Happy Sunday everyone! Hopefully the weather has sorted itself out for you – yesterday we had classic British weather here in Kent – rain, thunder & sunshine!! So today I have a review for you of Silent Heroes: When Love and Values Are Worth Fighting for by Patricia Furstenberg…..an emotional, heartbreaking and thought provoking story set in Afghanistan…..
An educated woman is prepared for the ultimate sacrifice in order to teach reading to the girls in her community. She leaves behind a daughter and a son whose lives become intertwined with those of the US Marines serving at FOB Day nearby. But the Taliban is infiltrated everywhere and is hard to differentiate between friend and foe. One thing is certain; the Marines can rely on their Military Working Dogs. A race against time follows in one last battle of eradicating the Taliban before it is too late.
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When the Taliban enter the small village of Nauzad, they discover a book…..one woman owns up to the ‘crime’ and pays the ultimate sacrifice. But she has prepared her children and sent them off on their own missions; where their lives will intertwine with the US Marine’s serving there….in ways you won’t imagine. As the Marine’s of FOB Day set out to make the locality safer for the locals, and to defeat the Taliban, the story takes you on an action packed, eye opening and heartbreaking adventure.
When I first started reading this I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to cope. I don’t watch films with animals, or vet programmes, or nature programmes because I can’t.…..I end up in tears; and I knew that it was inevitable that at some point one of the MWD (Marine Working Dogs) would get killed and I’d be in pieces…….and I did have a little cry so be prepared! But the relationship between the handlers and their partners, was something special – and as a dog mum, it was so real to me (hence the tears!). It’s lovely to read a story where the working dogs are also recognised, and I was surprised (but not!) that they can also suffer from PTSD.
It is clear that Patricia has done some thorough research into what it would be like in Afghanistan for the soldiers, and what they would be going through on a daily basis. The story is detailed, and gruesome at times, but tells us of a reality of some brave soldiers. My emotions were all over the place – I felt like I was there in sandy and terrifying Afghanistan with the solders & MWDs…….I was concerned about what was around the corner, sad when things happened, angry and on edge at times. Patricia does a fantastic job of bringing the story to life. Although full of action, I couldn’t help but think about the fact that, although fiction, these things really did/do happen in real life to soldiers and its heart wrenching.
As well as covering the MWDs and the soldiers storylines, we also meet Rafik and Emma Dil – two brave local children who will surprise you with their actions; as well as number of Warlords who will raise unexpected emotions in you. There were twists in here that I hadn’t foreseen and parts that were completely eye opening.
Overall a fantastic, action packed, captivating and emotional tale then will take you on a rollercoaster. Definitely recommended by me!
About the author
“Silent Heroes” is my 13th self-published book and the first work of adult fiction. My previous writings are children’s books and poetry, most of them featuring a dog or an animal. I have a medical degree, but I chose to pursue my long-life passion for writing. I reside in South Africa with my family and I coffee is my guilty pleasure.
Huge thanks to Patricia for providing me with a copy of the book in return for an honest review and for her patience. All views are my own.
Have a lovely Sunday all!