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A World Made of Blood (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Sebastian Junger
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From America’s greatest chronicler of life lived at its extremes and the bestselling author of "The Perfect Storm," "War," and "A Death in Belmont" comes a rare work of fiction, an intimate, brutal account of a young American journalist trying to survive his latest assignment.

Daniel wanted to escape the Midwest and its small-town newspapers, but he didn’t sign up for this: a war-torn West African city strung in barbed wire, its embassies abandoned, child soldiers brandishing guns in the streets. Andre, the veteran photographer Daniel is paired with, is conversant in all of it—the jungle, the locals, and especially the attendant risks of covering war—and pushes them to go deeper into the conflict, to get to the front lines. Yet in a battle like this, there are no reliable lines of safety. Western rules do not apply, and atrocity is color-blind. Just when Daniel thinks he’s convinced his fearless partner to retreat, they arrive at what could be the end of the road for both of them.

This powerful short story, at once modern and timeless, combines the best elements of classic war literature and psychological horror. Junger’s unforgettable journey into the heart of darkness confronts man’s unrelenting savagery and his unpredictable capacity for cowardice—and courage.


Sebastian Junger is the author of the bestsellers "War," "The Perfect Storm," "Fire," and "A Death in Belmont." With the late Tim Hetherington, he shot and directed "Restrepo," which won the 2010 Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for a 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary. A contributing editor to "Vanity Fair," he has won a National Magazine Award and the SAIS-Novartis Prize.


“Junger’s great eye and honesty about the gamut of emotions that come into play in combat leave one swerving between highs, lows and the surreal.” —Chicago Tribune

“Those seeking insight into war’s innards will appreciate the details Mr. Junger so sharply and respectfully delivers.” —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Product Details

  • File Size: 248 KB
  • Print Length: 27 pages
  • Publisher: Byliner Inc. (December 27, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #262,263 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Images of war from the Third World December 4, 2012
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It's been years since I read The Perfect Storm, and I'm glad to see that Sebastian Junger can still crank out compelling fiction. In the story, Daniel's the reporter and Andre's the photographer covering a civil war in an unnamed African country (I believe it's Sierra Leone, but the events in the story could have taken place in any of several countries). They came to cover peace negotiations, but the uneasy accord fell apart as rebel forces attacked, while regular army forces and militias defended the cities. This was war as fought in the Third World - no high technology and smart bombs here, where most units didn't even have radios. Thrust into this situation, Daniel and Andre would be lucky to survive, much less cover the fighting.

The author captured the chaotic, confused fighting, where life was cheap and anyone with an AK-47 or RPG could be your enemy. The terrifying sights, sounds, and smell of death were all around them, and in the end, all the two journalists could hope for was to survive the madness.

The story was presented as a fictional work, but I have no doubt that the events in the story were based on the kind of experiences that real journalists have reported. With only 300 Kindle locations, the story is very short, but it's powerful reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well-plotted Thriller September 7, 2013
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This was a fast-moving well-plotted thriller that had the much appreciated bonus of providing a window into a very different culture and a very different time. The psychology is well thought out and thought provoking. A can't-put-it-down but so-glad-it's-over book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read February 2, 2013
By Paul
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A scary look at journalists covering a conflict where life is unimportant to the combatants. Not an edge of your seat page turner, but informative.
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A tragic story set in a war-torn West African nation that can be read in one sitting, which sadly reveals humanities indifference to death.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Chilling Portrayal of War and Conflict January 8, 2013
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The author does a good job of describing an observer's reaction to indifferent violence. It is, as he says, a world made of blood.
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3.0 out of 5 stars More like a college writing assignment January 5, 2013
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While there is readable description and dialogue, there is little else. This seems more like an exercise in a writer writing about a moment than a story. It is not bad writing; just self-indulgent and seemingly an exercise in description...not a story.
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3.0 out of 5 stars a World Made of Blood January 3, 2013
By Lewis T
This is a short but tense story that keeps you involved but has no real beginning or end. Junger can write.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great story that leaves you wanting more December 28, 2012
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This is the first book single that I have purchased. The story is all action from page one, and gives you some insight as to what real combat is like in these war torn African countries. I highly recommend this book.
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