“It doesn’t get better.” This was the slogan adopted by the members of Red Platoon. They were under no illusions that life would get better at COP Keating. Their hope was that they’d be able to leave and not in a metal box.
COP Keating was a terrible place to defend. Situated in a valley, it was surrounded by cliffs that allowed the Taliban to harass them with almost no injuries to themselves. In fact, skirmishes were an almost daily fact of life. Finally, the army was ready to shut down the camp, but before that happened, they were attacked by a large force. Because the camp was being shut down, it was partially dismantled. This put the defenders at a severe disadvantage.
The novel is primarily a blow by blow description of the attack. If you like exciting war stories, you’ll like this one. However, before the attack begins the author describes the conditions in the camp and how the men occupied themselves. I found that particularly interesting. The men were well described. You felt you got to know them.
Red Platoon is a true story of heroism. I highly recommend it. Even if you’re not a fan of military stories, this one will tell you what it’s like for our forces located in hard to defend areas. It’s a glimpse of how much we owe them for their service.
I received this book from Dutton for this review.