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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Hardcover (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425233944
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425233948
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 6.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,308,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

For someone best known for his appearance on MTV’s Real World: Brooklyn, Conklin comes off as refreshingly clearheaded in this straightforward military memoir. Prior to his reality-show stardom, Conklin enlisted in the army at 17, eventually finding a place in the decorated Rakkasans regiment, patrolling the streets of Tikrit, Iraq. Ploddingly sequential in stretches, the book proves Conklin is no wordsmith and not especially good at conveying texture. But he’s disarmingly earnest and equipped with a razor-sharp memory—his depictions of trying to get a glimpse of Saddam Hussein, interacting with Iraqi youth, staving off crushing boredom, and despairing at the ineptitude of the “Keystone Cops” (aka the Iraqi army) are all extensively cataloged. Isolated moments of rage—as when Conklin sees an image of the 9/11 attacks on an Iraqi citizen’s cell phone—bring him into focus as a flawed hero, but this book will be of greatest use to readers seriously considering enlisting. As Conklin makes quite clear, it is a job equal parts heroic quest and “suckfest.” --Daniel Kraus

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More About the Author

I was born in a small pocket town in Michigan, and at the age of eleven I moved with my family to the historic and equally tiny town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. I was constantly surrounded by marble reminders of America's most pivotal battle during the Civil War, it was impossible to not be exposed to patriotic tales and lessons of the American fighting spirit.

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.

Customer Reviews

Ryan's book is a great insight into the life of a grunt.
Laura C. Sousa
I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone, whether they are interested in military-type readings or not.
Amy Virginia
This book will make you laugh, shutter and cry by the time you finish the last page.
J. Baer

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A. Gentry on April 8, 2010
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I received this book on the 7th and finished it the same night. I thought the book was well written from our perspective. I am an army medic and was attached to Ryan's unit when I was deployed. I thought the way Ryan covered the terror that we go through and how we react to all of these situations was spot on. Everyone goes through their own personal hell while deployed and this just showed how some of us deal with the stress. I congratulate Ryan on taking his love for the army and his brothers to the next step. I thought this book was very well written from a personal perspective. Ryan's passion for writing shows in his pages about how he feels for his new found family on good days and bad days. A definite read for anyone who served with him and a very good starter from people who are considering this line of work. It can be an eye opener for the average person.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Eric Lowman on April 7, 2010
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This is one of the most realistic, honest military books you will ever read. As I read this book I was struck with the idea that it seemed like Mr. Conklin was sitting next to me telling me his story. This is an honest, brutal memoir, that is extremely hard to put down. I loved every page of the book. For those of us who never served in the military, it gives us an authentic idea of what it is like to be on the front lines with America's finest.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Rich on April 6, 2010
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I began reading An Angel From Hell Tuesday afternoon and finished it Tuesday evening. The book was a page turner that pulled no punches and made no apologies for honestly and explicitly covering gritty subjects like the aftermaths of IED and suicide bomber attacks. Easily on par with Stephen Ambrose's works, but with an added degree of authority thanks to the author's having been there and done that. A great book for those who want a look at the post-invasion occupation of Iraq through the eyes of one self-proclaimed grunt. Hopefully there will be a sequel covering Ryan's second deployment to Iraq.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Frank J. O'Connor on April 7, 2010
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If you are interested in what it was like for an infantry man (or grunt in military parlance) to survive a year in Iraq when the going was tough, this book will provide you with the answer. It is journalism, not literature, but cleanly written, easy to read, and covers all the bases, from boredom to the "thrill of being shot at and missed."
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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D.H. on April 11, 2010
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An Angel From Hell is one compelling read. The book is very well-written. As a reader you are engaged in the author's story from the very beginning to the very end of the book. At the end of the book you are left wanting to read more from the author.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Richardson on April 14, 2010
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When I pre-ordered this book months ago, I did not expect such a substantial account of the author's first tour of duty in Iraq, but it was a pleasant surprise. The book is an excellent personal account from someone who had a special vantage point as an active member of the US military presence in post-war Iraq. Part way through the first chapter I was hooked.... so the only advice I can give is this; buy it now while it's still available in hardcover edition at a bargain price.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marianne Callahan on May 1, 2010
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Ryan Conklin does a great job of sharing his war experiences in a very real and honest way. The account is sometimes not PC which is good. War isn't PC either. He doesn't exaggerate his experiences but doesn't downplay the realities either. He also adds many humorous moments that he and his buddies share which makes the book an easy read and also makes you feel like your right there with them during the mundane patrols they had to perform as well as during the action. At such a young age he and so many other young men gave their service for our country and for that I'm grateful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amy Virginia on May 3, 2010
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In all my life, I had never really been interested in learning more about the military and all the complicated acronyms and code names that come with. But once I heard that Ryan Conklin had written this book, I knew I had to read it because of the personality he showed the world on the Real World: Brooklyn. He just draws people to him and is extremely relateable. When I began reading this book, I expected what I think most people would expect; that it would be another depressing book about the horrors of war. I was completely wrong. Ryan offers an entirely new perspective to the war in Iraq. Obviously it wasn't always good times, but his witty sense of humor and sarcastic personality makes it fun to read. He can make light of most situations he is put into, even when his life is on the life. This book made me laugh, and it also made me cry. I have an even greater respect for all of our soldiers now than I ever did before, and I definitely did before, after learning about the hell they are put through and how they don't lose sight of themselves. I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone, whether they are interested in military-type readings or not. It's truly amazing!
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