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A pathetic attempt to make a few dollars
on August 2, 2014
I don't profess to be an author or a great scholar, however I have read at least one book a week and have read upwards of 50 military novels in my time, many of them being autobiographies or personal accounts from the men who lived to tell the tale through various conflicts spanning several time periods.
THIS BOOK IS BY FAR THE ABSOLUTE WORST PIECE OF LITERATURE I HAVE EVER READ.
The story jumps all over the place, the author can't keep a point to save his life and worse, it seems this book (if you'd prefer to call it that) was sent straight from Zapata's journal to the press. I very seriously doubt anyone was hired to proof read this work before it was released to the public.
I type this with no intent to disrespect Mr. Zapata and his service to our country. He certainly was probably very good at being part of an ODA and performing his duties as a soldier. This man however, is no author. Some of you may find this harsh and perhaps feel this review is unjustified, especially given all that the author has given up for his country. However, being a former military man myself I feel I can give an honest review without persecution based on patriotism.
Here are some great alternatives to "Desperate Lands"
Great autobiographies similar to (but better than) "Desperate Lands":
"Warrior Soul" by Chuck Pfarrer
"Rogue Warrior" by Richard Marcinko
"Inside Delta Force" by Eric Haney
"The Mission the Men and Me" by Pete Blaber
Another great read is "Fearless" (the story of Adam Brown) by Eric Blehm.
I would recommend any of these books ten times over before I would even mention the book listed above. I was so put off by this work that I wrote my very first review on Amazon. Save your money, go someplace else.