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Fives and Twenty Fives It s the rule always watch your fives and twenty fives When a convoy halts to investigate a possible roadside bomb stay in the vehicle and scan five meters in every direction A bomb inside five meter

  • Title: Fives and Twenty-Fives
  • Author: Michael Pitre
  • ISBN: 9781620407547
  • Page: 232
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Fives and Twenty-Fives By Michael Pitre, It s the rule always watch your fives and twenty fives When a convoy halts to investigate a possible roadside bomb, stay in the vehicle and scan five meters in every direction A bomb inside five meters cuts through the armor, killing everyone in the truck Once clear, get out and sweep twenty five meters A bomb inside twenty five meters kills the dismounted scouts invesIt s the rule always watch your fives and twenty fives When a convoy halts to investigate a possible roadside bomb, stay in the vehicle and scan five meters in every direction A bomb inside five meters cuts through the armor, killing everyone in the truck Once clear, get out and sweep twenty five meters A bomb inside twenty five meters kills the dismounted scouts investigating the road ahead.Fives and twenty fives mark the measure of a marine s life in the road repair platoon Dispatched to fill potholes on the highways of Iraq, the platoon works to assure safe passage for citizens and military personnel Their mission lacks the glory of the infantry, but in a war where every pothole contains a hidden bomb, road repair brings its own danger.Lieutenant Donavan leads the platoon, painfully aware of his shortcomings and isolated by his rank Doc Pleasant, the medic, joined for opportunity, but finds his pride undone as he watches friends die And there s Kateb, known to the Americans as Dodge, an Iraqi interpreter whose love of American culture from hip hop to the dog eared copy of Huck Finn he carries is matched only by his disdain for what Americans are doing to his country.Returning home, they exchange one set of decisions and repercussions for another, struggling to find a place in a world that no longer knows them A debut both transcendent and rooted in the flesh, Fives and Twenty Fives is a deeply necessary novel.

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    1. Disclosure Served in Marines with Author.Fives and Twenty Fives is a conscientious modern war novel that accurately portrays the sacrifices young people give for their country and their struggle to cope Pitre s writing style is crafty and empathetic His story telling keeps you turning pages to learn about the characters experiences during and after The Long War The characters in the novel express love of country and duty, but there is bitterness over giving everything for a cause that may or ma [...]

    2. Forgive my comparison of this with the 2014 National Book Award winnerRedeployment Both books are eloquent, visceral, fictional accounts of soldiers lives during the Iraq War, both on the battlefield and after they come home from their tours of duty My vote for the most accessible and enthralling of the two works, though, easily goes to Michael Pitre s Fives and Twenty Fives.I likedRedeployment plenty, though I did have a few issues with it, mostly stemming from Klay s decision to present his wo [...]

    3. I was lucky enough to get my hands on an advance copy of this book I recently separated from the Marines and was in Iraq during the time the book is set In fact, I was on the same base Al Taqaddum I have to admit, reading a work of fiction about that was quite strange I was a helicopter pilot on the base and was actually just down the road from the road repair crew As far as authenticity goes he nails it The descriptions of the landscapes, the smells, the bureaucracy, and the varied personalitie [...]

    4. I read an early copy of this.Thomas Barnett seemed to relish saying, in his two armies talks, that he likes his fighting force young, male, unmarried, and slightly pissed off This is a book about what happens to the young and pissed off when they are at war, and how they return Each of the characters frustrations erupt from their struggle to understand the world and how it works, and each, in their own way, decides to do something That s what the young and pissed off do they see things that they [...]

    5. An honest and significant work highlighting those who served in the Iraqi war, their motivations for joining, their fears and their struggles trying to assimilate back into a normal life It is narrated by three different men, the most interesting to me was Dodge, the Iraqi interpreter.During the war these three men were part of a crew that filled in Iraqi potholes, where every pothole had a bomb that needed to be detonated All the characters were complex and the description were very detailed Al [...]

    6. I listened to the audio book, and it was so well done When the characters got choked up so did I When they were excited, I was excited The writing was so authentic The honesty of the story really came across From the heartbreaking and grueling conditions of war to the unfair and cruel reality coming home, these character s stories really pulled at my heart I loved reading both the perspectives of the Marines and of Kateb I think I looked forward to Kateb s chapters most of all I did not want thi [...]

    7. I received this from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review War books fascinate me Sometimes it s the history, sometimes it s the weapons and warfare and tactics, but mostly, it s the people I enjoy reading about the trauma, the aftermath of a country, the losers because no on really wins, do they , their personal reasons for fighting, and whether they think the cause it s worthy It s especially evident in a well written fictional novel such as this.Everyone should read at least one of these [...]

    8. This book is destined to become the quintessential novel about the Iraq war, in much the same way as Tim O Brien s The Things They Carried has become the go to book about the Viet Nam war experience Each character is unique and brings with him stories which create real time experiences for the reader The tale travels between the past and the present and tells the story of who they were when they entered the service and who they became when they departed The reader will experience an array of emo [...]

    9. One of the bookmarks I place in my Little Free Library bears these words of Ernest Hemingway All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was How the weather is in this book it redefines the landscape because it is military weather, and it [...]

    10. Fives and Twenty FivesBy Michael Pitre5 stars401ppPublication date 2014Having just finished Fives and Twenty Fives by Michael Pitre, I want to continue reading about Dodge, Doc and Donovan I don t want to let them go I want to know that they will be alright That things will get better That Dodge will be happy with a pretty girl in Tunisia and that they will all find a purpose and reason for what they did and a way to live with it I think also of Zahn and how he tried to make everything right and [...]

    11. Because my concerns are with the people and the culture of the occupied country than with the US soldiers themselves, I have a problem with reading war novels by USians That is why, last summer, I read 7 or 8 novels by Iraqi authors Having banked those, I allowed myself to read this novel I was wary and ready to put it down with the first offense But Pitre surprised me for two reasons I will get to those First, let me get my negative out of the way He ends the book in the right and the wrong wa [...]

    12. I ordered this book for one of the libraries I work at because of the editorial reviews After it was processed, I noticed it was on the shelf Looking for a new read, I m often disappointed when searching for that one book that is going be my new, great find I looked at the cover, did a quick scan of the flap and put it back I wasn t in the mood for something that was going to tear my heart apart But, then my curiosity drew me back again We as a nation are interested and have empathy for our retu [...]

    13. This book nails it both the feeling of conflict and the conclusion of duty back home I m impressed at the realistic inclusion of both officer and enlisted, especially both sexes, male and female The repeated exposure to war, though not completely understandable or always justified, has both physical and psychological consequences to everyone involved Though each service member has bonding similarities, everyone is affected uniquely Author Michael Pitre expresses this perfectly For that, I want t [...]

    14. Disclosure Knows author, read advance copyDon t shy away from this book if you re put off by war stories The writing is open wide yet tender, and unflinching in the up close and visceral It makes the day to day happenings of being a modern soldier necessarily tangible, especially for those of us who have no idea just how specific that is But it then transcends so far beyond the experience that you re left gaping at how good intent, failed leadership, undue guilt, integrity and inertia can possib [...]

    15. PTSD War are invariably complex and cannot be separated from the individuals who have experienced both Pitre offers us a novel with a rare glimpse into war perspectives without giving one perspective importance over another Doc Pleasant, Leuteniant Donovan, Sergeant Gomez many names, many stories, many outcomes There is a high degree of authenticity involved Pitre has a genuine writing style and serves us well developed characters which can stand as characters on their own The present narrative [...]

    16. This book follows three men that are part of the same platoon Two men Pete and Lester are soldiers Pete is a lieutenant that has to prove himself, as much to his men as to himself, that he is worthy of his rank Doc Lester is only nineteen years old and knows saving people is his calling he is a natural The last man is Dodge He is an Iraqi national and he is the interpreter Dodge, before the war occurs, is an English student He carries with him a copy of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn His cha [...]

    17. I am feeling a little abashed about not having read Five Twenty Fives sooner, but you know how it is, a new book hits your radar, you mean to read it, then there is another new book, and another, and sometimes the truly spectacular ones end up waiting for too long And when you finally get to them you want to smack yourself for not having had put down everything on their pub day Well, Five Twenty Fives is that book, and I am angry with myself that I let than a year go by in ignorance of it s pur [...]

    18. I loved this book start to finish It wasn t a devastatingly emotional read, but I felt deeply invested in it, invested in its characters I grew to care about these soldiers, and, of course, I wanted them to make it out okay I wanted them to be whole, functioning, and at least somewhat happy people when they completed their service and I was upset when not all of them were.As much as I loved the people, they actually weren t the driving force of the book I think the main focus was actually the wa [...]

    19. This novel went from a light three stars to a strong three stars when I finished a chapter and realized I was holding my breath I want to be picky and whine about how there weren t enough of these moments but I ve never been involved in a military conflict so I ll refrain.This book is four stories told by three characters in six points of view With so much division, the POVs were kept compact and blunt which makes for an easy read and reassures one doesn t become too attached to any narrator Man [...]

    20. I was lucky enough to get a readahead copy An amazing read that captures the action and boredom of war and just as effectively catches the protagonists coping back home This is the tale of a platoon of engineers in Iraq Their job is to fill in potholes on the roads of Iraq The only problem is that the holes always conceal IED s We meet the LT, the Iraqi interpreter, the corpsman, and several NCO s I like that the story is about combat service support Marines who are in the shit just as much as t [...]

    21. Disclosure I work for the publisher This novel is a powerful, honest, and evocative The characters grab you right away, particularly Dodge, the Iraqi interpreter, and stay with you long after you re done reading The writing style is accessible but sophisticated As I read I felt the intensity of being in combat situations as well as the despair and aimlessness of returned vets, wrestling with their pasts and trying to pursue different futures I admire how the author is willing to show vulnerabili [...]

    22. No glamour, no glory Just a long battle to survive and to heal This was a beautiful book about a horrible time I usually don t enjoy alternating chapters but in this case, it worked well Each chapter revealed about the man featured and the others.

    23. The characters in this story are fictional, but their battles are real Military jargon is like abstract art It says a lot, but on a first encounter it smells like paint And in war fiction there are usually two ways to deal with it You either use it sparingly so that it gets lost and your reader gets a little electric shock every time it comes up, or you aim for dramatic effect by overusing it as Phil Klay does in OIF, a short story included in Redeployment and by pointing out its dryness and abs [...]

    24. We ve just passed the centenary of the start of World War I, which has inspired a wealth of articles, books, and commemorations I wonder, though, whether any of us are capable of really understanding that war on an individual, visceral level It s the need for this sort of understanding for a full recognition of what it is we are asking our youth to do when we send them to war that inspires the best war literature For World War I, All Quiet on the Western Front and Johnny Got His Gun are examples [...]

    25. It s hard to review this excellent book, except to say something unhelpful like It s excellent The book is fiction, of course, but since the book was written while the author, an Iraq War veteran, was studying in New Orleans and is about an Iraq War veteran who is studying in New Orleans, it s hard not to conclude that the book is an attempt to put his war experience into a form that is easily understandable by others and, possibly, himself It has certainly accomplished this worthwhile goal Plu [...]

    26. I purposely read Phil Klay s Redeployment and this book back to back, to get a well rounded understanding of the experiences of veterans While I liked the short story snapshots depicted in Klay s book, I certainly found it easier to become invested in the lives of the three main characters here in Pitre s book.This book is about a platoon assigned to fill potholes in Iraq, a thoroughly mundane, unsexy job, until you realize that every pothole first has to be cleared of bombs and there is ALWAY [...]

    27. As I read Pitra s novel about three men recently returned home from the war in Iraq, I had to constantly remind myself that I was reading fiction and not memoir Everyone in the story felt so real and so authentic You can tell Pitra himself was a soldier It s all in the details The little things like gear being much heavier at the end of the day when it has absorbed sweat and dust and is weighted down with both Those details that may seem minor added so much authenticity to the story.The characte [...]

    28. In an effort to provide full disclosure, I ll preface this review by stating that Michael Pitre is a life long friend of mine However, I have served twelve years as an officer in the Navy and have a degree in literature which, together, should serve to allow me to counter any favorable bias, to speak without hyperbole, and to not simply repeat what s been said by professional reviewers.Fives and Twenty Fives is an accurate and telling look into the events and aftermath of the Iraq war that is bo [...]

    29. This is an important book to read regardless of your opinions on the war as it adds an essential addition to the discussions we as a community have about war As a novel it tackles complex issues and gives a new look at the way we view what happened in Iraq and how we treat those who served and return Fives and Twenty Fives is debuting at an important time as we grapple with conversations about how to treat our returning veterans I am reminded of recent articles discussing how soldiers feel about [...]

    30. This book is a hard book to read Oh, it s not overly technical, too wordy, excessively intellectual, boring or anything like that It s too real, too vividly told, so close to the bone I was in tears at the end The characters are well drawn, lively people we have met, or imagine we would meet in these situations Not stereotypes, but comfortably familiar I emphasized with them, cared about them A deep study of the varieties of war, the senseless politics therein, of the difficulty in returning to [...]

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