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*Starred Review* The author of the superb coming-of-age aviation story Flight of Passage(1997) matches its quality in this account of the first American soldier killed in combat in the present war in Iraq, Shane Childers, First Lieutenant, U.S. Marines, and his "homecoming." Childers was extraordinary--dedicated and intense about whatever he undertook as well as possessed of a vocation to be a warrior--and he became an extraordinary marine. His intensity sometimes made him rather alarming; his fiancee admitted to being a little frightened of him. And he is not the only extraordinary human being Buck portrays in the book with a genius for characterization for which many novelists would give their eyeteeth. For one, there is Captain Kevin Hutchinson, who performed far above and beyond the call of duty as a casualty assistance and calls officer, ably assisted by Sergeant Barry Morgan, a real old-line marine. Childers' family rose to what can only be called noble heights in dealing with their devastating loss, and all of Powell, Wyoming, participated in Shane's homecoming, from the funeral director outward into the rest of the community. There hasn't so far been a better portrait of the wartime American military at its best, nor one of the kind of family and community that produce a very high percentage of the men and women called to go to war. Roland Green
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“Hard to put down . . . a good read about a great man who died too soon.” (Sun Herald (Mississippi))

“A fine and moving story, full of heroes.” (Kirkus Reviews)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; 1st Printing edition (March 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060593253
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060593254
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,254,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gave this book as a Christmas gift.
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I am certain that those who read this book will come to appreciate the man, the marine, the hero that Shane was.
Adi Arad
The story of this amazing Marine is so well told I couldn't put the book down.
Fred E. Moskey

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Adi Arad on March 21, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Having known Shane personally I am amazed and greatful of the rare talent the author, Rinker Buck possess.

He has managed to capture the man that Shane was without actually ever knowing him personally and be able to tell the story of a brilliant, intelligent dedicated Marine.

I am certain that those who read this book will come to appreciate the man, the marine, the hero that Shane was.

If anyone deserved to be remembered and honored this way, it was definetly Shane!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carmina B. Carty on April 19, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Living in San Clemente, CA, I remember the local reports of Shane's death. He lived in SC when he deployed to Iraq. When I learned he was a Citadel grad (I'm from VMI) during one of Rinker's radio interviews, I had to buy this book and did by the end of that day. That said, I was very leery of how a New England columnist would present a topic as dividing as the Iraq War has been.

I was not disappointed. Rinker left the divisive politics aside and focused on the man, family and Corps behind the hero. He provided and incredible story of a true American hero. No doubt, Shane is a hero.

This work certainly could have been be written about many more of the countless heroes in this day. Rinker provides a first hand insight how the families of our heroes deal with their greatest loss. This is a must read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fred E. Moskey on March 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A Most Amazing Young Man

Shane Comes Home is a book about a most amazing young man, Marine Lt. Therrel Shane Childers by Rinker Buck. I purchased the book because his family comes from Cabell County, West Virginia, the place I live and worked as a deputy sheriff. I do not know the family but I patrolled the area they came from, Salt Rock, WV. I knew the roads well, Smith Creek, Madison Creek, the "Dog Fork" of Madison Creek, Hickory Ridge, and WV State Rt. 10. I thought I would read a little about the area I knew so well and maybe the mention of some of the people I know, but I was in for a pleasant surprise. Rinker Buck does an excellent job of telling the story of the first American to loose his life in combat in the Iraq War. The story of this amazing Marine is so well told I couldn't put the book down. There is little about the war, it is about the unpleasant job of notifying the parents of a fallen hero. It is about a young boy growing into a man who was loved by everyone he met. I am only sorry I never had the pleasure of meeting Shane, but after reading the book I feel like I have known him all his short life. Anyone who is fortunate enough to read this book is in for a real treat.

Fred E. Moskey, Retired Cabell County Deputy Sheriff.
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Format: Hardcover
I didn't think I wanted to read this book at first, but am glad I purchased it and read it. Another reviewer said that it was about the man, the military and his family and this is very true.The book goes into all of Shane Childers life from childhood to his final moments interspersed with the details and goings-on of the preparation for the funeral. That was the letdown in the book for me. After all the talk about the ceremony, etc., the funeral services itself was only described in like 2 paragraphs. I thought for sure every detail of the funeral service and committal would have been mentioned. But it seems as if every biography I read goes right up to the death of the individual and then one paragraph or so about the funeral. Writers don't seem to think the readers care about hearing about the ceremonies and burials, but I for one do. This was a real personal account of one man's life and I was glad to get this close to an actual situation. It does bother me SO much though that the author NEVER capitalizes Marine, Marine Corps, etc. I don't know proper grammar perhaps but I think that a Marine is a title and the Marine Corps is an organization and should be capitalized, even if in proper grammar it shouldn't. Make sense?? A soldier is a soldier, a sailor is a sailor---but a Marine is a MARINE. Very good reading!!
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Of the first recorded death in the armed conflict with Iraq. Happens to be one really special individual, with a rich life behind him, lived, apparently, to its fullness, with the outmost respect from family, friends and people along the way. Shane Comes Home is ultimately a sad true story, as he is returning home in a box. The writer has enough skills to pay the bills, and what at first might seem like not much of a subject, or a read, in no time this very talented writer, Mr. Rinker Buck, makes you care a lot. The spirit of the american soldier is very much alive in this story, that ends up being a heck of a good story, and one finishes the book with recognition, admiration, and certainly, gratefulness for the kind of people that defends this great nation.
There is very little chance of not being moved by this book. Well worth the pages it was written on, a commendable effort on the part of the writer, to bring such story to pages. 4.5 Stars!
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