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Revue de presse

"A hard-eyed depiction of modern warfare leavened slightly by its Western spirit, Gwyn's novel is rich in equestrian and military detail...it'd take wild horses to pull you away. B+" --Entertainment Weekly

"The book’s pacing is cinematic, and it echoes adrenalized silver-screen war stories like Three Kings and The Hurt Locker, as well as the gentler cross-species concerns of The Horse Whisperer. -- John Williams, The New York Times

"A work of narrative alchemy, Aaron Gwyn’s ambitious second novel, “Wynne’s War,” is a prose smelter brimming with horses, soldiers, heroism, villainy, horrific violence and unexpected tenderness…The real wonder of this novel, though, is that it’s also a page-turning romp… There’s entertainment aplenty and characters whose lives are real enough to have been lived. If you find tear stains on your shoulders when you turn the last page, they are likely yours, shed out of the sadness that only comes when you wish there were pages left to turn." – Houston Chronicle

"Gwyn’s (Dog on the Cross) story is a gripping tale of men at war in the desolate snow-capped mountains of eastern Afghanistan, and captures the essence of close combat—the terror, excitement, chaos, tension, and cruelty, as well as the harsh decisions men make under stress...its gritty realism is part of the strength." — Publishers Weekly, starred review

"The book pulsates with a verisimilitude that places readers in the war-torn mountains of Afghanistan...Many folks have wondered when American authors would begin producing memorable fiction about the Iraq-Afghanistan wars; with this well-researched, heart-pounding novel, Gwyn stakes his claim." - Library Journal

"Gwyn’s combat scenes are realistic, meticulous, and passionate…" — Booklist

"This novel feels like Cormac McCarthy meets Tim O’Brien. I could not stop reading it." — Philipp Meyer, author of The Son

“Wynne's War is a deep and beautifully written story of men, war, and madness, told by a young American master. A page-turner of poetic and savage grace, of our time but transcending it, this novel takes its rightful place among the great American literature of war.” — Nic Pizzolatto, author of Galveston, creator of HBO's True Detective

"I haven’t had this much fun as a reader in a long time. Wynne's War is a great adventure story, impeccably researched, masterfully plotted, with chapters that blur by like a hail of bullets." — Benjamin Percy, author of Red Moon

"Wynne’s War combines two of America’s great literary genres, the Western and the war story, brilliantly.  This taut, elegant, beautiful novel takes us straight to the tension at the heart of combat decision-making:  mission or men." — Nathaniel Fick, author of One Bullet Away

“Propellant storytelling in the tradition of McCarthy and Conrad. A gripping morality tale told with bristling exactitude.” – Paul Lynch, author of Red Sky in Morning

"A hard-eyed depiction of modern warfare leavened slightly by its Western spirit, Gwyn's novel is rich in equestrian and military detail...the pace is breakneck and it'd take wild horses to pull you away. B+" --Entertainment Weekly

"Gwyn’s (Dog on the Cross) story is a gripping tale of men at war in the desolate snow-capped mountains of eastern Afghanistan, and captures the essence of close combat—the terror, excitement, chaos, tension, and cruelty, as well as the harsh decisions men make under stress...its gritty realism is part of the strength." — Publishers Weekly, starred review

"The book pulsates with a verisimilitude that places readers in the war-torn mountains of Afghanistan...Many folks have wondered when American authors would begin producing memorable fiction about the Iraq-Afghanistan wars; with this well-researched, heart-pounding novel, Gwyn stakes his claim." - Library Journal

"Gwyn’s combat scenes are realistic, meticulous, and passionate…" — Booklist

"This novel feels like Cormac McCarthy meets Tim O’Brien. I could not stop reading it." — Philipp Meyer, author of The Son

“Wynne's War is a deep and beautifully written story of men, war, and madness, told by a young American master. A page-turner of poetic and savage grace, of our time but transcending it, this novel takes its rightful place among the great American literature of war.” — Nic Pizzolatto, author of Galveston, creator of HBO's True Detective

"I haven’t had this much fun as a reader in a long time. Wynne's War is a great adventure story, impeccably researched, masterfully plotted, with chapters that blur by like a hail of bullets." — Benjamin Percy, author of Red Moon

"Wynne’s War combines two of America’s great literary genres, the Western and the war story, brilliantly.  This taut, elegant, beautiful novel takes us straight to the tension at the heart of combat decision-making:  mission or men." — Nathaniel Fick, author of One Bullet Away

“Propellant storytelling in the tradition of McCarthy and Conrad. A gripping morality tale told with bristling exactitude.” – Paul Lynch, author of Red Sky in Morning

Praise for Gwyn's previous works:

"In Gwyn's expert hands, nothing, including good or evil, is ever so simple, and that's what makes [Dog on the Cross] so brilliantly compelling. Part Flannery O'Connor, part Shirley Jackson, wholly original." — Caroline Leavitt, Boston Globe
"Gwyn writes in a taut, authoritative style. The stories [in Dog on the Cross] are powerful documentations of altered lives." — Dallas Morning News
"Gwyn's story — about a drug deal gone bad — is surprising and exciting and violent and taps into one of the parts of life that many men dread: f***ing up in an irreparable way." — Esquire editor-in-chief David Grainger, on Gwyn's story "You and Me and the Devil Makes Three"
"Gwyn's debut novel is a chilling literary thriller in the vein of Cormac McCarthy and Denis Johnson . . . [Gwyn] succeeds in showing us the darkness lurking just beneath the surface in our messy, complicated lives." — BOMB Magazine

"I haven’t had this much fun as a reader in a long time. Wynne's War is a great adventure story, impeccably researched, masterfully plotted, with chapters that blur by like a hail of bullets." — Benjamin Percy, author of Red Moon

 

"Wynne’s War combines two of America’s great literary genres, the Western and the war story, brilliantly.  This taut, elegant, beautiful novel takes us straight to the tension at the heart of combat decision-making:  mission or men." — Nathaniel Fick, author of One Bullet Away

 

"Gwyn’s (Dog on the Cross) story is a gripping tale of men at war in the desolate snow-capped mountains of eastern Afghanistan, and captures the essence of close combat—the terror, excitement, chaos, tension, and cruelty, as well as the harsh decisions men make under stress...its gritty realism is part of the strength." — Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Gwyn’s (Dog on the Cross) story is a gripping tale of men at war in the desolate snow-capped mountains of eastern Afghanistan, and captures the essence of close combat—the terror, excitement, chaos, tension, and cruelty, as well as the harsh decisions men make under stress...its gritty realism is part of the strength." — Publishers Weekly, starred review

"The book pulsates with a verisimilitude that places readers in the war-torn mountains of Afghanistan...Many folks have wondered when American authors would begin producing memorable fiction about the Iraq-Afghanistan wars; with this well-researched, heart-pounding novel, Gwyn stakes his claim." - Library Journal

"I haven’t had this much fun as a reader in a long time. Wynne's War is a great adventure story, impeccably researched, masterfully plotted, with chapters that blur by like a hail of bullets." — Benjamin Percy, author of Red Moon

"Wynne’s War combines two of America’s great literary genres, the Western and the war story, brilliantly.  This taut, elegant, beautiful novel takes us straight to the tension at the heart of combat decision-making:  mission or men." — Nathaniel Fick, author of One Bullet Away

"This novel feels like Cormac McCarthy meets Tim O’Brien. I could not stop reading it." — Philipp Meyer, author of The Son

"Gwyn’s (Dog on the Cross) story is a gripping tale of men at war in the desolate snow-capped mountains of eastern Afghanistan, and captures the essence of close combat—the terror, excitement, chaos, tension, and cruelty, as well as the harsh decisions men make under stress...its gritty realism is part of the strength." — Publishers Weekly, starred review

"The book pulsates with a verisimilitude that places readers in the war-torn mountains of Afghanistan...Many folks have wondered when American authors would begin producing memorable fiction about the Iraq-Afghanistan wars; with this well-researched, heart-pounding novel, Gwyn stakes his claim." - Library Journal

"I haven’t had this much fun as a reader in a long time. Wynne's War is a great adventure story, impeccably researched, masterfully plotted, with chapters that blur by like a hail of bullets." — Benjamin Percy, author of Red Moon

"Wynne’s War combines two of America’s great literary genres, the Western and the war story, brilliantly.  This taut, elegant, beautiful novel takes us straight to the tension at the heart of combat decision-making:  mission or men." — Nathaniel Fick, author of One Bullet Away

"This novel feels like Cormac McCarthy meets Tim O’Brien. I could not stop reading it." — Philipp Meyer, author of The Son

Wynne's War is a deep and beautifully written story of men, war, and madness, told by a young American master. A page-turner of poetic and savage grace, of our time but transcending it, this novel takes its rightful place among the great American literature of war.” — Nic Pizzolatto, author of Galveston, creator of HBO's True Detective

“Propellant storytelling in the tradition of McCarthy and Conrad. A gripping morality tale told with bristling exactitude.” – Paul Lynch, author of Red Sky in Morning

"A hard-eyed depiction of modern warfare leavened slightly by its Western spirit, Gwyn's novel is rich in equestrian and military detail...it'd take wild horses to pull you away. B+" --Entertainment Weekly

"The book’s pacing is cinematic, and it echoes adrenalized silver-screen war stories like Three Kings and The Hurt Locker, as well as the gentler cross-species concerns of The Horse Whisperer." -- John Williams, The New York Times

"Gwyn depicts the eventful mission with tight dramatic control and a flair for suspenseful twists. His cleverest touch is to transplant the vintage conventions of the Western into his battle pieces...'Wynne's War' evokes John Ford’s 'The Searchers,' and the same ambiguities that surround John Wayne’s ruthlessly single-minded Ethan Edwards come to define Wynne." --The Wall Street Journal

"A straightforward, tautly written soldier’s tale where military goal, leadership, character, battlefield friendship and the degree of acceptable human sacrifice are the main concerns.”  --The Chicago Tribune's Printers Row Journal

"A work of narrative alchemy, Aaron Gwyn’s ambitious second novel, “Wynne’s War,” is a prose smelter brimming with horses, soldiers, heroism, villainy, horrific violence and unexpected tenderness…The real wonder of this novel, though, is that it’s also a page-turning romp… There’s entertainment aplenty and characters whose lives are real enough to have been lived. If you find tear stains on your shoulders when you turn the last page, they are likely yours, shed out of the sadness that only comes when you wish there were pages left to turn." – Houston Chronicle

"Gwyn’s (Dog on the Cross) story is a gripping tale of men at war in the desolate snow-capped mountains of eastern Afghanistan, and captures the essence of close combat—the terror, excitement, chaos, tension, and cruelty, as well as the harsh decisions men make under stress...its gritty realism is part of the strength." — Publishers Weekly, starred review

"The book pulsates with a verisimilitude that places readers in the war-torn mountains of Afghanistan...Many folks have wondered when American authors would begin producing memorable fiction about the Iraq-Afghanistan wars; with this well-researched, heart-pounding novel, Gwyn stakes his claim." - Library Journal

"Gwyn’s combat scenes are realistic, meticulous, and passionate…" — Booklist

"This novel feels like Cormac McCarthy meets Tim O’Brien. I could not stop reading it." — Philipp Meyer, author of The Son

“Wynne's War is a deep and beautifully written story of men, war, and madness, told by a young American master. A page-turner of poetic and savage grace, of our time but transcending it, this novel takes its rightful place among the great American literature of war.” — Nic Pizzolatto, author of Galveston, creator of HBO's True Detective

"I haven’t had this much fun as a reader in a long time. Wynne's War is a great adventure story, impeccably researched, masterfully plotted, with chapters that blur by like a hail of bullets." — Benjamin Percy, author of Red Moon

"Wynne’s War combines two of America’s great literary genres, the Western and the war story, brilliantly.  This taut, elegant, beautiful novel takes us straight to the tension at the heart of combat decision-making:  mission or men." — Nathaniel Fick, author of One Bullet Away

“Propellant storytelling in the tradition of McCarthy and Conrad. A gripping morality tale told with bristling exactitude.” – Paul Lynch, author of Red Sky in Morning

"A hard-eyed depiction of modern warfare leavened slightly by its Western spirit, Gwyn's novel is rich in equestrian and military detail...it'd take wild horses to pull you away. B+" --Entertainment Weekly

"The book’s pacing is cinematic, and it echoes adrenalized silver-screen war stories like Three Kings and The Hurt Locker, as well as the gentler cross-species concerns of The Horse Whisperer." -- John Williams, The New York Times

"A straightforward, tautly written soldier’s tale where military goal, leadership, character, battlefield friendship and the degree of acceptable human sacrifice are the main concerns.”  --The Chicago Tribune's Printers Row Journal

"A work of narrative alchemy, Aaron Gwyn’s ambitious second novel, “Wynne’s War,” is a prose smelter brimming with horses, soldiers, heroism, villainy, horrific violence and unexpected tenderness…The real wonder of this novel, though, is that it’s also a page-turning romp… There’s entertainment aplenty and characters whose lives are real enough to have been lived. If you find tear stains on your shoulders when you turn the last page, they are likely yours, shed out of the sadness that only comes when you wish there were pages left to turn." – Houston Chronicle

"Gwyn’s (Dog on the Cross) story is a gripping tale of men at war in the desolate snow-capped mountains of eastern Afghanistan, and captures the essence of close combat—the terror, excitement, chaos, tension, and cruelty, as well as the harsh decisions men make under stress...its gritty realism is part of the strength." — Publishers Weekly, starred review

"The book pulsates with a verisimilitude that places readers in the war-torn mountains of Afghanistan...Many folks have wondered when American authors would begin producing memorable fiction about the Iraq-Afghanistan wars; with this well-researched, heart-pounding novel, Gwyn stakes his claim." - Library Journal

"Gwyn’s combat scenes are realistic, meticulous, and passionate…" — Booklist

"This novel feels like Cormac McCarthy meets Tim O’Brien. I could not stop reading it." — Philipp Meyer, author of The Son

“Wynne's War is a deep and beautifully written story of men, war, and madness, told by a young American master. A page-turner of poetic and savage grace, of our time but transcending it, this novel takes its rightful place among the great American literature of war.” — Nic Pizzolatto, author of Galveston, creator of HBO's True Detective

"I haven’t had this much fun as a reader in a long time. Wynne's War is a great adventure story, impeccably researched, masterfully plotted, with chapters that blur by like a hail of bullets." — Benjamin Percy, author of Red Moon

"Wynne’s War combines two of America’s great literary genres, the Western and the war story, brilliantly.  This taut, elegant, beautiful novel takes us straight to the tension at the heart of combat decision-making:  mission or men." — Nathaniel Fick, author of One Bullet Away

“Propellant storytelling in the tradition of McCarthy and Conrad. A gripping morality tale told with bristling exactitude.” – Paul Lynch, author of Red Sky in Morning

Présentation de l'éditeur

“The book’s pacing is cinematic . . . adrenalized.” — New York Times

“Rich in equestrian and military detail . . . It’d take wild horses to pull you away.” — Entertainment Weekly


When Corporal Elijah Russell’s superb horsemanship is revealed during a firefight in northern Iraq, the young army Ranger is assigned to an elite Special Forces unit preparing to stage a secret mission in eastern Afghanistan. Russell’s task is to train the Green Berets — fiercely loyal to their enigmatic commander, Captain Wynne — to ride the horses they will use to execute this mission through treacherous mountain terrain. But as the team presses farther into enemy territory, the nature of the operation only becomes more mysterious and Wynne’s charismatic power takes on a darker cast. Ultimately, Russell finds himself forced to make a choice: on one side, his best friend and his most deeply held beliefs; on the other, a commanding officer driven by a messianic zeal for his mission. This taut, action-packed novel fuses the Western and the war story into a compellingly original tale.

“This novel feels like Cormac McCarthy meets Tim O’Brien. I could not stop reading it.” — Philipp Meyer, author of The Son

[author photo] © Mark Fortenberry

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 261 pages
  • Editeur : Mariner Books; Édition : Reprint (20 mai 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00FJ5EQ06
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 All the Pretty Horses enter the Heart of Darkness 6 avril 2014
Par Bill Sanders - Publié sur Amazon.com
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When I ordered this book from Amazon, I just wanted a mindless read--sort of a Jack Reacher goes to Afghanistan. At the same time I wanted to avoid the even more mindless macho ballyhoo of the right or ain't-it-awful malaise of the left. Just a no frills adventure in this seemingly endless war.

The pace of the narrative immediately reminded me of Cormac McCarthy's "All the Pretty Horses," whom the author, Aaron Gwyn, quotes at the book's outset. Gwyn, an English professor at University of North Carolina, Charlotte, puts the lie to the oft-quoted remark from a character in one of George Bernard Shaw's novels "Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach." Gwyn teaches fiction, and this novel provides the best of all worlds--a fiction professor, doing.

Fear not, though, I got the adventure I wanted in "Wynne's War," and there wasn't any gum-on-my-shoe politics. Gwyn doesn't run a writing seminar on the reader either; he writes a very well-written, fast-paced adventure. However, he does so through the eyes of an Oklahoma farm boy's steady slow and patient gait. The irony is that the book's pace still pulled me along like running along side a car with my arm caught in the door. I'm not sure how Gwyn did that, but he did.

The story centers around two central characters; Corporal Elijah Russell and Captain Wynne. Russell (as he's referenced throughout the book) knows horses, and when Captain Wynne decides to sneak into Taliban territory to free POWs he sees his best shot is by horseback--quieter and more path-worthy than ATVs. Russell is picked to accompany Wynne's special force team into the mountainous border lands between Afghanistan and Pakistan because of his horse talents. With a horse whisperer's connection to the mode of transportation, Russell and Wynne's' special forces team sets off from a forward fire base in southern Afghanistan to free the POWs.

The mystery of the operation centers around both the location and existence of the POWs. A mostly-crazed special forces survivor had recently been found, and he told of the POWs being held by the Taliban. Right away, this is starting to sound like Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness." Was Russell a new Marlow and Wynne, the gone-native Kurtz? Or was it something else altogether? Yes, Wynne did sound like the man whose mind was perfectly clear but whose soul had gone mad. Russell starts seeing Wynne in a different light. The man was brave and talented warrior, but were they really on their way to save POWs?

As Wynne leads his small force on horseback into Taliban territory, they come into deadly conflict with 'Tangos' (Tango for Taliban just as Charlie was for Viet Cong). The rest of the dialog comes across as authentic military and instead of coded group names like "Dragon Slayer" or "Lightening Bolts" the radio group is "Underchild." "Underchild One," "Underchild Two" or "Underchild Actual." It sounded right to me, and in this case "Underchild" describes the backgrounds of the men who serve in special forces. The Acknowledgments indicate that Gwyn spent time communicating with men in different military units, and judging from the results it was time well-spent.

The budding romance between Russell and Sara is subtle and deep. Sara is tough with her own issues, and she's assigned to Fire Base Dodge on the edge of Taliban territory as a medic. This little side story turns into an unexpected but delightful addition to the story, and Gwyn does it quite well. Overall, this book delivered on far more levels than I bargained for and I greedily rushed through all 250 pages much to soon. I hope to see more of Gwyn's work.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent old-school military adventure, brought up-to-date with literary panache 10 avril 2014
Par Nathan Webster - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is an old-school military adventure, written with a great deal of skill and literary panache by author Aaron Gwyn. It's an unexpected addition to the Iraq/Afghanistan war literature.The narrative used the hallmarks of genre action to lure me in - but the great writing actually made me care.

With only a couple reviews, I'll stay away from spoilers, don't worry - but the book makes clear that a young Army Ranger is sucked into a Special Forces in deep Afghanistan commanded by an officer with unclear, and increasingly sinister, motivations.

The author credits numerous interviews with soldiers/veterans to earn his accuracy and he did a very good job. The dialogue especially mirrors the blunt-spoken nature of men at war. I really enjoyed the choppy give-and-take between the characters, and he did his homework to figure out how these guys talk and behave.

The book pays respect with clear homages to a variety of works - "Apocalypse Now" especially, but also the underrated Desert Storm movie "Three Kings," and I felt echoes of a few scenes from "Dispatches."

It is also an old-school western, and Gwyn takes a lot of loving care to establish the characters' relationships with the horses that are a big part of the plot (mostly in the first half, less in the second).

There is a hint of romance, which I appreciated. It's got the emotional weight that the very overrated "Yellow Birds" sorely lacked.

Will military readers need to suspend disbelief? Yes, you will. I'm a veteran, and have been to Iraq and a couple times I started to say, "wait, that would never...oh yeah, FICTION." So just relax and roll with it. It's unlikely that based on a Youtube video a guy's going to get tasked with an SF mission, but the commander's a little crazy, so it works. And there's other examples, but nothing completely, utterly unacceptable (a character gets a dishonorable discharge that seems unlikely).

My big reason for 4 instead of 5 stars is the conclusion felt too rushed (for me) to earn the emotional punch that is supposed to occur. It's not a spoiler to say there will be tension between Captain Wynne and Russell, the Ranger. But the last 50 pages should have been 100 pages, with a couple more twists and more misdirection. As it is, the reader is supposed to come down on one person's side, but I came down on the other - and I'm pretty sure that's not what the author wanted. I knew what he wanted me to think, but he didn't give me enough evidence to think it. Basically, I felt a Col. Kurtz-ian vibe had been introduced, but not established firmly enough by the denouement (but don't think Gwyn's copying "Apocolypse" - it's an inspiration, that's it).

It's very rare for me to say a book should be longer, but this is one of those times. I wanted that emotional punch to be much harder, and the distinction between good and bad to be murkier. So I was a little let down.

However, it's still a four-star book, and close to five. I totally enjoyed it - and it ended too soon! That's never a bad thing! While it's being promoted in the vein of genre fiction, this is an excellent literary addition to the literature of the modern wars.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Disappointing. 11 avril 2014
Par Nancy C - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Knowing that horses were used by our military in Afghanistan (in at least one instance), I thought this would be an interesting read. I have horses of my own, and was intrigued by the blurb, which talked about training the horses and teaching the Special Forces operators how to ride—and promised to be a cross between a Western and a war novel. That’s what it said on the cover, anyway.

What I noticed right from the start was the book was far too easy to put down, and at one point I almost abandoned it completely. The characters are not particularly engaging, and other than the odd flash of poetic description, the writing is flat. There is a distant feel to the whole thing—I never felt like I was there, or experiencing the action, it was just the author telling me what was going on.

And then there were the horses. Now, I checked online, and the author apparently grew up on a cattle ranch out west—but you’d never know that from the writing. The horses were supposedly brought from the US, but they are mostly unbroken. On top of that, two of them are stallions, and at least one of them is a young mare. Considering that more or less everybody involved in the mission knows nothing about horses/horsemanship/horse-handling, this is a sure recipe for disaster. One of those stallions is supposedly an Akhal Teke—a relatively rare breed, and not the kind thing you pick up for a couple hundred dollars at an auction. It is never explained who did the buying or the choosing of the horses—why would anyone buy unbroken horses for a mission like this? There are plenty of well-broke geldings out there available cheap, so why buy a barely halter-broke mare who isn’t even two years old? The horse details are ultimately where the story fell apart for me—the author doesn’t seem to be able to translate his own experience with horses into something readable or understandable.

If you know absolutely nothing about horses, maybe this will work, but if you pick this up because of the horses, prepare to be disappointed.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Mission, ambiguous 12 avril 2014
Par E.M. Bristol - Publié sur Amazon.com
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When Captain Elijah Russell finds himself an unexpected online celebrity, after footage depicting him going into an open fire situation to rescue a loose Appaloosa colt goes viral, the powers-that be take note of his horse whispering talents, and he's deployed to Afghanistan to train a group of horses and soldiers who will be mounted during a mystery mission. With his buddy, Wheels, Russell at first concentrates on gentling the horses and training them to get used to gunfire, but answers to what their ultimate goal will be are less than forthcoming. At that station, Russell also meets Sara, a quirky nurse who has her own issues and to whom he feels attracted. However, Russell, who at first appears to the reader to be pretty much stoically able to handle everything the service throws at him - be it physical or emotional pain - turns out to have a personal history of trauma and loss - although, as he prefers to view it, things could have been much worse. Although he believes he has, Russell has not fully come to terms with his past, which he is reminded of upon meeting Captain Wynne, the leader of the intended mission. Wynne is a larger-than-life figure who has his own demons, and whose ultimate goal on the mission will eventually bring Russell into conflict with him, one that will have Russell seriously questioning the present - and his future.

The pace of the book at times was glacially slow, but I found myself compelled to keep reading, wanting to know if the main character really was as stoic as he appeared. As another review mentions, it isn't explained why such green horses are chosen for the mission, but the horse whispering details seem authentic enough (you can indeed accomplish a lot with animals if you take things slow and put aside your ego). There are (unsurprisingly) some graphic torture details, including the awful fate of a young boy. War is indeed hell, and the book doesn't shy away from that. It might not be to everyone's taste, but to me, it was worth sticking with to see what ultimately happens.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Action Packed 29 juin 2014
Par Geri M. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. It kept me on the edge of my seat until I was finished. Was surprised by the ending and thought perhaps it would lead into a second book by this author. If so, I would buy it. Recommend it.
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