AN Angel From Hell: Real Life on the Front Lines

AN Angel From Hell: Real Life on the Front Lines

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by Ryan A. Conklin
     
 

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An edgy, gripping report from the front lines by a young veteran and cast member of The Real World: Brooklyn

Ryan Conklin enlisted in the Army at age seventeen, following 9/11, and joined Angel Company. As a turret gunner with the famed 101st Airborne "Screaming Eagles," and a member of the famed "Rakkasans" regiment-the most decorated

Overview

An edgy, gripping report from the front lines by a young veteran and cast member of The Real World: Brooklyn

Ryan Conklin enlisted in the Army at age seventeen, following 9/11, and joined Angel Company. As a turret gunner with the famed 101st Airborne "Screaming Eagles," and a member of the famed "Rakkasans" regiment-the most decorated regiment in the U.S. Army-he endured hellish conditions in the war-torn city of Tikrit, Iraq.

When he returned to the States, he became a cast member on The Real World: Brooklyn in 2008. That came to an end when he received his notice recalling him to duty.

An Angel from Hell is a gritty, blunt, and laugh­out-loud funny war memoir from the grunt's perspective. Conklin reveals what the Iraq war is really like, day to day-the misery, the boredom, the absurdity, the horror, and even the moments of grace. With stunning candor and wisdom beyond his years, Ryan Conklin has documented a complex and unavoidably life-changing experience for his generation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101404256
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/06/2010
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
464
File size:
4 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Ryan Conklin is an Iraq war veteran who starred in the 21st season of MTV's The Real World. Having completed his second tour in Iraq, he is currently in college as a film major.

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AN Angel From Hell: Real Life on the Front Lines 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing, funny, detailed. I am a huge fan of ryan and this book makes me love him even more! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just not very interesting.
cderlo More than 1 year ago
Ryan Conklin does a wonderful job portraying his experiences as a grunt in the U.S. Army while serving in Iraq. Throughout the book, he describes his firsthand accounts of what serving in Iraq was like. From the base he was at while in the states to the barren desert-like land of Iraq, Conklin takes you on a personal journey of everyday life in Iraq, Conklin takes you on a personal journey of everyday life in the military. What I took out of this book was the brother-like bonds that are formed between Conklin and his buddies; their unique way of being friends and supporting each other through good times and bad. It truly is like no other bond. Even though their job wasn't always fun and exciting, they did it knowing that in some way or another they were helping out and doing their part. Conklin showed extreme patriotism to join the U.S. Army right after the happening of 9/11. What I liked about this book was Conklin's style of writing. He is a first time writer but barely shows that. His writing is not hard to understandand gives us more of a journal type of writing. He makes every situation he is in easily understandable and filled with detail of his surroundings. Reading what he wrote was almost like being there and actually seeing what he was describing. There isn't any negative part about this book. If you're looking for a good account on someone's personal experience in a war zone then this is your book. Conklin does an excellent job in doing everything he can to give you a good look into life in a war zone. If you like books like this then I also recommend checking out Donald F. Myers and his accounts on Vietnam. Overall this book was great and couldn't have been any better. 5 out of 5.
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Christine Larsen-Britt More than 1 year ago
I am hoping that he writes a follow up. Ryan takes you inside what our young enlisted are going through.
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