Generation Kill by Evan Wright

Incredible book! I found it fascinating and funny and terrifying and heartbreaking at times. The HBO mini series (which I loved) is based on this book.  Journalist, Evan Wright did a superb job writing Generation Kill. He describes his travel with the first recon marines into the initial invasion of Iraq very well. It was riveting reading what happens before and after numerous recon mission. I loved getting to know the men of the unit.  Nate Fick and Brad Colbert are my favorites.

Generation Kill by Evan Wright

Incredible book! I found it fascinating and funny and terrifying and heartbreaking at times. The HBO mini series (which I loved) is based on this book.  Journalist, Evan Wright did a superb job writing Generation Kill. He describes his travel with the first recon marines into the initial invasion of Iraq very well. It was riveting reading what happens before and after numerous recon mission. I loved getting to know the men of the unit.  Nate Fick and Brad Colbert are my favorites.

The Almond Tree by Michelle Cohen Corasanti  Goodreads Summary: An inspirational story of unfathomable pain and an incredible perseverance. The book humanizes a culture and brings characters from a distant land to life, with a family united by love but divided by their personal beliefs. From Ichmad’s staunchly traditional and at times overbearing mother, to his father who believes in the power of education, the crux of the family’s story lies in the growing dispute between two brothers who choose very different paths in order to create a new future.  My Thoughts: The Almond Tree is a heart breaking story about the Israeli/Palestinian “conflict” told from the perspective of a Palestinian boy who then becomes a man. A thought provoking book detailing the struggles of poverty, the uneducated, the suppressed, and the horrors of a war that are fed by ignorance, hatred, misunderstanding, revenge, etc. I don’t usually read books like this but I am glad I did. A definite must-read for a different perspective. An educational and interesting historical realistic fiction.  Fans of Khaled Hosseini’s ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ will appreciate reading this book.  *Received from Goodreads first-reads.

The Almond Tree by Michelle Cohen Corasanti 

Goodreads Summary:
An inspirational story of unfathomable pain and an incredible perseverance. The book humanizes a culture and brings characters from a distant land to life, with a family united by love but divided by their personal beliefs. From Ichmad’s staunchly traditional and at times overbearing mother, to his father who believes in the power of education, the crux of the family’s story lies in the growing dispute between two brothers who choose very different paths in order to create a new future. 

My Thoughts:
The Almond Tree is a heart breaking story about the Israeli/Palestinian “conflict” told from the perspective of a Palestinian boy who then becomes a man. A thought provoking book detailing the struggles of poverty, the uneducated, the suppressed, and the horrors of a war that are fed by ignorance, hatred, misunderstanding, revenge, etc. I don’t usually read books like this but I am glad I did. A definite must-read for a different perspective. An educational and interesting historical realistic fiction.  Fans of Khaled Hosseini’s ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ will appreciate reading this book. 

*Received from Goodreads first-reads.

The Never List by Koethi Zan

Summary:For years, best friends Sarah and Jennifer kept what they called the “Never List”:  a list of actions to be avoided, for safety’s sake, at all costs.  But one night, against their best instincts, they accept a cab ride with grave, everlasting consequences. For the next three years, they are held captive with two other girls in a dungeon-like cellar by a connoisseur of sadism. Ten years later, at thirty-one, Sarah is still struggling to resume a normal life, living as a virtual recluse under a new name, unable to come to grips with the fact that Jennifer didn’t make it out of that cellar. Now, her abductor is up for parole and Sarah can no longer ignore the twisted letters he sends from jail. Finally, Sarah decides to confront her phobias and the other survivors—who hold their own deep grudges against her. When she goes on a cross-country chase that takes her into the perverse world of BDSM, secret cults, and the arcane study of torture, she begins unraveling a mystery more horrifying than even she could have imagined.
My Thoughts: Koethi Zan creates an intricate plot in The Never List. As the story unravels the plot gets even more complicated and unpredictable. I found the main characters implausible at times throughout the book. Nevertheless it was an interesting read. If you are a fan of psychological thrillers then this is the book for you.
Received an advanced readers copy from Viking Books via Goodreads.

The Never List by Koethi Zan

Summary:
For years, best friends Sarah and Jennifer kept what they called the “Never List”:  a list of actions to be avoided, for safety’s sake, at all costs.  But one night, against their best instincts, they accept a cab ride with grave, everlasting consequences. For the next three years, they are held captive with two other girls in a dungeon-like cellar by a connoisseur of sadism.

Ten years later, at thirty-one, Sarah is still struggling to resume a normal life, living as a virtual recluse under a new name, unable to come to grips with the fact that Jennifer didn’t make it out of that cellar. Now, her abductor is up for parole and Sarah can no longer ignore the twisted letters he sends from jail.

Finally, Sarah decides to confront her phobias and the other survivors—who hold their own deep grudges against her. When she goes on a cross-country chase that takes her into the perverse world of BDSM, secret cults, and the arcane study of torture, she begins unraveling a mystery more horrifying than even she could have imagined.

My Thoughts:
Koethi Zan creates an intricate plot in The Never List. As the story unravels the plot gets even more complicated and unpredictable. I found the main characters implausible at times throughout the book. Nevertheless it was an interesting read. If you are a fan of psychological thrillers then this is the book for you.

Received an advanced readers copy from Viking Books via Goodreads.