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Faraway Thunder: A Journey through Army Life and the Gulf War

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Coming to the top of the low hill that lay at our front all that afternoon, the battle lay before us. A long low basin stretched into the distance with burning vehicles smoldering at innumerable places. In my night vision goggles streaking shafts of light slammed into their targets; white fireballs exploded at the end of their laser beam straightness. The streaks of seeming laser light happened in rapid succession, one after another after another. The tracer-like M1A1 sabot rounds piercing the atmosphere, ...
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Coming to the top of the low hill that lay at our front all that afternoon, the battle lay before us. A long low basin stretched into the distance with burning vehicles smoldering at innumerable places. In my night vision goggles streaking shafts of light slammed into their targets; white fireballs exploded at the end of their laser beam straightness. The streaks of seeming laser light happened in rapid succession, one after another after another. The tracer-like M1A1 sabot rounds piercing the atmosphere, accentuated by my infrared night vision, created a horrific scene of fire in the valley. As artillery boomed constantly somewhere very near, the steadily increasing noise of the battle seemed to reach a crescendo. The incredible succession of rapid tank fire roared up at us like waves; the chaos and mayhem threatening to overwhelm my senses. I looked over at Sergeant T as he held a lit cigarette under his poncho. Neither of us spoke. I followed the vehicle at my front, into the valley.

Faraway Thunder is a common soldier's story. Intensely personal, it tells the story of modern army life and war in the Persian Gulf. From the recruiter's office to the battlefield, it is a journey into the thoughts and observations of one soldier as he sees and feels war, and the aftermath of war.

Gwen Haugen, News Record, writes, "Was this a book I really wanted to read, considering my built in aversion to weaponry and war? Yet when I had finished the reading I was grateful for the experience. The book held so much more than an accounting of factual events; it took us into the mind of a young man who struggled with devotion to duty and the suffering which results from waging war..." Haugen continues; "He is skillful in his use of conversation. Sentences are short, in the language which one would expect from men dealing with life choices and life threatening situations...In my opinion, Jones is a master of suspense."
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  • ISBN-13: 9780967261508
  • Publisher: Vista Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/28/1999
  • Pages: 194

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