Prayer at Rumayla: A Novel of the Gulf War

Prayer at Rumayla: A Novel of the Gulf War

by Charles Sheehan-Miles

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BN ID: 2940011435867
Publisher: Cincinnatus Press
Publication date: 02/10/2011
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 226 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Charles Sheehan-Miles is the author of Republic and Prayer at Rumayla: A Novel of the Gulf War. He is currently writing Insurgent, the sequel to Republic.

Charles served in combat with the 24th Infantry Division during the 1991 Gulf War, and was decorated for valor for helping rescue fellow tank crewmen from a burning tank during the Battle at Rumayla. Since then, he has been a regular speaker on issues relating to the Gulf War, ill veterans and the impact of post-traumatic stress.

He is a former President and co-founder of the National Gulf War Resource Center and has served on the board of the Education for Peace in Iraq Center. Prior to becoming executive director of Veterans for Common Sense in August 2004, he was director of the Nuclear Policy Research Institute in Washington, DC. He continues to serve on the board of directions of Veterans for Common Sense.

Charles lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife Veronica and their two children.

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Prayer at Rumayla 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are a Gulf War veteran, the impact of Prayer at Rumayla will be the shock of recognition. If you've never been to war, this book will help you begin to understand what war does to a person, and how difficult our Army, and our society make it for our young warriors to survive peace time. This is an important book, stunningly real, by one of the men who has been there.
Guest More than 1 year ago
KUDOS to Charles Sheehan-Miles on a wonderful piece of work. Prayer At Rumayla was a trip I didn't expect to take, but was real glad I did. The journey was fast paced, with real-life scenarios that will undoubtedly make readers think quite differently about Operation Desert Storm, and the war's brutal after-effects! The varying problems that the author brought to light will serve as a great example for those who dare to leap into the mind and heart of a suffering veteran. As a Gulf War Vet---- I thank Charles for writing such a powerful work. CONGRATULATIONS!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It isn't pretty, but it gives me what seems like a realistic view of what being in a war can do to men. It is a great story, showing the inner struggles of a man dealing with the difficulties of fighting in the Gulf war and returning home. nitty gritty stuff that I have never heard talked about before relating to war and what it is like. The book flows very easily, I looked forward to reading it every evening, and I couldn't wait to see how it would end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Prayer at Rumayla is the first spell binding book I have read in a long time! It kept me totally intrigued from cover to cover. If you have ever been in the military and especially in the Army, you will find this book very enlightening. The author tells it like it is, and spares no details. I look forward to any more books that Charles Sheehan-Miles may write.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a stunning and totally unpredictable book written in a style that keeps a reader engrossed from the start, with a shocking ending. I began reading it, and shortly found I was 180 pages into the story. The book is actually two very good stories in one, brilliantly written by the author to immediately wrench and hold your attention. A story of what happens when young soldiers are committed to battle, the inseparable bonding between all sharing the experience, how it differently affects those involved, and sometimes the aftermath. This partly fiction, partly non-fiction book tells what happened on the ground in Iraq from a tankers perspective, with all the antiseptic pushbutton video impressions of the Gulf War peeled away to reveal the brutality of warfare. I truly like a writing style in which the author provides enough detail to put oneself in the position of the main character, yet not so much as to become boring. I also thoroughly enjoyed how the character's thought process worked....going from one thought to the next that is so totally unexpected....and many times in a humorous direction. I highly recommend this very good book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written, being inside a sodier' s head is very disturbing but over all an amazing story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unadulterated, raw reality. Pay close attention because THIS is what our country does to our soldiers on a daily basis. I really hope someone learns from this. This is what we drive our soldiers to. And it is SO wrong. They deserve better though they will never ask for it. They shouldn't have to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good read, though some parts about the war and tank operations were too detailed and boring, disrupting the flow of the story. The book addresses PTSD in a raw, honest manner like no other book I read before. It is filled with sadness, yet it is an important reminder of the profound loss of self that soldiers experience upon return. Just for that, it is worth reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The intense flow of this book is amazing. The author's ability to keep the storyline moving in such a manner that one will not want to put this book down. Being a fellow Desert storm Vet., I was able to put myself on the battelfield with Chet Brown, as well as come back stateside with him. An excellent read for anyone that wants to get a true feeling of what a combat soldier experiences not only during war, but more importantly, after the war, and for the rest of his/her life. I highly recommend this book, and anxiously await more writtings from Charles Sheehan-Miles.
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Great book
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This has given me a better understanding of what our soldiers go through. Not just at war but also servimg in the military.
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Amanda69 More than 1 year ago
It was okay not something I would read again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm biased, since I served in the same unit as the author for Desert Storm. Despite a ragged writing style, the story was compelling as was the main character. Recommended reading for fans of military "fiction".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This what i would imagine war would be like - the question is how do you intergrate back into normal life? I didn't like the end - terribly sad.