This book was hard to put down. I knew nothing about the Navy SEAL training or the fighting in Afghanistan, so I learned a lot. Marcus Luttrell and his SEAL Team 10 were in a monstrous battle in the desolate mountains while searching for an Al Qaeda leader. All his teammates were killed by the Taliban and Marcus spent four days alone, injured and presumed dead, until a local tribe found him after he had crawled seven miles and hid him until he was rescued. It was a fascinating book and I highly recommend it.
In 1944 physics professor Alfred Mendl is sent to a German concentration camp. He is one of the only two people with the knowledge to start a war or end it. The Germans are unaware of this special knowledge. The U. S. has put together a special mission to go into the camps to find Mendl and bring him back. Nathan Blum is the one man that has the special skills and is fluent in German...
I usually enjoy books by Russell Freedman and this one caught my eye. I was a child during the time of the Vietnam War: old enough to be aware of it, but too young to understand any of the politics behind it. The author did a great job of explaining the history of Vietnam and things that led up to the U.S. war in the country. Facts were presented in a clear and very readable manner. I learned a lot!
Laura G., Youth Services
Set in the backcountry of Colorado, this thriller slowly reveals the influence of single incidents in the lives of the two protagonists. Amy Raye Latour is a hunter. One night she breaks the rule her grandfather taught her: never leave an injured animal unfound. Vulnerable and distraught because she couldn’t find the animal she shot, she joins in a life-changing game with her cousins. Pru Hathaway is a search and rescue responder, who has used distance to dull the pain of her life-changing incident. Yet both women have astounding perseverance. Les Becquets alternates their backstories as Hathaway and her dog search for Latour who goes...
I grew up in Appalachia so this book really struck a chord with me and I could see myself as I read it. J.D. Vance tells of his upbringing in Kentucky and Ohio and explains how the "Hillbilly mentality" (i.e., poor white Americans) rules the lives of so many people who are not able to break free from their roots. The American Dream is a goal seldom achieved by this segment of society. An excellent and informative read.
Sue N., Youth Services