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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. 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 American characters we learn of the hardships and boredom of war the crazy randomness of violence and the gap between the reason and the reality of war The Irai characters shed light on the history of the conflict and the changing nature of jihad under extremists and after America invaded IraCassandra Wigheard is a nineteen year old American soldier serving as a tank gunner She is aware of the gap between the political hype about Operation Irai Freedom and the reality that the army s purpose is to kill and destroy She joined the army to be different to escape a hard life for one she hoped would be harder She is appalled by the rape of another female soldier and at her fellow soldiers callousnessAbu Al Hool is a dedicated mujaheddin who sees radicalized jihadists taking over He left his privileged life to join something bigger to shape the world Now with the murder of women and children and the rise of Osama he uestions his place in the jihad Dr Walid a leader whose motto was Jihad and the rifle alone is taking over powerSargent Sleed joined the army to find a higher purpose but instead makes bad decisions causing the deaths of Irai civilians which he covers upCassandra is captured by the group led by Dr Walid and Abu Al Hool leading Al Hool to make a fatal choiceThere is no sensationalizing of war no graphic details of violence My reaction was intellectual than visceral But that makes me happy I can t read graphic violence I always had an idea of what the Americans would be like But they are different than I thought They re just people That was one of my favorite uotes in the bookThe publisher writesDepicting a war spinning rapidly out of control destined to become a modern classic Spoils is an unsparing and morally complex novel that chronicles the achingly human cost of combat That about sums it up for meI received a free ebook from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and unbiased review

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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. 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 a male US tank crewman who is part of the effort to find and rescue them and a veteran mujahid from the Afghan Soviet war who is battling personal doubts about the direction and methods of the jihadi movement Gritty and realistic the story is told from three separate viewpoints until eventually their fates and actions intertwine

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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. 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 weakening power The book is well written and it does a good job of portraying the complex factors taking place during the whole invasion The author even manages to make the jihadists sympathetic and shows their own perspective and motivations I m not sure why I didn t enjoy the book though I think the constant switching in POV certainly didn t help All the parts with Sleed were boring to me and he didn t uite fit into the story line as well with everything that was going on I would have much rather read the whole book through Cassandra s POV I think also its been uite a while since all the events of the book not long enough where it s interesting to think about but long enough that a lot of the things brought up in the book are pretty well known at this point The timing just makes the book less interesting at least to me because all the things discussed are things I ve already seen talked about a lot and I m not far enough away from it yet to want to rehash everything I found the book to be okay I just couldn t get into it for some reason but others seem to have enjoyed it a lot than I did

  • Hardcover
  • 304
  • Spoils by Brian Van Reet
  • Brian Van Reet
  • English
  • 15 December 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 by 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

  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 fro

  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 m

  4. says:

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

  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 craft of novel writing for one there are too many switches in points of view two 1st p

  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 Goodreads from today under Karen Whittard and on under kewhittard from publication date I usually shy

  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

  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 important a novel of war and the effects Van Reet gives you stories from both sides of Baghdad in 2003 the three main characters are all wonderfully crafted as is the entire novel SPOILS hits hard and is sure to be high on BEST OF 2017 lists

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