Ranger Games: A Story of Soldiers, Family and an Inexplicable Crime by Ben Blum

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Alex Blum was a good kid, a popular high school hockey star from a tight-knit Colorado family. He had one goal in life: endure a brutally difficult selection program, become a U.S. Army Ranger, and fight terrorists for his country. He poured everything into achieving his dream. In the first hours of his final leave before deployment to Iraq, Alex was supposed to fly home to see his family and beloved girlfriend. Instead, he got into his car with two fellow soldiers and two strangers, drove to a local bank in Tacoma, and committed armed robbery...

The question that haunted the entire Blum family was: Why? Why would he ruin his life in such a spectacularly foolish way?

At first, Alex insisted he thought the robbery was just another exercise in the famously daunting Ranger program. His attorney presented a case based on the theory that the Ranger indoctrination mirrored that of a cult.

In the midst of his own personal crisis, and in the hopes of helping both Alex and his splintering family cope, Ben Blum, Alex's first cousin, delved into these mysteries, growing closer to Alex in the process. As he probed further, Ben began to question not only Alex, but the influence of his superior, Luke Elliot Sommer, the man who planned the robbery. A charismatic combat veteran, Sommer's manipulative tendencies combined with a magnetic personality pulled Ben into a relationship that put his loyalties to the test.

Title : Ranger Games: A Story of Soldiers, Family and an Inexplicable Crime
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ISBN : 0804166072
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Audio CD
Number of Pages : 0 pages


The Pfaeffle Journal (Diane) rated it ★★★★☆

December 16, 2017

Who would have thought that a newly minted Army Ranger would drive the get away car in a bank robbery. Why would a newly minted Army Ranger do such a stupid thing? Ben Blum, cousin to the newly minted Army Ranger spends a goodly amount of time trying to answer that question. To be an Army Ranger...

Brandon rated it ★★★★★

September 18, 2017

This is everything season two of SERIAL should have been. The closest thing I can think of to compare this to is actually another podcast, S-TOWN. If you loved the way that podcast broadened and deepened as it went along, starting with the promise of a true crime story that morphed into a bizarre...

Donna rated it ★★★★★

August 24, 2017

I received Ranger Games: A Story of Soldiers, Family and an Inexplicable Crime as a Goodreads giveaway. Oddly enough, I first saw the book cover when it was advertised at my local indie book store, and I told a friend then that I would probably never read that book because the cover didn't appeal...

Ron rated it ★★★★★

August 31, 2017

A very immersive, in depth look at a young Army Ranger's participation in a bank robbery, written by a cousin of the perpetrator. What starts off as something like a Manchurian Candidate for millennials broadens into a deeper look at family, identity, manipulation and the lies that exist in all o...

Mark rated it ★★★★☆

October 17, 2017

Alex Blum had dreams of becoming a Army Ranger, since he was five years old. Growing up in a close-knit family, in Colorado, he was a popular, good-looking kid, who became a hockey star in high school. He joined the Army, immediately after finishing school and was accepted into the elite Ranger p...

Ann rated it ★★★★★

September 17, 2017

I took a long road trip and took the audio book of "Ranger Games" with me. What a fantastic companion the book proved to be! Ben Blum had me going in one direction only to be turned into a contradictory one in the next moment. He is a gifted storyteller as he takes apart an amazing story of trium...

Amy rated it ★★★★☆

May 01, 2017

Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. Fascinating story with themes of brainwashing combined with admiration of and blind devotion to the Ranger Creed which leads to a bank robbery that costs what seems to be a dedicated young man his lifelong dream and almost brings an entire fami...

Kate rated it ★★★★☆

September 09, 2017

Incredibly analytical and family-oriented, this 400-page account of a 90 second crime reads as a detailed account of military training combined with a psychology textbook and memoir. Thank you to Doubleday Books for providing me with an advance copy of this title for review purposes. RANGER GAM...

Julia rated it ★★★★★

September 06, 2017

What a unique book! I fell head-over-heels for it, because it was so absorbing, and interesting. It's a true-crime type of book, but delves into the fascinating territory of character and what makes people tick. It's the story of Alex, who always wanted to be an elite Army Ranger....then, seeming...

Book rated it ★★☆☆☆

October 04, 2017

Ranger Games is worth reading, though I never felt as interested in Blum's family as he naturally is, and, in my mind, this is the trick that makes a memoir great. I also struggled with his prose style, which is clearly the product of a mathematician's mind. Some might appreciate this, as it give...

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