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AN Angel From Hell Hardcover – April 6, 2010
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After the events of 9/11, I joined the US Army with my parent's permission at the age of seventeen. I wasn't ready for college, and I felt like Afghanistan was my calling. After I joined, Iraq kicked off and I knew that I would have a rendezvous with destiny somewhere. I spent over three years as an infantryman in the 187th Infantry Regiment (Rakkasans) part of the 101st Airborne Division and was deployed to Iraq from 2005 to 2006. I helped secure the courthouse for Saddam Hussein's trial in Baghdad before shifting to daily and nightly combat patrols throughout the Tikrit area (It's all in the book!). Some of my military awards include: the Army Commendation Medal, two Army Achievement Medals, two Good Conduct Medals, the Air Assault Badge, the Expert Infantryman's Badge, and the Combat Infantryman's Badge.
After my Honorable Discharge in 2006, I enrolled into college and pursued my interests in filmmaking. In 2009, I stumbled upon the rare opportunity to become one of the cast members of MTV's television show "The Real World: Brooklyn." I saw my time on the show as an opportunity to become a voice and face of the current generation of today's veterans and shed light on the struggles, joys, and misconceptions they face.
While an audience of millions looked on 'real' life caught up to me and I was involuntary recalled by the Army and forced to return to Iraq for another deployment. While the show was television to the nation, I had already returned to Iraq in April of 2009, and served in the southern Saydiyah section of Baghdad, again as an infantryman. I eventually was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.
Throughout it all, I have always found time to simultaneously pursue my random personal interests. At the age of twenty-four, I became a published author with my first book entitled "An Angel from Hell" which is a very intimate memoir that chronicled my first deployment in Iraq. I also co-produced, filmed, and starred in "Return to Duty," a documentary about my second deployment, and the strain it puts a family through when a soldier deploys. It aired on MTV on Veteran's Day 2009.
In January of 2010 I was Honorably Discharged from the Army and returned to Pennsylvania. The first thing I did was returned to school and eventually graduated in August 2012 with a B.A. in Film and Media Arts from Temple University. Upon graduation I worked as a producution assistant in London for NBC Olympics for the 2012 Summer Games. Over the past few years I have also traveled the country and spoke to several different colleges and universities about my service as a soldier.
In my off time, I enjoy writing and playing songs on my guitar, filming and editing personal projects, and I'm an avid Civil War reader. I'm a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA). In February 2010, I was able to take part in IAVA's annual "Storm the Hill" campaign and spent a week in the nation's capital speaking with senators and members of congress about their legislative agenda formulated to help and support all veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
I currently reside in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Top Customer Reviews
I suggest you go to your local bookstore, open the book to the chapter, The Reality of War, on pp 132-139, and decide for yourself the quality of his narrative.
For myself, I honor his service, appreciate his book, and wish him a long and happy life as a civilian who answered the call that so many others of us ignored.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This will be the first time that I've ever criticized a book for being poorly written...and I can forgive a lot. It's painfully apparent that a teenager wrote this book! Read morePublished 10 months ago by Shoppa
Wanted this book forever now!! Ryan is awesome he actually wrote me back on Myspace way back in the day :-D!! Telling me that he was writing this book.Published 10 months ago by Jennifer Ancalade
I finally finished An Angel From Hell by Ryan Conklin. I have to admit this book took me awhile to finish. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Minnesota Miranda Sherman
Ryan is a great storyteller. His writing style is easy to read and flows nicely. I am enjoying the book very much!Published 20 months ago by Julie Morse
This was a good narrative of the daily grind that the infantry endures and persevere through. Not continuous action, but an honest account of the ups and downs, pain and sorrow,... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Daniel Schug
This was the worst book I have ever read, not worth one start but no other choice. From the writings he should have matured a little before joining the Army, he sure sounded like a... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Robert W.
First I have to say that I respect and admire this true American for all his personal sacrifices and unselfish contributions he has made to his country. Read morePublished on November 22, 2013 by Mark A Bonilla
Ryans book brought me back to when I went to Kuwait and Iraq. My experience was a bit tame compared to Ryans, but I felt his feelings on every chapter.Published on September 20, 2013 by chris marschel
This was the first war ormilitary book I read and I loved it. It was easy to follow and hard to put down. Read morePublished on July 31, 2013 by Kristina M. Peltin