4 out of 5 stars
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Sisu: Tales from the Zombie Squads is a book written by Thomas Barnes. It is an autobiography describing his life as a soldier and some of his numerous experiences. Sisu, a Finnish word, means strength and perseverance. The book gives a profound insight into the army, military, and police. It also gives an inside view of the Army CID solving crimes. This book explains in detail how certain things work in the army and police. A lot of rules and some parts of the constitution were duly explained. Thomas Barnes wrote in detail about some of the people he looked up to and some of the friends he made throughout his service. He also mentioned some of the best cases he had worked on. Some of them included cases of suicide as well as the cases involving narcotics and other hard drugs. Thomas Barnes did not fail to mention the occurrence of some bad eggs in the force.
One thing I admired about the book is the fact that Thomas Barnes took his time to tell his story and explain his experience in detail. I also loved how he gave a trigger warning before narrating a very gory site. It is necessary for those that are easily triggered. Thomas Barnes’ style of writing was really nice, and I could see myself flowing with the story he was narrating. At a point, while reading, I could imagine myself there with him reliving all the experiences he wrote about.
I genuinely liked the storyline of the book. However, one problem I had with the book was the presence of errors. The book did not appear to have been professionally edited. There were also some gory scenes that did not have a trigger warning. I guessed the writer either forgot to insert one, or he did not feel the scenes were gory enough. Nonetheless, this was such a perfect read.
I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars. The deducted star was because of the numerous errors and cuss words I was uncomfortable with. Another reason for deducting the star was because of the gory scenes I stumbled upon without a trigger warning. No other star was deducted because I genuinely enjoyed the read. If the book is re-edited, I will consider giving it a higher rating, as it is a delightful read.
I recommend this book to those that love autobiographies, those who love crime solving, and those that are fascinated with how the force works.
SISU: Tales from the Zombie Squads
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