I’m really excited to be reviewing Silent Heroes by Patricia Furstenberg! Check out my review and let me know what you think!
Special thanks to Patricia Fursteberg for the copy of her novel.
Silent Heroes by Patricia Furstenberg Publisher: Amazon (exclusive to KDP and Kindle Unlimited) Book ASIN: B07V4GMRV6 (for Kindle) Book ISBN-10: 1079754911 (for paperback) Publication date: 10 July 2019 368 pages (paperback)
How far would you go to save strangers in need? A group of Marines and their MWD, Military Working Dogs, are about to find out.
When Talibans descends in the village of Nauzad and discover girls can read, a woman accepts the blame. Her teenage daughter witnesses the sacrifice and swears revenge, her life and that of her brother becoming intertwined with those of the US Marines serving at a military base nearby.
But the Taliban is infiltrated everywhere and friends or foes are hard to differentiate. The Marines fight with bravery to protect the civilians and to fend off the Taliban lurking at the ancient Qala-e-Bost fortress, thus protecting Bost Airport, a vital strategic point for the allies.
Faced with questions about the necessity of the war, with the trauma of losing their platoon-mates and the emotional scars of battle, the Marines race against time in one last battle of eradicating the Taliban before it is too late.
The War in Afghanistan is a contemporary, vitally important conflict whose meaning needs to be understood by the public worldwide. ‘Silent Heroes’ is a narrative about the value of life and the necessity of combat; the terror of dying; the ordeal of seeing your loved ones and your platoon-mates killed in front of your eyes; the trauma of taking a human life.
Read about very well trained MWDs, military working dogs, capable of detecting the smallest traces of explosives, working in the extreme weather condition environments, under the stressful battlefield situations that is the War in Afghanistan. Smart and agile, at the end of the day what these dogs are looking forward to is the close bond they developed with their handlers, which call themselves the dog’s partners, brothers, daddies.
I’m still emotional after reading Silent Heroes. Patricia Furstenberg’s writing is concise and beautiful as she takes us through the eyes of American Soldier’s, Afghanistan people’s lives and turmoil, and the special relationship built between the soldiers and their canine partners. Admittedly, it doesn’t take much to get me emotional when I read about dogs, and to read about these silent heroes, was really incredible.
Patricia Furstenberg’s research is tight and it makes this read all the more special. It’s difficult subject matter. We take for granted what Afgahnistan’s citizens deal with. It’s a journey of brutality and humanity and it kept me glued to the pages the entire book.
Instead of focusing on just the brutality of the humans, but also the kindness. It’s really a heartfelt novel, and I’m so glad to have had the opportunity to read it. It opened my eyes to information I was not aware of and it was just beautifully written. Highly recommended!
Patricia Furstenberg is a multi-genre author, poetess and mother. With a medical degree behind her, Patricia is passionate about mind, brain and education and the psychology behind it.
“Silent Heroes” is her 13th book and her first work of adult fiction. Like in many of her previous writings Patricia found herself gravitating towards dogs and war themes. How far human sacrifice goes? Whose truly are the spoils-of-war?
Besides her books, Patricia blogs extensively and writes for various online journals. When she’s not writing or plays “mama-taxi” she loves reading, researching for forthcoming books and traveling with her family. She never counts how many cups of coffee she finishes in a day. Patricia lives happily with her husband, children and dogs in sunny South Africa.
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