Blog Tour: Combat by @piersplatt #Review


Date Published: February 25, 2014

War is hell…but sometimes it’s also funny as hell.
Combat and Other Shenanigans is Lieutenant Piers Platt’s firsthand account of his year as a cavalry platoon leader in Iraq. Wry, action-packed, and poignant,Combat and Other Shenanigans is the absurd-but-true story of the antics the world’s finest soldiers get up to when no one high-ranking is watching.

My Review
This was an interesting read to get inside of a soldiers mind and get a little insight on the ins and outs of life in the armed forces. Am I an expert and know its authentic? No, but I dont think you need to be. I think this is more of one person's accounting of their experience not a general experience of everyone in the armed forces. Enjoyable either way. 

I liked the authors use of humor to cut through any tension. I wasn't expecting it and it was great to have the comic relief throughout. 

Everything about Platt's writing felt authentic. I liked that his experiences really did translate from life to the page and into the readers mind. Great read.

Piers Platt grew up in Boston, but spent most of his childhood in various boarding schools, including getting trained as a classical singer at a choir school for boys. He joined the Army in 2002, and spent four years on active duty, including a year-long deployment to Iraq in 2004 as a tank and scout platoon leader.

He now works as a marketing strategy consultant in New York city, when he's not spending time with his lovely wife and daughter.

Twitter: @piersplatt

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  1. Thanks for the review, Bailey - glad you enjoyed the book!