Official Review: Hope is a Weapon by John Kelling

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Official Review: Hope is a Weapon by John Kelling

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[Following is an official review of "Hope is a Weapon" by John Kelling.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Life is full of uncertainties. However, there is a weapon called hope, and this four-letter word can move mountains and even hills. War experiences are usually told from the soldier's perspective, but the author offers a fresh and unique spin on the same experience – by telling it from the author's perspective. This is the summary of Hope is a Weapon by John Kelling.

Rod Martin and Hope Martin's eldest son, Charlie Martin, was about to be deployed with 4000 soldiers from the Iowa and Nebraska National Guard to fight the Taliban in the Middle East for nine months. This service to the country was not just about him; his family was involved. Hope was the tool belt they had. It is Rod's wife's name, but it stood for more. Will Charlie and the rest that were deployed for this mission make it back alive?

I must first admit that this book is a joy to read, and the author's ability to replicate consciousness into text is exceptional. Besides, the book is brutally honest, refreshing, and informative. I commend the real-life experiences and images in the book. The myriad of sacrifices of Iowans is admirable. The author also discusses the negative stereotypes surrounding the American military in the 70s, helping the readers to understand the glaring transformation. And the brief history of Massey Ferguson is also eye-opening.

I love how Hope is a Weapon was packed with realistic accounts of the war, yet without gory battle scenes. The author describes even the smallest details, such as sounds and emotions on the battlefield and the proper procedure for deploying troops. Also, the daily challenges of loneliness, sickness, and sleep during wartime were highlighted. I found it interesting that he explained the impacts of the internet in warfare and American military regimentation's general principles.

There is nothing I dislike about the book as it is professionally edited. Readers that enjoy unique war journals will love this book. However, there were a few minor grammatical and punctuation errors, but they did not affect my reading experience.

This is a fantastic book, and one can only be impressed by what the author has achieved with the elicit knowledge in this masterpiece. At the same time, it conveys invaluable lessons about the contrast difference between the military in the 1970s and now. It is a mental roller coaster that could change your entire perspective of the military. Therefore, I rate Hope is a Weapon by John Kelling 4 out 4 stars.

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Post by Vannaskivt »

I'm not much into books about war or fighting but I like that this author puts in the emotional perspective. Thank you for the review.

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Thank you for the recommendation and great job with the review!

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Post by Anthony__ »

Thank you for reviewing this book. I was captivated by your review. I will definitely read this book.

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Post by Melexa »

Hope is indeed a weapon, and it gives us the staying power through the storms of life. I hope Charlie and his team made it back alive.
Thanks for this beautiful review, it piqued my interest in this book.

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Post by maxiphemmax »

I love the theme of this book, hope is indeed a powerful weapons. I've seen people journey several obstacle with different barriers and all what they could mutter on is hope. Good job by the author for writing such a error free book. And thanks for this review. It's superb.

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Post by Tarilan »

Good job on the engaging review. I will give it a try. Thanks for the recommendation.

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Post by Veraok »

Your review indeed made this book a captivating one. I think I would want to read this book someday

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Post by UncleP »

This is a very inspiring and eye opening book. I enjoyed every bit of this review. Thanks for taking time to write this.

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