Review by POPES M -- Letters to Sis y CW3 Cesare Giannetti, US Army (Ret)

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Review by POPES M -- Letters to Sis y CW3 Cesare Giannetti, US Army (Ret)

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[Following is a volunteer review of "Letters to Sis" by CW3 Cesare Giannetti, US Army (Ret).]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Letters to Sis by Cesare Giannetti is a memoir that follows his journey in the U.S army between the years of 1987 to 1996. During his years of service, he consistently writes letters to his loved ones. Most of his letters are written to his sister, Marisa, who he considers to be his closest loved one. These letters are incorporated into the book, hence its name.

The book starts off in 1987, with 17-year-old Giannetti on his way to basic army training. Though he faces challenges, he quickly adapts to his new environment and thrives. He then moves to an army barracks in Germany where he faces numerous adversities, as he is in a foreign country and his army duties become more and more intense. However, in true Giannetti fashion, he overcomes and thrives in this new environment, forging new friendships and some romantic relationships. His time in Germany enables him to travel the European continent and even return home for some holidays. Though he enjoys his time there, it's no doubt that he misses his family, especially his sister.

He participates in the Gulf War of 1991 and a peacekeeping mission in Bosnia in 1995 and attests to the fact that his written interactions with his sister are what kept him going. Around this time, he receives heartbreaking news centred around his sister, changing the path the story once took. Regardless of this, Giannetti remains positive and continues to write to her. Towards the end of the book, Giannetti provides readers with a more intimate look at his life, his relationship with his sister and his family. In the end, everything comes together in a full-circle moment, that left me feeling an array of emotions. However, I cannot lie and say it wasn't a good ending. It was the perfect ending to a beautiful story.

What I loved most about this book is that it was such an easy read. The story flowed so well and I must give it to Giannetti. With the many letters in the book and some flashbacks here and there, the story managed to flow. I didn't feel like I was going back and forth. I also felt like he was talking to me as I read. It was as if we were having a conversation and he was telling me his story.

As someone with limited understanding of the army, I understood what Giannetti was trying to relay, as he explained all the jargons he used in the book. For example, TOC stands for Tactical Operation Center. I never felt lost and never had to research any terms as I understood what he was talking about. He also dives into a bit of history, which helps you understand the times, but it's not too technical, making it easy to understand.

Though this book is a memoir about a guy in the army, it has some very relatable moments that most, if not all of us have gone through at a point. I related to the aspects of family he wrote about, the need to enjoy your youth, how loving someone can cause one so much pain, and so much more. This only goes to show that we as humans are connected in more ways than we know.

I also loved the fact that he included pictures in the book. It was nice to put faces to the people mentioned.

These factors, among many others, are what made the book flow in such a beautiful way and made it an easy read.

The only negative aspect is that some paragraphs were too long. This, however, was such a minute detail, as very few paragraphs were like this.

Overall, I rate the book 4 out of 4 stars. The story flowed well, it was relatable and was easy to understand and read. I see myself reading this book again in a few years. It was also professionally edited, with very few errors.

I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy non-fiction books that talk about life, its many complexities and warm moments. I would also recommend it to readers who enjoy learning more about life in the army. With that being said, the book contains infrequent vulgarity.

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Post by srushtisabale28 »

I really love how you have perfectly described the topic. thankyou for this. Helped a lot. Looking forward to reading the book.
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Post by Frankline Orwa »

Wow!The way you have described about the book just makes one curious to read the book
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A perfect review.
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Post by Shrashti_04 »

Review was pretty much good and I would loved to view the pictures which he included.
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Thanks for the review because it is informative and sightful. Talk about non-fiction war stories. I am definitely looking forward to that story because it woud help gain a better understanding of such trying moments.
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Post by Apeksha Pant »

Thanks for sharing this review, It does encourage one to read it . It so important that the story is relatable with the reader as that what generates curiosity in the characters and wants one to keep reading . Also , Thanks for mentioning the picture part. Totally agree that picture does contribute a lot when we are reading about somebody's life. Looking forward read this book.
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Post by Nancy Morara »

I didn't know I was into this type of books until I read "Private Eye ,Secret Spy by Ian Wither's and your review explains another exiting novel that I should consider reading.Thank you for your well structured review.
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Post by Rooter007 »

Wow it's amazing.The story is really good and interesting.I would like to read more books like this.
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Post by abarnswell_19 »

Review was beautifully done as I get the understanding of the story written by the author. Not a fan of non-fictions but I'll definitely become one if most are written in similar manner. Thanks for sharing your honest opinion on this book
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Post by Dhamu »

Well i think its a pretty good story about army man and every body in the world have respect for their soldiers. And i glad to read this type of literature.
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Post by Elizabeth Otieno 1 »

I love stories about the army and soldiers how they go about their lives in hardship especially in films and now I would love to go about this book and read all of it because of the review.
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Post by DandyBeingTandi »

I've been reading several books like this recently and I definitely want to read this one after reading your review!
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Post by Sruthi gollamudi »

This is a very good book on army and battles I would recommend this type of book to all the ages it gives inspiration
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Post by Charan reddy 1 »

The book describes the love and affection between the people and also to get a good relation with their loved ones.
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