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on October 9, 2012
The story follows a raw recruit, straight out of training, to his first combat deployment. And it certainly is one heck of a deployment. Over the course of the story, he grows from a terrified young man who just wants to go home, to a hardened veteran, who has seen too much in too short a time. The underlying tension is ultimately, "why?". Why do we go to war?
The dialogue is a bit on the rough side, which is fitting with the rough nature of the characters, most of whom come from underprivileged situations. The prose, however, is also a bit rough, and as such, could really use a bit more polish; there are a number of typos and incorrect use of possessive vs. plural.
Overlook those things, and you will find yourself engrossed in the story, experiencing sympathy for the main character as he goes thru various situations. The ending was relatively decisive, in terms of the local conflict, yet still open enough to make you wonder "what next...?"