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Lines in the Sand: An American Soldier's Personal Journey in Iraq

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For F. Scott Service, a five-minute phone call one peaceful morning was all it took. Faced with the terrible dichotomy of his moral opposition to war and an innate sense of duty, little did he realize that when he was called for deployment in Iraq that his would be a tour of duty destined to change him forever.

Witnessing the violence of a country ravaged by chaos and
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Paperback, 442 pages
Published July 7th 2015 by Mill City Press, Inc.
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Jay
Lines in the Sand. I’m not certain how I first learned about this memoir. Self-published by the author, it does not seem to have gotten broad exposure judging from Goodreads and a quick Google search. The subtitle promises to detail “an American soldier’s personal journey in Iraq.” F. Scott Service does deliver on that promise in a series of journal entries stretching from January 6, 2004 and ending on February 27, 2005. He also includes an Epilogue and an Afterword in which he discusses the ...more
Doreen Petersen
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: post-wwii
Received this from Netgalley. Excellent read on the various effects on our soldiers being sent into a war zone. We owe it to our veterans to read this to better understand their needs and just to be there for them. A definite must read!!!
Kristan Campbell
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lines In The Sand by F. Scott Service is an honest and insightful glimpse into the harrowing experience of a war that, to many United States citizens, has been viewed from afar as illogical. Based on the journals he kept during his deployment in Iraq, the journey that Service took as a soldier— torn by the conflicted feelings of dedication to peace and to his duty to his fellow soldiers—is revealed with the details of daily life that I don’t believe have been captured before. The day-to-day ...more
Robin
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Unbelievably authentic, evocative, and insightful. The observations of a modern and conflicted American military experience along with the heart break of the author's personal turmoil make for quite the compelling read. The subject matter is obviously heavy but the style of writing and tone of the memoir keep it approachable. It's like having a long meaningful chat with a veteran over a couple of beers. A powerful reminder of the varied and far reaching effects of combat and the countless untold ...more
KC Day
Sep 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone interested in PTSD, war stories, the transcendence of the human spirit
This book shines on many levels. Rich and abundant in varied themes from descriptive and informative,to deeply emotional and profoundly philosophical,this book cleans under the couch to reach the hidden dirt on life in a war zone. The unique on -the-spot journaling,done in the midst of war,gives the reader a front and center, very real and present view through the eyes of the author at each moment. His visceral descriptive style pulses through the pages breathing life into the text. I didn't ...more
Blaise Morita
Citizen turned solider F. Scott Service waxes and wains on the obligations of a conscientious objector yet die-hard patriot. Interspersed with journal entries and moments of self-discovery, Lines in the Sand: An American Soldier's Personal Journey in Iraq captures one man's attempt to understand war and it's role in shaping his life.

*Review to be updated upon receipt and completion of book.
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Scott or as his friends call him, Scotty, lives in New England.

Having earned a Bachelor’s degree in Professional Communication, he has had experience with editing, journalism, desktop publishing, videography, and is a full-time author.

He enjoys cooking with an emphasis on Indian, Thai, Russian, Czechoslovakian, Hungarian, Chinese, Spanish, Middle Eastern (especially Algerian, Iraqi, and
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