The Patrol: Seven Days in the Life of a Canadian Soldier in Afghanistan
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The Patrol: Seven Days in the Life of a Canadian Soldier in Afghanistan

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  54 ratings  ·  12 reviews
In 2008, Ryan Flavelle, a reservist in the Canadian Army and a student at the University of Calgary, volunteered to serve in Afghanistan. For seven months, twenty-four-year-old Flavelle, a signaller attached to the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, endured the extreme heat, the long hours and the occasional absurdity of life as a Canadian soldier in this new war...more
ebook, 272 pages
Published February 26th 2013 by HarperCollins (first published October 14th 2011)
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Nov 27, 2011 rabbitprincess rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those interested in the Canadian Forces or the war in Afghanistan
Recommended to rabbitprincess by: Ray
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A highly engrossing, very well-written account of modern warfare. The author is a reservist with the Canadian Forces and volunteers to serve a tour in Afghanistan as a signaller. This book recounts his experiences on a seven-day patrol partway through the tour, a patrol where he faced difficult tests and changed as a person.

As a history student, Flavelle is well equipped to write a smooth narrative and provide explanations where necessary (especially of the alphabet soup of acronyms t...more
Pierre LeBlanc
I'm only half-way through this book, but like my last one, it is highly engrossing. A very well written snapshot of Ryan Flavelle's experience in Afghanistan.
Flavelle's book is not one that might normally draw my eye, but I grabbed it off the bookshelf of an (armed forces) old flame, and the rewards were great. His writing isn't simple - far from it - but is clear and concise enough to befit the graveness of the scenarios he presents to us readers. A description of a seven-day slog of a treacherous foot patrol through Afghanistan, he brings us into the vaunted fold of the Canadian armed forces - but not so much so to completely pull the veil away fro...more
Dominic Richens
Being a soldier kind of sucks. They have my un-ending gratitude.
I learnt a great deal. It's honest. It's very readable and, at least so far, the best book I've about the Canadian army in Afghanistan.
I had the privledge of meeting the author and his passion and Sympathy For the life of a soldier is truly inspiring.
David Emerson
Lucid, articulate, and thoughtful writing with a distinctively Canadian perspective on the nature of military culture. I was grateful for the insights this book had to offer.
William Vandervelden
A great book. Not only a sig-op to read but any member of the CF should. It gives in site to the sig-ops role,
Engrossing, highly readable account of one canadian soldiers little slice of Afghanistan.
Michael Davie
This is an excellent book, and a must-read for any Canadian signaller.
You will like this book if you're not in the army. Otherwise not so much.
An incredible insight to life as a Canadian soldier.
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