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Unspoken Abandonment: Sometimes the hardest part of going to war is coming home Paperback – February 16, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466315946
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466315945
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 4.9 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (353 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,351,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bryan A. Wood was born and raised in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts. Bryan attended Bridgewater State College until joining the military in 1996. After completing his service in 1999, Bryan traveled for some time until rejoining the military in 2002, after the start of America's War on Terror, to which Bryan served in combat operations throughout Eastern Afghanistan.

Life after combat posed several challenges, and this life journey formed the basis for Unspoken Abandonment. Bryan uses these experiences to masterfully take his readers on a journey with carefully crafted descriptions of scene after scene.

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This book was very well written.
Blue Bonnet
I finished this book in three days, faster than I've ever read a bio because I couldn't put it down.
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Bryan, thank you for sharing your amazing story.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By MelC on February 22, 2012
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This book evoked an abundance of emotions from me from beginning to end, making it almost impossible to put down once I started reading it. I loved that it was not a book written about being in combat from an author's perspective but rather is told first hand through the pages of his journal written in each day while in Eastern Afghanistan. This made it so real, so easy to feel what emotion the author was feeling while he was there.

For me, this book put into perspective what really, truly matters in life, and just how insignificant the small stuff that I sweat really is. This is a must read for every American so that they can get a glimpse of what life as a soldier is really like and understand why these men and woman more often than not return home and struggle though life as they have witnessed and have been through things unimaginable to most.....all for the sake of fighting for our freedom.

Captivating and powerful, this book is well written and highly recommended!!!!!!
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Heather N. on February 22, 2012
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What an inspirational story depicting what life is like for our military going to war and coming home. Thank you for sharing such personal experiences and reminding me how precious life really is. I think so many of us take for granted what our soldiers not only do for us during times of war, but the lasting effects (physical, mental, emotional) on a soldiers life after combat. This story is for everyone going through a trial of their own. Whatever battle you may be enduring, this book will show you how staying positive and fighting every step of the way makes you a SURVIVOR!
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By SR1 on February 25, 2012
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This book was well done and a good read as the author gave good insight into his combat tour of duty in Afghanastan from notes he had taken while there. The ending of this book was right on stating combat veterans face many challenges in life and it's how they face these challenges that will eventually define them as a person. The combat veteran learns by whatever life brings upon them even though their physical and mental scars will stay with them forever. This book holds your interest and it is a tough book to put down especially as I was a combat veteran of Vietnam in 68' & 69' and I know all to well what war was like in the jungles, but this book gave me better insight into today's combat veterans and their war in the desert.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Grace on June 29, 2012
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Out of curiosity and upon a friend's recommendation, I started reading Unspoken Abandonment even though it's not my usual genre. From beginning to end, I was captivated by Mr. Wood's journey while serving in Afghanistan, and then trying to live and cope after returning home. He writes with an incredible flair of compassion and raw honesty as he describes horrific and shocking events in his journal entries, events that will be forever ingrained in my mind.

After reading this, I have a clearer understanding of not only the challenges our soldiers endure during war and after returning home, but also what all the innocent people and children go through to survive a hell on earth!

This poignant memoir reminded me to not take things for granted and to always strive to be a better person. Every once in a while we all need to be reminded of that as we go about our busy lives. This story does just that and more.

I urge anyone to read this, be moved, and then tell a friend about it. Thank you, Mr. Wood, for sharing your inspiring story.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 29, 2012
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Based on a true story.

First of all, I want to give a huge "thank you" to Bryan Wood, and every American soldier for the job they do, and the job they have done. I am extremely humbled by all that you do, and endure for my freedom, and the freedom of our great country. To our men and women here at home, police officers, and firefighters who put yourselves in harms way to keep us safe, "thank you" to you as well.

Next, I would like to say thank you to my friend Jillian for pointing me in the direction of this book, I might not have found it otherwise, as this is not my normal genre.

I come from a family that has had its share of veterans, only one of my family members has spent any time in Iraq, my brother-in-law who works for the FBI. After returning home he sent a letter out to all of telling us of his experience there. This was early on in the war in Iraq and I remember how proud I was after reading his letter. He told us of his interactions with the civilians in Iraq, but I'm certain he didn't tell us everything. Just last month in his early 40's, my brother-in-law had to retire because he has Parkinson's disease, and it is has taken over to the point that he can no longer work. My brother was in the Navy during the Gulf War, but has long since been out of the service. I have always had great respect and admiration for our men and women in uniform, but this book left me with a greater sense of pride.

Unspoken Abandonment is beautifully written and incredibly insightful. This is the first hand account of Bryan Wood's tour in Afghanistan, and his very long journey home. I felt a series of emotions while reading this book. I was sad, angry, heartbroken, and hopeful, but the greatest feeling I took away from this book was, inspired.
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