Rob had a pretty rough childhood: given up for adoption as an infant, brought into a family of highly decorated military men, suffering the loss of his mother to cancer, and his rebellion which landed him in military school. When he finally returns home he meets Cindy, who quickly becomes his best friend. After graduation, however, the two go off to college at opposite ends of Texas, and their paths separate.
Eight years later, when Rob returns home from SERE school and being a POW in the cold North Carolina woods, he wakes up one morning to discover that Cindy has contacted him on Myspace; he is very surprised, as he has been searching for Cindy for the past few years. The two reunite to spend Rob's month of leave together, both knowing at the end he will be leaving for the illustrious 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), the elite Battalion of Green Berets stationed in Germany for quick-reaction missions around the globe.
Rob's time in Germany is a whirlwind; his first trip to Iraq, in which he encounters three distinct situations which will haunt him for the rest of his life; HAVE-ACE, the Special Operations school which Rob attends with his team and finally becomes one of them; Africa, where Rob learns many valuable lessons about life, and Afghanistan, where Rob and his team are tested in many life-or-death situations, including Operation Payback where he and The Captain are wounded in a sustained firefight in the middle of a village, and his final trip to Iraq with 3rd Battallion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne).
The culmination of the story is the quintessential fairy-tale ending; Rob moves to California to spend the rest of his days, and the final chapter is the full military wedding, complete with his teammates as groomsman and sword bearers.
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"Love Me When I'm Gone" has a steady mixture of action, adventure, and romance. So I openly recommend it to basically anyone who's into military combat and who's interested in how a long distance relationship works out. The book is about named Rob who joins the Special Forces and goes through a numerous amount of life changing events. Not to mention leaving a girlfriend back home. High school was where he met his wife, Cindy. At first things didn't kick off so well. Cindy was with one of Robs friends at the time. Wanting to confess his love for her but didn't want to ruin their relationship. As graduation came Rob and Cindy left for college but stayed in touch. After college he left for basic training and Cindy moved to Los Angeles to pursue her acting and modeling career. Rob was being tested the entire time through training for the Special Forces Qualification Course to determine if he had what it takes to be a Green Beret. But, it was not till his very last part of the 2 year journey to prove that he had what it takes to become a Green Beret. After a few weeks he was assigned to the elite 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces group in Germany. When he got to Germany he met his team. There is where his life changed. From being into walking through harsh terrain to battling behind enemies lines.
Not an easy read with the proliferation of military acronymns thrown out. I appreciate the author's service and his straightforward writing style in thefianl chapters keeps the reader engaged. the earlier chapters seem to "drag" a bit but I am sre that they rflect th reality of wha the author was going through. What any combat veteran will share describes cobat servce as hours and days of boredom punctuated by periods of sheer adrenaline.