I was very impressed with this novel as Kevin Powers writes like a dream and he gives his readers a very accurate impression of what it is like to be an American soldier in Iraq, which is what he says he wanted to achieve. Sending soldiers into another country is a recurring American nightmare as politicians never learn that the internal problems of other countries cannot be solved by the use of external force. The attitude of the American soldiers towards the Iraqis is as shocking as one would expect of young men, whose primary concern is returning home alive and undamaged, the latter being impossible as there is no way of escaping the psychological damage. As impressed as I was by this novel, I am even more impressed by Ben Fountain's "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk". They are both very angry books and the anger of the authors is understandable as they have both seen combat, but the anger is expressed in different ways. Unlike Powers' novel, Fountain's take on the war in Iraq is mainly set in America, but Fountain's novel is much broader in scope and I enjoy the satirical tome.