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Harry's War by [Benjamin, Ed]
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  • File Size: 689 KB
  • Print Length: 61 pages
  • Publisher: BookBaby; 1 edition (January 24, 2012)
  • Publication Date: January 24, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00794LZTU
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As I turned off my Kindle, finished with Harry's War, I couldn't help but think about what our guardians in the sky must think and go through. Harry's War is a well-written, insightful description of how our fighter pilot warriors think, and the challenges they face when they come back down to earth.

Benjamin writes for a living, so it is no surprise that Harry's War is well-written. What is a surprise is how the story follows Harry through his evolution as a person, and I was heartened to see how the author transformed the notion of war from one meaning to another (I won't give the game away here). I am guessing Benjamin has some first-hand experience with this, which made the story not only believable, but meaningful as well.

No book is perfect, right? I do wish Harry's War had more dialogue, to make it more personal. I kept finding myself wondering what kind of person Harry was. Does he have a sense of humor? What is his his favorite drink? What kind of women is he attracted to? Of course, that would turn Benjamin's novella into a novel, which would defeat the purpose of the format, and is why I didn't reduce my rating to a 4-star. Bottom line, Harry's War is a strong foundation for a more robust novel. I would like to see more from Benjamin and read about Harry up-close-and-personal!

With that minor criticism out of the way, where Benjamin excels is not just the descriptions of the military systems, hardware and weapons, that's all very cool, but he does a masterful job in dissecting Harry's psychology. He helps the reader understand what drives his main chracter, develops his strengths and weaknesses and analyzes how Harry's background affected his trajectory in life and where he lands. This alone makes Harry's War worth the read.
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This story was an action packed sequence of a fighter pilot that fought in 'The War in Iraq.' I was brought in touch with some of the struggles that these soldiers had to face and now have a deep respect for what they have to endure.

This story, although a short story, was perfectly written and gave me a thrill of a lifetime. I was very pleased by the author's depiction of what this event could have been like; I felt like I was there.

I would strongly recommend this for those that are curious to know what it was like over the skies of Iraq and just want an amazing adventure/ thriller to read also.

This is a great read and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience!
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Incredible story and an eye-opening read for someone who has lived a rather sheltered civilian life. Harry is a fighter pilot, intensely brave but vulnerable in some ways too. He is a character that is, incredibly, very relateable and likeable. I also really enjoy the author's writing style--simple, spare, and powerful, without a lot of superfluous fluff. He seems to really know his stuff, which I appreciate. Highly recommend this one!
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Without a doubt, not only was the research intense but it's obvious the writer was a participant in some way with the events and situations of the time. Wished the story had been longer. Looking forward for more of the same from this writer and possibly a short bio. Guido
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Excellent novel. Good technical knowledge of SU-27 and F-15C Aircraft, and good insight to "fighter jock" mentality! I was left wanting more, and am looking forward to Harry Miles's next adventure as a civilian Private Eye.
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Wow, very well written short story. The battle in Iraq is intense. Jet fighter action!

The book is sectioned and it's clear there are two main wars going on. One, the actual war, and the other the internal personal war. Well written and a blast to read. Some well written hidden lessons and meaning.

I don't know if this knowledge comes from actual experience in war or if the book is just really well researched. Either way the author did an incredible job. I highly recommend this book.
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“Harry’s War” was a brief moment in Iraq and a thousand days in the private life of one man. Harry Miles is a talented Air Force Fighter Pilot flying F-15 Eagle’s On Combat Air Patrol, CAP for short, in Iraq. 76 days into his duty and he is ready to be relieved. The replacement squadron has arrived deep in Saudi Arabia, just a few days away from assuming their own CAP; but this day, Harry is still flying – even though he feels he shouldn't be. He feels off…. And he has no idea why.
Graduating at the bottom of his class from Squadron Officer School is not a mark against Harry, in fact, the reason he graduated so low is actually a resounding success. A paper, written for an assignment that should have been short and to the point, ended up being 40 single spaced pages of tactical brilliance…. A failure to the purpose of the assignment, but a flag of recognition for those looking for intelligence and tactical thought.
This feat propels Harry into training with “Bulldog” – a General of renown and determination, and puts Harry in the pilot’s seat on a fateful day far above the Iraqi sands. Ed Benjamin composes this tale with technical lingo and detail aplenty, pulling us into Harry’s world, making the moments come alive and freeze in our minds as missiles launch and the world shudders. Detailed without being overly complicated, Benjamin succeeds in making the military jargon flow easily, even for those uninitiated in the acronyms and meanings. With subtle explanations for terms thrown in, this is an easy to read short story that will seize you. From Harry’s brush with terror to the subsequent, internal war he fights after discharge, this is a tale that reveals a man’s soul – both who he really is and just how he became that.
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