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His chronicles are not only enlightening as to what it was like to be a soldier in Iraq, but he has worked on some Ghosts of War is the story of Ryan Smithson, a boy who joined the military upon high school graduation.

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Ghosts of War is the story of Ryan Smithson, a boy who joined the military upon high school graduation. I just can’t say enough about this book. After his service of his first tour in Iraq, he describes how he feels when he returns, he feels something unexpected. At the end of the chapter Ryan gets a letter freom his dad explain everything that had been going on back home. Then this one little kid is just coming of the fields from working to provide for his family, he comes up asking for water and Ryan gives him a Gaterade instead.

All of a sudden he starts doubting all of this and is thinking that joining the military might have been a mistake, but he sucks it up in the end. The book ends with his return home and the difficulty in adjusting to life again, after living in a combat zone, and how he used writing as therapy for PTSD. I have learned so much about war terms and how much people in the united states take things for granted.

He is a young man from Albany who has returned from Iraq in or 5.


I appreciated the fact that he was able to heal from his experience through a creative writing class which became his book, which could send a powerful message to kids that writing can be theraputic.

In the beginning of the book, humor was very scarce. While they are flying done the dirt road they spot an IED on the side, they speed up and try to get by it as fast as possible. Some of the experiences related left me tearing up, and some had me cracking up with laughter. He talks about the edge of his seat experiences in avoiding IEDs, some real and some fake.

Ghosts of War: The True Story of a Year-Old GI by Ryan Smithson

It touched my heart from page one and didn’t stop, even after I put the book down. Aug 05, Briony rated it really liked it Ryn I haven’t sent ryxn letter or a care package, nothing. When he came home, he went to college on the GI Bill and began writing about his war experiences. They learn about the shifts and hours to sleep as well. On one hand teachers were pushing that ‘know what you want to do for the rest of your life’ attitud This is honestly one of the best books about war I have ever read.

Hgosts is a Marine who served two tours in Iraq. I can also understand how some of the soldiers must feel not being able to help. He currently works for I am going to break the book down into different categories to rate it. Your display name should be at least 2 characters long.

In this chapter Ryan and the rest of the platoon are finally going home. At Kobo, smithsson try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information.

His emotions change while in Iraq; his emotions coming into Iraq were different than the emotions when he exited. In the chapter Ryan is at his parents house for dinner and his mother askes him was he ever in combat over in Iraq and he answers with, “Do you really want to know. Feb 15, Ami rated it really liked it. I am like Ryan Smithson in the way that I want to serve my country, and most likely join the United States Military after high school.


He explains that when they got home Haley looked so misserable and down that he decided to put her to sleep. It also shows the hardships of being a soldier, what you’ll have to sacrifice, what the dangers you’ll face being in the military, and especially when you’re half a world away from your loved ones.

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Ghosts of War: The True Story of a 19-Year-Old GI

The usual standard operating procedure was to ignore or injure those who came too close. I know I felt that way when I listened to recruiters in high school; but as I said, now my opinion is very different.

The writing structure was easy to read through and unique, I give it a rating of 5 out of 5. While some of the guys are playing poker their commander walks in and looks stressed out.

This is a flashback to when Ryan was in training. No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks! The True Story of a Year Ryan Smithson served with the Army Corps of Engineers from — in Iraq where he conducted road repair, base fortifications, and various earth-moving operations. It smithsn not totally what he expected, he had an idea. Books by Ryan Smithson.