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By Dan Sheehan

now not all wounds are visible.

Dan Sheehan is a third-generation army flyer. He used to be desirous to try out his talents as a Cobra gunship pilot within the theatre of wrestle – after which he acquired his likelihood, first, in East Timor, then in the course of excursions of accountability in Iraq.

The scenes in Dan’s army memoir crackle with rigidity and pleasure as we stick with his direction into conflict. Bullets pierce their Cobras as Dan and his acquaintances fight to split enemy combatants from civilians - finally figuring out who lives and dies. via blinding sandstorms, the smoke of conflict and chaos of low-altitude firefights at evening, Dan places us within the entrance seat of the Cobra - the place we white-knuckle our approach via barrages of enemy hearth - and into his head as he makes split-second judgements that hold lasting consequences.

But there's way more to Sheehan’s tale than this – a tremendous the reason is, he wishes us to appreciate what army women and men event at the entrance strains of warfare. And what they create home.

After the adrenaline rush of strive against, anything inside of Dan wouldn't flip off. He was once a warrior, keen and proud to serve his nation and he was once lucky to come back out of conflict entire, again and again. yet he had no longer escaped Iraq untouched.

The refined agitation he felt persevered to develop into - restlessness - wariness - the hyper-vigilant feel that he had to be constantly on defend. whilst he struggled to disregard it, the edginess grew, trailing him lengthy after the motion was once over. ultimately, it all started to intervene into his own lifestyles, his intimate relationships, and threatened to harm these he enjoyed the most.

What Dan Sheehan realized, and what he exposes so bravely and albeit in his writing, sheds mild at the invisible marks left at the soul of many warriors. As he exhibits us, admitting these marks are there's the next move in a veteran’s trip after action.

If you're a warrior …or comprehend one… you'll want to learn this courageous and relocating memoir.

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