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Legion of the Lost (Englisch)


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"Legion of the Lost" is a story of horrifying institutionalized cruelty, incredible suffering and amazing fortitude which aims to lay to rest the romantic myths about the French Foreign Legion for ever.

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Jaime Salazar now works for Rosen, a leading pipeline inspector, and lives in Houston, Texas. This is his first book. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Train like Rambo and party like Ozzy. A tale of extremes that is the Legion 25. Oktober 2016
Von mcowan72 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
Somewhere amidst the mid-1990s a Soldier magazine (S.O.F I think it was) found its way into my living room. That issue had published a lengthy informative article on the French Foreign Legion that I found utterly fascinating. As Full Metal Jacket and Heartbreak Ridge had done to me previously, my head began to swim with romantic ideas of ‘extreme soldiering’ and ‘sniping bad guys’.

About 10 years later extreme survivor dude Bear Grylls did a 4-part series on FFL boot camp. He and a bunch of other idiots decided it would be good TV to be filmed trying to survive the initial 4 week FFL boot camp. He was right, it made for great TV. And once again visions of white caps danced in my head.

So here I am another 10 years later and I have stumbled on to Jaime’s book. And once again I aimed to get my decade Legion fix. So that’s what I did. So here is what you need to know before purchase… You need to know what the book is and what it is not. There is a surplus of negative comments about this book as you have most likely seen. I humbly believe that those who did not care for the book did not because they were expecting something else. The book is not a military-training-life-in-the-Legion tell all per se; rather it is a personal recount of an intelligent young man searching for purpose and meaning in the French Foreign Legion. It is a story of personal discovery that unfolds as a journey of disenchantment and frustration. I found this to be relatable and enlightening.

There has been a lot of blow back on the subject of Jaime's unscheduled exodus from the Legion. Whether you think this is right or wrong is really not the point. If you take an overview off all Jaime's decisions and actions during this time and look at it for what it is, you see that he is really telling the reader that during this time he was lost and searching. Being lost often leads to less than wonderful decisions as well as an attempt to fill the void with whatever takes meaning at the time. His narrative is filled with dozens of examples of this very thing. What is important is that he tells the whole story. He needs to let the reader to know it without a sugar coating.

Now that being said, did the book have the elements that drove me to it in the first place? It did. In Jaime’s journey there was a solid account of the recruitment process, the brutish inhumane discipline, the uber-intense training; as well as a full clown-college-troupe-of-characters straight out of central casting. Pile on to that Ozzy-level partying coupled with overly debaucherous tales of bedroom lore and you have ‘Legion of the Lost’.

At the end of the day I enjoyed taking a ride on Jaime’s journey; and I think as long as you know what you are in store for, you will to. Bon appetite.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Too whiny 13. Januar 2011
Von tony324 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I bought this book mainly cause I thought that I might have something in common with Mr. salazar. Considering we have very similar youths. Also Im intrigued by the French Foreign Legion. After reading the first three chapters I came to the quick realization that we are very different. Mr. Salazar story is interesting, but he focuses too much on all the bad things that happen to him during his stint in the legion. To me it becomes obvious that this part of Mr. Salaza's life was him trying to find a meaning to his life,,,but unfortunately he is still lost at the end of his story. If he would have mentioned any good memories or anything he learned,,,then maybe I would have given this book a higher rating. This book is not worth the 12 bucks. The book on the legion by Simmon Murray is way better. If only the prices could be switched on these books. Murray's book cost 6 bucks,,,I would have paid 12 for it.
1.0 von 5 Sternen Slow and a little dull 30. Juni 2013
Von Francisco Vazquez Garcia - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
Jaime Salazar's memoir did not live up to other books in this same genre. As the most recent American to write about his time in the legion, I was excited to read his book and read about his experiences in todays Legion. However, the book is slow to take off, fails to excite, and is filled with poorly written and often seemingly fabricated dialogue. For an exciting memoir of life in the French Foreign Legion, check out Simon Murray's classic Legionnaire or Tony Sloane's Naked Soldier. Both of these Brits filled their memoirs with adventure, laughs, and excitement, and it doesn't hurt their credibility that they both fulfilled their five year contracts without deserting. Don't buy this book unless you are certain you'd like to read about the Legion from a skewed and often outsiders point of view.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen It feels made up 9. Mai 2010
Von C. Poole - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
I don't have any insight other than a gut feeling, but I think a lot of this book is fabricated or at least exaggerated. The author spends so much time describing his "elite" engineering degree and high paying job that I just can't help but think that he's completely full of it. That feeling early on in the reading just tainted everything else to a point where I couldn't really enjoy the book. I wish there was an afterword written by one of his FFL NCOs to put it in perspective.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Short on action 10. März 2014
Von John Hoenstine - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
While informative about life in the Legion today, it was entirely about training and life in garrison. One would like to see something about life in deployments. This wasn't the purpose of the book, but most buy military books to see how soldiers fight.
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