to set up an entire series, but I feel like it could have been done in a clearer, more guided way. I really spent the whole middle of the book with my head spinning, trying to keep all of the characters and their sudden back stories straight. 

    Then, for the last third of the book, we're in Somalia for good as the Marines seek to eliminate warring factions of terrorists.  As I said earlier, this is an incredibly graphic book, moreso than it probably needs to be. There's something much more violent about reading things like, "bullets riddled his face and his blood spurted out all over Bekah" or "she thrust the grenade under his body and a moment later he exploded, with blood covering the walls all around them" rather than just watching it in a movie, as here my imagination has to come up with the picture and its rather disturbing. I found it to be distracting, but maybe the author wanted to give you the feeling of being right there on the battlefield with the characters. 

    Anyway, if you're a fan of war stories and don't mind the violence, you might enjoy this contemporary novel based on current events. 

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    Posted May 19, 2013

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