Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Audiobook Review of From Baghdad, With Love by Jay Kopelman

Synopsis: "When Marines enter an abandoned house in Fallujah, Iraq, and hear a suspicious noise, they clench their weapons, edge around the corner, and prepare to open fire.

What they find during the U.S -led attack on the "most dangerous city on Earth," however, is not an insurgent bent on revenge, but a tiny puppy left behind when most of the city’s population fled before the bombing. Despite military law that forbids the keeping of pets, the Marines de-flea the pup with kerosene, de-worm him with chewing tobacco, and fill him up on Meals Ready to Eat.
Thus begins the dramatic rescue attempt of a dog named Lava and Lava’s rescue of at least one Marine, Lieutenant Colonel Jay Kopelman, from the emotional ravages of war.

From hardened Marines to war-time journalists to endangered Iraqi citizens, From Baghdad, With Love tells an unforgettable true story of an unlikely band of heroes who learn unexpected lessons about life, death, and war from a mangy little flea-ridden refugee."

My Review: This book really hit on nearly all levels. It had just the right amount of emotion, the realities of war and the events that took place. I listened to the audio version of this book and the narrator's voice was perfect, even held that little bit of aloofness Marines often have about emotions. I had a little bit of a problem following who was who towards the end in the struggle to get Lava out of Iraq but I am sure that is almost how all parties even felt at the time with so many players and moving parts all to save this one puppy. I rather enjoyed the Epilogue as it had another added touch of reality, not everything ends up entirely perfect (you will have to read it to find out). Definitely a great read and not a long one either, I enjoyed it over a single weekend.
My Rating: This book popped up on my recommended reads and boy was it right on point. I give it a rating of Four Paws!

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