Patrolling the deadly roads of south-west Baghdad, a young US soldier and his comrades face IEDs and ambushes on a near-daily basis, but the longer he is in Baghdad, the more he begins to question where to look for the real enemy.
At a dusty intersection in Baghdad, Sergeant Thomas Kirkland is seconds away from unleashing a hail of bullets on a possible suicide bomber when he's stopped by the unexpected—the piercing dark eyes of a young girl sitting on her mother's lap in the passenger seat. For a split second he'd held the life of this child and her family in his hands. Plagued by fear and anxiety, Sergeant K struggles with his own inner demons as he confronts a population around him that wishes him dead. But he confronts more than just an external enemy, as he discovers the darkness that exists not just within himself, but in his fellow soldiers.
A starkly honest and gut-wrenching account of the Iraq war from the perspective of an infantry soldier patrolling the dusty and lethal roads of south-west Baghdad. The threat of IEDs and ambushes are ever-present, but as Sergeant K and his comrades soon learn, modern war can take many shapes and forms. Grappling with a myriad of emotions—fear, anger, confusion, and anxiety—they face many external threats, but they begin to discover that the enemy within themselves can often be more challenging and dangerous than the one they were sent to fight.
"...navigates the perpetual fog of war and emerges strong on the other side, with its hero attempting to achieve inner peace while a war rages around him." ~Library Journal
"Author Kendel paints a picture of how war affects both the people of the occupied country and the warriors who interact with them." ~Military Writers Society of America
"Casemate has a long history of publishing high quality military history non-fiction. Lately, they have expanded their range of work to include well written novels using wartime settings." ~WWII History Magazine
"...just as post-WWII fiction offered foxhole-level observations, this book offers Humvee-window-level observations." ~Historical Miniatures Gaming Society