Silent Heroes: When Love and Values are Worth Fighting For by Patricia Furstenberg
Format: eBook (Review copy)
Source: Sent to me by the author
Publisher: Self Published
Genres: Fiction, Action, War
Publication Date: 9th July 2019
“Silent Heroes is a highly emotional read, action-packed, a vivid story of enormous sacrifice and bravery.When Talibans descends in the village of Nauzad and discover girls can read, a woman accepts the blame and is killed on the spot for breaking the Islam law. Her teenage daughter witnesses the sacrifice and swears revenge, her life and that of her brother becoming intertwined with those of the US Marines serving at FOB Day nearby.But the Taliban is infiltrated everywhere and friends or foes are hard to differentiate. The U.S. Marines fight with bravery to protect the civilians of Nauzad and to fend off the Taliban at Qala-e-Bost, thus protecting Bost Airport, a vital strategic point for the allies. Faced with questions about the necessity of the war, with the trauma of losing their platoon-mates and the emotional scars of battle, the US Marines race against time in one last battle of eradicating the Taliban before it is too late. The War in Afghanistan is a contemporary, vitally important conflict whose meaning needs to be understood by the public worldwide. ‘Silent Heroes’ is a narrative about the value of life and the necessity of combat; the terror of dying; the ordeal of seeing your loved ones and your platoon-mates killed in front of your eyes; the trauma of taking a human life.From the storyteller of the Bestseller “Joyful Trouble” comes a riveting, fictional account inspired by the War in Afghanistan, a battle that spanned centuries and has affected the lives of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians.”
My Thoughts & Review
Firstly, a really big thank you to Patricia for getting in touch and asking me to read and review this book. It was a very interesting and great read even though it’s a book based on a hard subject of war.
In this book we follow soldier’s that are serving in Afghanistan with their loyal dogs, who are vital in sniffing out IED’s (buried land mines). I didn’t actually realise how important dogs are in war zone countries. This book has really got me interested in finding out more about their importance in war.
While reading this book I found out some really interesting things about our canine friends. For instance,I never knew that dogs can suffer from a form of PTSD. I also learnt that service dogs are given a higher ranking than their human handlers. This really shows how much they are valued and how important they are.
Although this book is fictional it felt so real. Patricia has done a wonderful job. It’s full of great descriptions. As many of you know I’m not one to get emotionally attached to books but this one definitely had my emotions all over the place. It didn’t quite have me in tears but was very close. Any book that can do that is worth a bonus heart in my rating.
This review doesn’t do this book any justice, BUT it’s such a great read that I really can’t express how much I enjoyed it. If your looking for a fast paced read I really can’t recommend this book highly enough. It’s a definite must read.
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