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The finest Ira War novel yet written by an American Wall Street Journal 10 Best Novels of the YearAn electrifying debut The Economist that maps the blurred lines between good and evil soldier and civilian victor and vanuishedLonglisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for ExcellenceIt is April 2003 American forces have taken Baghdad and are now charged with winning hearts and minds But this vital tipping point is barely recognized for w. Spoils is both fast paced and hard to put down This story covers eight weeks during the early stages of the war in Ira in 2003 It is written from three points of view but I mostly connected with young female American soldier Specialist Cassandra Wigheard and a Jihadist called Abu al HoolBe warned this is not a light read I don t use the word hate very often but I hate war and terrorism I used to love horror novels but they rarely scare me these days Terrorism however is very much my horror euivalent these days as it seems to get deep within me and plays on my fears It actually gives me nightmares So why did I choose to read this novel I hear you ask I just can t help searching for an answer to make sense of all this mindless violence and seemingly pointless bloodshed even if that is within the pages of a novel I wish it would all go away and peace could prevail but I fear it will just continue until the human race destroys itself This novel although hard hitting is very well written and doesn t sensationalise violence It feels unnervingly real truthful and terrifying The characters are well developed on both sides enabling you to see there isn t a clear line between good and bad right or wrong It feels like we re all losers in this I read this book with a heavy heart and feel rather emotionally drained and a little bit traumatised now that I ve finished itThis is a great book that I highly recommend I m not usually very good at recommending other similar books but as I read so few war books if you enjoyed this I can recommend Real Monsters by Liam Brown as I loved that book and it made it into my Top Ten Books read in 2015

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F conscience as he struggles against enemies from without and within including the next wave of far radicalized jihadists; and Specialist Sleed a tank crewman who goes along with a victimless crime the conseuences of which are awful than any he could have imaginedDepicting a war spinning rapidly out of control destined to become a modern classic Spoils is an unsparing and morally complex novel that chronicles the human cost of comba. Thank you to Netgalley Random house uk vintage and Brian Van Reet for the opportunity to read this book for an honest review I voluntarily reviewed an Advance reader copy of this book You can find my review on both Goodreads and On Goodreads from today under Karen Whittard and on under kewhittard from publication date I usually shy away from reading anything about war But this books bio really spoke to me and I just couldn t not read it The narrator if you like of this story is a former Army tank officer in Ira Van Reet Van Reet deliveres a moving and powerful book The book is told from the perspective of three different people two American soldiers and a mujahideen fighter But each of the people s stories are written carefully and truthfully and in a clear and delicate way There are lots of descriptions about how the tanks work and military life But there are also massive in depth and delicately told information about Islamic life Including lots of descriptions about the differences in the Muslim faith and other religions Van Reet has a very plain and manner of fact way of telling you about the details of war He doesn t beat around the bush and this is refreshing This is a very powerful and important book It tells you about the war and the effects it has on people It is clear on the matter of fact truth that war does not produce a winner and a loser But losers on each side A hard hitting emotional read that is an important eye opener A must read Happy reading everyone

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Hat it is as a series of miscalculations and blunders fuels an already simmering insurgency intent on making Ira the next graveyard of empiresIn dazzling and propulsive prose Brian Van Reet explores the lives on both sides of the battle lines Cassandra a nineteen year old gunner on an American Humvee who is captured during a deadly firefight and awakens in a prison cell; Abu al Hool a lifelong mujahedeen beset by a simmering crisis o. 45 Stars A GoodReads Win Highly Recommended I should begin by admitting this When I was much younger at the close of every prayer I asked for the strength to die unafraid Now often I pray to live righteously 24Brian Van Reet has written an exceptional literary novel about the hardships the violence and chaos and the disturbing realities of the Ira War SPOILS is a first rate debut for this author and war veteran from Houston Texas Acknowledged to the dead and to those of all nations whose lives have been diminished by war There comes a time for each of us when we realize the truth about the enemy Which is that he is not an idea or some faceless demon He is a man And every man is much like ourselves 190

  • Hardcover
  • 304
  • Spoils AUTHOR Brian Van Reet
  • Brian Van Reet
  • English
  • 23 March 2019
  • 9780316316163

About the Author: Brian Van Reet

Brian Van Reet is the author of Spoils named one of the best books of 2017 by the Guardian Military Times the Wall Street Journal and others A graduate of the Michener Center for Writers he has twice won the Texas Institute of Letters short story award He lives in Austin with his family



10 thoughts on “Spoils AUTHOR Brian Van Reet

  1. says:

    In 2003 as American forces have taken over Baghdad a group of American troops is captured and held prisoner by jihadists The book follows three people's perspectives Cassandra who is one of the troops that has been captured and is a POW Sleed who is a crewman and specialist taking advantage of the chaos in the wake of the war and Abu al hool one of the mujahideen struggling with the new wave of people joining their cause and his weakenin

  2. says:

    Spoils is both fast paced and hard to put down This story covers eight weeks during the early stages of the war in Ira in 2003 It is written from three points of view but I mostly connected with young female American soldier Specialist Cassandra Wigheard and a Jihadist called Abu al HoolBe warned this is not a light read I don’t use the wor

  3. says:

    It's 2003 and I'm in Ira watching while a young female American soldier is captured an only slightly older male American soldier is elsewhere learning the truth of war and a seasoned mujahedeen finds his brothers becoming much radic

  4. says:

    45 Stars ––– A GoodReads Win – Highly Recommended I should begin by admitting this When I was much younger at the c

  5. says:

    One thing abundantly clear is that Van Reet knows what he's talking about when he writes war he conveys the chaos the confusion and the visceral nature of combat with a raw and clear eyed intention We hear the noise we see the blood we smell the fear and the fireThat said there are signs of less than complete mastery over the cra

  6. says:

    A gripping literary novel about jihadism and US the invasion of Ira Don't expect an action packed war novel this is not that kind of book Rather it tells the tale of a female US gunner who is captured along with two of her colleagues

  7. says:

    Thank you to Netgalley Random house uk vintage and Brian Van Reet for the opportunity to read this book for an honest review I voluntarily reviewed an Advance reader copy of this book You can find my review on both Goodreads and On

  8. says:

    Spoils takes readers into the Ira war stripping away the facade of accepted views of the enemy and the justification of war to reveal the complicated reality Debut author Brian Van Reet knows his subject He left university to enlist in the U S Army after the September 11 attacks serving as a tank crewman in Ira and earning a Bronze Star for valor After his discharge Van Reet returned to his studies and to writing From the viewpoint of the

  9. says:

    More book reviews on wwwsnazzybookscom For me Spoils is a tricky book to write about There were parts of it I found deeply fascinating and which really hooked me in – mainly the parts where Cassandra is in captivity which were so disturbing but at the same time incredibly interesting to read about The general theme of army life and conditions in Afghanistan is also one I found I became absorbed inI wasn’t overly keen on the

  10. says:

    This one can be placed right beside ALL UIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT THE NAKED AND THE DEAD FROM HERE TO ETERNITY it is that powerful and importa

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