Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer KMeng
Ryan Smithson was impacted by the event of 911. He was
impacted so much that he joined the Army Reserve at
seventeen years old. "If I don't do something, who will?"
was his belief. Basic training is a time when the fresh
recruits go through a process that Ryan describes in three
phases: the red phase, then the white phase, and lastly the
blue phase. The Army tears recruits down, builds them up,
and tears them down again to transform them into strong
people. When Ryan turned nineteen, he was deployed to Iraq.
His experiences have the power of changing the heart of
anyone who reads them. "Only after we have been completely
destroyed can we begin to find ourselves."
Whenever I find
a book and think it is the best one out there, I am always
proven wrong. Ghosts of War is perhaps one of the most
influential, important, and humane stories that I will ever
read. Rather than a "war story" and death-filled novel, it
is about life. Sure it is riddled with blood and gore, but
Smithson wrote in a way that forces the reader to see past
the obvious points of war. The most amazing part of this
book was how in each chapter there was a main idea, or
lesson, to be learned. The word choice, the dialogue, the
details, and the tone are incredibly strong. There is no
comparison to his novel. I recommend it to every American
because it teaches many life lessons, including faith. "And
without faith we are nothing."
Reviewer City, State and Country: Carlisle,
Pennsylvania United States of America