Read Brave Deeds Online Free - From Fobbit author David Abrams, Brave Deeds is a powerful novel of war, brotherhood, and America. Spanning eight hours, the novel follows a squad of six AWOL soldiers as they attempt to cross war-torn Baghdad on foot to attend the funeral of their leader, Staff Sergeant Rafe Morgan. In an inhospitable landscape, these men recall the most ancient of warriors while portraying a cross section of twenty-first century America—sometimes strong, sometimes weak, but subject to the same human flaws as all of us.
Drew is reliable in the field, but unfaithful at home. Cheever, overweight and whining, is a friend to no one—least of all, himself. Specialist Olijandro, or O, is distracted by dangerous romantic thoughts of his ex-wife. Fish’s propensity for violence is what drew him to the military and could be a catalyst for the day’s events. Park is the quiet one, but his quick thinking may make him the day’s hero. And platoon commander Dmitri “Arrow” Arogapoulos, is stalwart, yet troubled with questions about his own identity and sexuality. As the six march across Baghdad, their complicated histories, hopes, and fears are told in a chorus of voices that merge into a powerful portrait of the modern war zone and the deepest concerns of us all, military and civilian alike. Moving, thoughtful, funny, and smart, Brave Deeds is a gripping story of combat and of brotherhood, and an important addition to the oeuvre of contemporary war fiction.
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March 24, 2017
"We wonder how it could have gone so wrong so fast"
A short and compact but telling evocation of modern war: Abrams chooses to use a group voice here rather than differentiating the individual voices of the small group of men who go AWOL to attend the memorial service of their dead sergeant.
July 23, 2017
When our son threw over his obsession with dinosaurs for WWII and later 20th c wars I found myself entering new territory.
For someone who couldn't stand to watch violence, whose high school classes didn't even get to WWI, I found myself watching war movies and reading a lot of war books. At first...
March 31, 2017
3* but almost a four. I am wavering on this one a little bit.
I would like to thank Netgalley for my ARC of this book for an honest and unbiased opinion.
The story focuses on a group of six American soldiers in Baghdad. They have gone AWOL in a stolen Humvee to attend the memorial service...
February 05, 2017
One of the odd things about America's long and fruitless military operations in Iraq is that most Americans don't know a great deal about it. What I mean by saying that is this: I can go to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and show you around the battlefield there, point out all of the major landmarks,...
November 16, 2017
"We double-time across Baghdad on our twelve feet, a mutant dozen-legged beetle dashing from rock to rock, confident in its shell but always careful of the soft belly underneath."
One of the bravest of the brave deeds in "Brave Deeds" may be the daring decision to narrate the book in the first per...
August 30, 2017
I'm not even sure how this wound up on my library holds list, because I will be the first person to admit I don't like reading war stories, even the really well-written ones like Tim O'Brien's Vietnam War classic The Things They Carried (1990). War stories are uncomfortable, they are harsh, they...
August 09, 2017
After I first read FOBBIT years ago, I’ve been anxiously waiting for David Abrams to follow it up with something equally spectacular. With his second novel, BRAVE DEEDS, Abrams does not disappoint. In fact, in my opinion, BRAVE DEEDS not only captures the same unique magic of his first effort, bu...
September 18, 2017
A single military unit of 6 men sneaks off base for the sole purpose of attending their leader's memorial service which in the imperfect sense of U.S. government decision-making is being held at another base. Events become ridiculously comical and life threateningly serious in turn as the group t...
July 22, 2017
I won this book on Goodreads, and I was kind of leery to read it. I am so glad I did, however. This is a story of six AWOL Army men who travel across Baghdad to go to their sergeant's memorial service. It tells how it is to walk across enemy country and the things they face. There are many hardsh...
October 20, 2017
I enjoyed this book a lot; it’s like a hybrid of “Black Hawk Down”, the “Hangover”, and “House to House”. I dug its authenticity. When Abrams puts a line in there like “The Camelback water is warm and tastes like the inside of tires,” after the NCO tells everyone to stay hydrated, I could feel th...