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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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Spoils AUTHOR Brian Van Reet

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 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 way the novel was structured I found the switches in narrator a little confusing I usually really enjoy books that swap around a lot but in Spoils I found it a bit off putting at times I think I really just wanted to read about Cassandra s capture as that s what really hooked me in from the synopsis Unfortunately it takes a long time in the storyline before that actually happens and I found myself feeling a bit impatient as I wanted the narrative to get to that point despite knowing it would be disturbing tricky at times to read I understand that the section before that point is laying out the run up to these events and really setting the scene but I found that I much preferred reading the scenes about Cassandra s captivity and how Abu al Hool s brotherhood treated her as it was just so intriguing and different to read about I felt Cassandra s captivity as if I was experiencing it myself and this is a testament to Brian Van Reet s writing and knowledge on the subject very impressiveI would recommend this novel and feel it is an important novel to read especially with everything going on in the world today and it s certainly something different as well as being a powerful readRating 35 bumped to 4Many thanks to the publisher Vintage Random House UK for providing a copy of this novel on which I chose to write an honest and unbiased review

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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


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

  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

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    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 radicalisedOh hang on no I'm not there It is a book It didn't really happen It is a book It is a book It didn't really happen Did itI'm not the usual war story reader and even less so mod

  4. says:

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

  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 ma

  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 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 m

  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

  8. says:

    Spoils takes readers into the Ira war stripping away the facade of accepted views of the enemy and the justification of w

  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

  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