I was sent a copy of this book (Breakfast with the Dirt Cult) and asked to review it by the author.
This book isn’t what you think it will be. I really enjoyed it.
It’s a comedy, a tragedy, a war story, a love story, a philosophical treatise on the woes of our modern politically correct BS society and military bureaucracy. A coming of age story with the realizations a young veteran makes about the BS that pervades our modern society – and reflections on why we fight, and for who.
It starts off with him falling in love with a Canadian stripper, then to his experiences training for an Afghan deployment in 2003, then to the deployment itself and the aftermath. You will read ‘Canadian stripper” and make so many assumptions, but it just isn’t that.
It is written in the third person but its pretty clear that it is the authors’ story.
What I found gem-like about the book was the descriptions of life with his mates both in barracks and on deployment, the language they use, and the conversation and interaction they have. It is spot on, right there. I found myself reading passages of it to Chris during the last Combat Patrol class, both of us laughing out loud. It’s just the truth, reality, right there. But don’t be easily offended by cussing, because you won’t like the reality of the book.
Its a war story, but not glamor-war-porn like so many stories nowadays. There is no Navy SEAL fast roping into terrorist compounds. It’s the daily grind of patrol after patrol, interspersed with the occasional firefight. The joy of it is in the interactions of the personalities in the book, including ‘psycho-dad’ – the ornery old squad leader.
Little gems of truth stood out for me that many officers and SNCO leaders would do well to read – like to paraphrase when the Company Commander gathers them in formation and begins to orate about why they have been so busy on the deployment “because I have volunteered you for every damn mission” (sound familiar?) to which the main character writes “I just stopped listening.” Genius, pure Joe level genius! Truth, right there….
Definitely a recommended read.
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