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Even though he just wanted to be a reserve, he still felt like it was the ghozts thing to do. Then everyone is put in cattle cars and sent to the training building.

Ghosts of War: The True Story of a Year-Old GI by Ryan Smithson

I picked this up in the YA section of the library. While they are flying done the dirt road they spot an IED on the side, they speed up and try to get by it as fast as possible.

I highly recomend this book for anyone, and especialy for someone who ghhosts lived not knowing what its like to not be able to freely express their voice and opinion. I like how in the beginning it talks about some of his reasons for joining.

The parents and family of soldiers relate to those mentioned in the book. It was an overall great book.

During his time there, however, Smithson thinks on many occasions, about the true heroes that protect their countries. All of the guys in the barraks play with the little bird like elementary kids. He talks about the edge of smthson seat experiences in avoiding IEDs, some real and some fake.


In this chapter Ryan and the rest of the platoon are finally going home.

I just finished “Ghosts of War [My tour of duty: This chapter tells about Ryan’s pet bird, Jerkface. This unforgettable story about combat, friendship, fear, and a soldier’s commitment to his country peels back the curtain on the realities of war in a story all Americans should read.

The author’s purpose of Ghost’s of war is to entertain and inform. Looking at the photos of Ryan, one is immediately aar by how very young he is. It also shows the hardships of being a soldier, what you’ll have to sacrifice, what the dangers you’ll face being in the military, and especially when you’re half a world away from your loved hgosts.

As basic training began Ryan Recounts his struggles, and his day-to-day routine, and at this point you can truly see his character growing and maturing as a person. They are driving ghists and the trunk infront of them starts to speed up. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

When he came home, he went to college on the GI Bill and began writing about his war experiences. Instead of opting for college life, Ryan Smithson joined the Army Reserve when he was seventeen. Smithhson the camp they are split into companies. When he gets to the first building he has to fill out a bunch of different papers.

Ghosts of War

He is taken out to Kuwait to wait on the plane ride home, but the times keeps getting pushed back because of all the plain holding equipment and not having enough room. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. Dec 20, Gabriel Adorno rated it really liked it.


But when he enters a town of Iraq, it was very peaceful with some kids waving to the soldiers as they drive by. Would you like us to take another look at this review? Smithson didn’t serve on the front lines, and he is clear in the fact tha Using simple prose, Ryan Smithson shares with readers his experience of serving a one-year tour as an engineer in the Army in Iraq in At the same time, that did not mean that he was out of danger.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about wars and things of that nature. He currently works for The True Story of a Year Ryan Smithson served with the Army Corps of Engineers from — in Iraq where he conducted road repair, base fortifications, and various earth-moving operations. When in Iraq he meets battle buddies and does a lot of missions as a GI Joe Schmo average maintenance guy on equipment.

My opinion on this book overall i would probably give it a ten out of ten if not a one-hundred out of one-hundred because I am really interested in the war and what happens during it.

Besides writing, he likes to hike, fish, hunt, ski, volunteer, play guitar, and build the occasional moss terrarium for no good reason at all.