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Not just a collection of war stories....
on May 26, 2014
I should start off by saying what this book isn't....
It's not slick. It's not like Marcus Luttrell's Lone Survivor. It's not Chris Kyle's American Sniper. And it's not definitely not Richard Marcinko's Rogue Warrior. Each of those was penned in part by others. (Patrick Robinson, Jim DeFelice and John Weisman respectively.) And yes, they are all fine books.
No, Thom Shea's Unbreakable was clearly written by the man himself.
It's a personal memoir, a "letter" to his children in case he didn't return home from battling America's enemies.
It must have been incredibly difficult to write. What does a father want to convey to his son about being a man? What does he want to tell his daughter about being a woman, wife and mother? How does he convey why his sacrificing his life with them was not just a selfish act, but one of love for his family, friends and Nation?
When reading, you can get the sense that the book was compiled from Thom's writing on bits of paper while riding in the back of a cargo plane or email's back home ,from a dusty base in some godforsaken land.
It's why I started by saying the book isn't slick. (It's also why it got four stars from me, and not five - it could have had tighter editing.)
But what it is is honest.
In an age where warriors are no longer glorified, but looked down upon by the politically correct, this book will be hard for them to read. The truth is, after all, a bitter pill to swallow. And the truth is, we need hard men - warriors - to do bad things to bad people.
To read Unbreakable is to get to know who Thom Shea is. A warrior.