Youngblood

Youngblood Jarhead meets Redeployment in a suspenseful and smart fiction debut that has been called thrilling tragic and darkly funny by National Book Award winning author Phil Klay The US military is preparin

  • Title: Youngblood
  • Author: Matt Gallagher
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  • Page: 334
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  • Jarhead meets Redeployment in a suspenseful and smart fiction debut that has been called thrilling, tragic, and darkly funny by National Book Award winning author Phil Klay.The US military is preparing to withdraw from Iraq, and newly minted lieutenant Jack Porter struggles to accept how it s happening through alliances with warlords who have Arab and American blood on tJarhead meets Redeployment in a suspenseful and smart fiction debut that has been called thrilling, tragic, and darkly funny by National Book Award winning author Phil Klay.The US military is preparing to withdraw from Iraq, and newly minted lieutenant Jack Porter struggles to accept how it s happening through alliances with warlords who have Arab and American blood on their hands Day after day, Jack tries to assert his leadership in the sweltering, dreary atmosphere of Ashuriyah But his world is disrupted by the arrival of veteran Sergeant Daniel Chambers, whose aggressive style threatens to undermine the fragile peace that the troops have worked hard to establish.As Iraq plunges back into chaos and bloodshed and Chambers s influence over the men grows stronger, Jack becomes obsessed with a strange, tragic tale of reckless love between a lost American soldier and Rana, a local sheikh s daughter In search of the truth and buoyed by the knowledge that what he finds may implicate Sergeant Chambers, Jack seeks answers from the enigmatic Rana, and soon their fates become intertwined Determined to secure a better future for Rana and a legitimate and lasting peace for her country, Jack will defy American command, putting his own future in grave peril.Pulling listeners into the captivating immediacy of a conflict that can shift from drudgery to devastation at any moment, Youngblood provides startling new dimension to both the moral complexity of war and its psychological toll.

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    1. Onvan : Youngblood - Nevisande : Matt Gallagher - ISBN : 1501105744 - ISBN13 : 9781501105746 - Dar 342 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2016

    2. 4 stars(I tried to get this review up in time for Veteran's Day; didn't quite make it, but I guess it's the thought that counts: Thanks so much to all the men and women who've selflessly served our country.)I apologize to my friends who might bedone with my recent war novel spate. While I can assure you that I despise war, I'm fascinated by accounts of war from those who have served, trying to explain the unexplainable: what goes on in soldiers' heads as they serve their country. I've read six f [...]

    3. I really enjoy reading stories (fictional or not) told from the perspective of soldiers. I’ve read a bunch of them, so I have many to compare this one to. I have to say, Young Blood is one of the strongest books of its kind that I’ve read in a long while. The plot is engaging–even surprising at several points–and the characters are believable and well-developed. I found myself drawn to lieutenant Jack Porter immediately. I like that he isn’t all brawn and bravado. Porter is competent, [...]

    4. Matt Gallagher is a former U.S. Army captain and veteran of the Iraq War. He first gained attention for writing a military blog, Kaboom: A Soldier's War Journal, that became very popular before it was finally shut down by his commanding officers. This novel is his fiction debut and it’s non-clichéd, subtle, and very well written.As the novel opens, the main character, Jack Porter, is a newly promoted lieutenant in Ashuriyah, Iraq during the waning days of the Iraq war. The U.S. military is pr [...]

    5. Like all wars before it, the war in Iraq has spawned its own literature. In Vietnam the war produced the likes of Philip Caputo and Tim O’Brien. Today as our current conflict has morphed into the war against ISIS, writers like Matt Gallagher have come on the scene with novels like YOUNGBLOOD, which takes the reader inside a platoon in the town of Ashuriyah, outside of Baghdad, when the optimism spawned by the “surge” gave way to skepticism about the war, and as we know the rise of ISIS and [...]

    6. My thoughts:A raw gritty and skillfully written novel that captures the complex harsh realities of the counterinsurgency tactics employed in Iraq. The sharply drawn characters illustrate the fragile and ever-changing reality of allies, partners, and adversaries and just what is the truth at a moment. I was captivated by the life-and-death experiences that needed to be made on a moment’s notice – do you follow the textbook technique, rely on the more experienced soldiers in the unit, and/or j [...]

    7. “Young Blood” by Matt Gallagher, published by Atria Books.Category – Fiction/LiteratureJack Porter is a lieutenant serving in Iraq. He is serving during the American withdrawal from the country. He is fighting to assert himself to his platoon and finds that his attempts are being undermined by his sergeant. He is also in conflict with the war lords that he has to deal with, and to make matters worse he becomes involved with a sheik’s daughter. It seems that there was a love affair betwee [...]

    8. A dirty, gritty novel about the dirty, gritty war in Iraq, told by recently commissioned Lieutenant Jack Porter. Jack is trying so hard to be a leader, but it seems that veteran Sergeant Chambers thinks his own way is the best way. But this is more than a contest of wills. It's the story of men trying to do their jobs and trying to survive so they can go back home. It's the story of men who don't know whom to trust or which story is the truth or when the info is good or when it's bad. In a land [...]

    9. I gave this one hundred pages, but I didn't find it engaging. I was confused about the plot line and exactly what was happening. It sounds like it is a good story, but the threads just weren't weaving together to make a coherent story.

    10. I really got bogged down in the middle of this book. The narrative struck me as directionless and random - waiting - until the plot suddenly picked up in the last 75 pages of the novel. Was this intentional? Was it supposed to be symbolic of the pointless U.S. presence in Iraq after the war was "over"? If this effect was purposeful, then it was brilliant. The problem was that it didn't feel purposeful, it just felt like the book needed some heavy-handed editing. The writing was only "ok" for me [...]

    11. I am not the typical reader of "war books," and in fact was unsure about this one at first. But my husband is a bookseller and brought home Youngblood and said I needed to read it. I'm glad he did. This is a very fine novel, and for all the blood and violence in it, it is more about people, and what people will do during war in order to survive. It is about the American soldiers, the Iraqi people, the Iraqi terrorists, and about we Americans at home watching the war unfold from afar. It also hel [...]

    12. A book of love and war. Just phenomenal. And beautiful. "Youngblood" is going to win awards, as did "Redeployment" and "Yellow Birds," but this is bigger than those books in terms of story and scope and arguably better if those are things you enjoy in a book. The language is as strong but less "showoff-y" than those other two books. Less about the author's writing and more about the story.Ashuriyah is still with me, the story of LT Jack, the daughter of the sheik Rana, the story of the hard serg [...]

    13. I've never served but one thing that often comes to mind, it's not easy to lead a group. What about leading one in a life and death situation?I really enjoyed this book because Jack Porter has just made lieutenant. He knows his men. But the squad has just taken in new people. He's also been assigned a career soldier. He has to make it all work despite the power struggles from the career guy, and resistance by the new guys in becoming part of the unit in spirit. He knows a lot but he also knows e [...]

    14. ~This book was won from a Giveaway~I know 100% that this book was a case of, "It's not you, It's me."Objectively speaking, the characters are interesting, the writing is good and fast-paced and I assume engaging, there's a mystery plot that would probably be interesting and completely immersive to others, but I just didn't care about the setting or the plot or anything that was going on. I could recognize that this book wasn't bad, but personally, I didn't enjoy it one bit. There's a reason I r [...]

    15. An Iraq war novel, set in Iraq, that I really liked. Which hasn't happened since Yellow Birds. I like war novels, World War II is my favorite historical fiction period. But this war, I somehow haven't felt anything for the novels about it. To be fair, I'm reluctant to even pick them up.But Youngblood, while not fun, is fairly quick. It has a clear objective to begin with, a great narrator who is young and cocky and vulnerable and unsure, an epic romance that doesn't involve said narrator even th [...]

    16. Make room on that list of amazing fiction about the Iraq War for Youngblood, a complex story of love, war, and morality. As the U.S. prepares to withdraw from Iraq, a lieutenant struggles with its implications and must also contend with the arrival of a sergeant whose aggressive nature threatens to undermine the lieutenant's attempts to keep the peace. As fighting breaks out, Jack becomes obsessed with the tragic love story between an American soldier and a local girl. This is first-rate storyte [...]

    17. Thanks to Netgalley for an advanced reader copy in exchange for an objective review.Excellent novel about what it was like in Iraq after the surge. Loved Lt Jack, very likable but realistic protagonist. There is tons of plot to dig into, plenty of depth as far as scenery and place to feel like you're actually there and enough semi-political commentary to get an idea of the author's own views without being hammered over the head. Great read.

    18. I won this book in a Giveaway, and I was very pleased with it. It is fast paced, equal parts funny and dark, suspenseful, and most of all, complicated. Lt. Jack is a well developed character and overall the novel is pretty solid. It was an interesting read and I highly recommend it.

    19. Please check out all of my reviews at ultraviolentlit!Jack Porter is a young lieutenant in the U.S. Military, stationed in Ashuriyah, Iraq. In his early twenties, Jack does his best to assert his leadership over his troops and make good decisions, all while wondering what they are really accomplishing, if anything. Despite their best efforts, the area is still in turmoil, and it is run for the most part by the Iraqi leaders of local tribes. Violence is a daily possibility, while at the same time [...]

    20. "Youngblood" which I won through /First Reads is a thrilling and mesmerizing new novel by Matt Gallagher that's set in the small town of Ashuriyah, Iraq where the US army is preparing for their withdrawal. Well-written and gripping, threads of the story follow the hostile relationship between Lieutenant Jack Porter and the unpredictable veteran Sergeant Daniel Chambers; the murder of "Shaba" an officer who wanted to help rebuild Iraq after the Collapse; and the upsurge of rage that brings any pe [...]

    21. Not the conventional bildungsroman war story, this one reminded me of The Names of the Dead for being, in part, a mystery and of The Things They Carried for its acknowledgment of the contradictions in telling a "true" war story.

    22. This is a fine book of place, if not plot which this novel is rather light on. Matt Gallagher effortlessly (which of course likely means he took great effort) pulls us into an Army unit in Iraq and gives us a taste of what modern warfare is like for members of an occupying force. It isn't a tale of heroism so much as of following orders and doing what it takes to make it from one day to the next, hopefully without abandoning too much of one's conscience along the way. There is a bit of detective [...]

    23. I was sent an advance uncorrected proof for review from the publisher. I was excited to receive this book for review as it is compared to Jarhead and I loved that book. Unfortunately there is little if no comparison. A book about a new US military lieutenant Jack Porter and a veteran sergeant Daniel Chambers preparing to withdraw from Iraq drags and jumps around to the point that it took till over half way to find any semblance of a story and it wasn't a good one or a believable one. I have read [...]

    24. A story about a man at war written by a man whose been. Definitely captures the feelings of war time Iraq and the struggles felt by this generation of GIs. Enjoyed this book and will recommend it to others. Chiu's Charge in Chapter 19 was probably my favorite part of the book. Some other great lines are below: "A generation of angry young men who knew nothing but strife, they all wanted establishment blood on their hands, like their dead fathers and missing brothers." - p. 107 "He went to West P [...]

    25. A well-written book from a perspective not often heard. As I read this, I realized I don't read many male protagonists, and rarely read current war fiction. I wished some of the loose ends had been tied up and occasionally felt like the story dragged a bit in between major events. I would like to read more from this author as I think he has a lot to offer the literary world, and in writing, gets the reader thinking about the everyday folks fighting wars still continued but easily forgotten about [...]

    26. Received as an ARC from the publisher. Started 11-30-15. Finished 12-6-15.Excellent story of an infantry unit in Iraq; the difficulties of being a junior officer; and the officer's quest to solve a mystery about the killing of civilians by another officer years earlier. Descriptions are so vivid that you can almost smell the sand, the heat, the explosives, and the general stench of a war zone. The unclear and constantly changing military plans frustrated me as a reader; I can imagine what it mus [...]

    27. Iraq overload in fictionsandstorms and tribal frictiondesert days, sun and sunto read about it - boring, donesend in the U.S. Calvary, another yearthe mission, endgame is light years far, not near.How, exactly-exactly, is the reader to shed one tearabout men/women who VOLUNTEER, to lose an eye, leg or ear?Free will is all, teach it to the young, in the before future.A Chris Roberts Review

    28. 4.5 stars! Really well-drawn characters, men and women alike. Mining the end of the Iraq war for a noir-type mystery was a brilliant stroke and Gallagher pulls it off with aplomb.

    29. Young Blood won't make you feel good. But it is well worth the read. It is the kind of book that leaves you thinking about it after it is over.

    30. I found that the novel Youngblood was only really unique in that it took place in Iraq. Otherwise, the story has been told before. A young soldier, who is a junior officer, is faced with a tough decision, a moral decision, while his girl back home is potentially dropping out of his life. A veteran subordinate officer comes into his company and usurps his leadership and the protagonist is between a rock and a hard place as to how to win back the role of leader among his men. All of this has been [...]

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