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"Johnny's War" tells the story of Johnny Cutter, a 20-year-old Oregon man who joins the military in 2004. As an Army private with the amazing salary of$18,000 a year fueling his dreams, Johnny foresees a bright future that includes a new car and marriage to his girlfriend, Halley. But the Iraq war changes Johnny's plans. He survives harrowing missions in Fallujah and Baghd ...more
Paperback, 260 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Cascadia Press LLC
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Jenee Rager
I was totally not sure whether or not I would like this book. I thought the cover was amateurish, and everyone was comparing it to "Johnny got His Gun" which I did not like. Yet within the first pages of the book I was totally hooked. Based on the biographies I've read from Iraq War vets I found this book to be suprisingly accurate, which was super suprising considering that the author himself is not a vet. A realistic look at the the horrors, the cost, and the waste involved in any war I find t ...more
Beckie
This is one of the best books I've ever read. And I've read a lot of books. Jim Braly makes John Cutter, the main character in "Johnny's War" seem so real, I was surprised that he wasn't. I actually looked to see if the author was an Iraq vet and expected the novel to be semi-autobiographic. It's not at all. Jim Braly is a newspaper writer. Now he is a superb novelist.
The novel is told in three parts. The first being Cutter's time in Iraq, 2006, as a private in the American army. He is new to t
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Mirrani
As a reviewer, I must confess at the front that though my family does have military background, it is well back dealing with Korea, Japan and Vietnam and I have no personal experience with the events that take place within these pages, in modern day Iraq. I have never been to a war zone, nor have either of my parents and the stories from my grandfather, uncle, or aunt would be vastly different from those told here. This said, I found every moment of this book to be as honest as it could possibly ...more
Joann(san diego shutterbug)
I won this book as part of first reads giveaways. Omg such a gripping powerful book. When you can feel you every emotion that the main character is feeling you know its going to be a good book. Powerful & griping. Very sad ending. I cried at the end of the book. As i was reading the ending i felt that sudden grasp of air. So powerful. I didnt understand why in certain parts in jumped from one thing to the next but i as i read the book it became clear why the author chose to do that. Very wel ...more
Jennifer
This is by far one of the best books I've won on goodreads, and in fact one of the best books I have ever read. The story and the dialogue are so realistic that at times it felt like reading someone's journal. The way Johnny goes from an eager soldier to a depressed and disabled vet, literally brought tears to my eyes, as the mirrored my own experiences with a traumatized soldier. I think this book should be mandatory reading for any congressman/congresswoman before they vote for soldiers to go ...more
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Jim Braly, a former reporter and editor at newspapers in the West, is the author of the novels “Johnny’s War” and “Invade Rinse Repeat.” He’s currently writing a play about domestic violence.
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