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House to House: A Soldier's Memoir

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  • Posted April 10, 2010

    A picture of combat I've not read before. A must read!

    Reading the book made the hair on my arms and the back of my neck stand at attention. If you have been in combat during previous actions you can easily see how much war has changed over the years. It is often said "to know the face of your enemy" and this author reveals it in a way that puts you in the battle while sitting in your chair. It makes you laugh, it makes you cry but mostly it puts a terrifying picture of war before the reader.

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  • Posted September 13, 2009

    House to House review by Nick Haley

    The novel I read, House to House, by SSgt David Bellavia, was about the 2nd battalion 2nd Infantry Regiment of the Marine Corps and their battles in Fallujah and Muqdadiyah Iraq. It starts off explaining the sight of dead insurgents being piled atop one another along the sides of the streets by their families in muqdadiyah as Bellavia and his team move into position downtown. It then goes on to describe their second mission in their tour of Iraq, a drug lord and militiamen leader in the countryside, in this segment he explains the stench, filth, and uncleanliness of walking through the sewage to merely take pictures of the house. And the final segment of the book describes how the battalion moves in through the breach at Fallujah and gains high altitude positions on the rooftops whilst looking for trip bombs and other suicide bomber threats.

    A main character in this book is the author, SSgt David Bellavia. He is a stern leader who is always a friend to his men while at the same time teaching them and keeping them from being injured. A second character would be SSgt Colin Fitts. He is Bellavia's best friend in the Marines and is shot six times throughout the book. He is an idol to his men as he never flinches and continues to fight until the battle is over no matter how fatal his injuries might be. A final important character is CSM Steven W. Faulkenburg. He is in Fitts' battalion and is the best man Fitts has until he tragically dies on November 9th in Fallujah.

    "Blood flows over my left hand and I lose my grip on his hair. His head snaps back against the floor. In an instant, his fists are pummeling me. I rock from his counterblows. He lands on my injured jaw and the pain nearly blinds me. He connects with my nose, and blood and snot pour down my throat. I spit blood between my teeth and scream with him. The two of us sound like caged dogs locked in a death match. We are."
    The speaker here is Bellavia describing his hand to hand combat situation with an insurgent.

    This passage in the novel is important to the book because it lets the reader know just how things went down in Iraq. It is also important because it shows how tough these men have it fighting for our freedom and also just how close some things are to life and death situations.

    I strongly agree with the things pointed out in this book with regards to the media and also with the things that they say about the insurgents. I also like how they really show how the Iraqis that are on our side are ill equipped but continue to fight and die by our side not knowing what's around the next corner or if they'll see their family again. I think the book relates to my grandfather who recently passed away because he fought in the Korean War and can most likely relate with the happenings of the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2009

    Must read!!

    If you know anyone who went to Iraq, you need to read this book. If you want to know exactly what is going on over there, you need to read this book. I have a better understanding of why the several people I love have returned and do not wish to speak of their experiences and instead indicate it is overwhleming and I wouldn't be able to understand. I thank David Bellavia for providing me the means to understand what our men and women endure to maintain our freedom and protect the freedom of others.

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