Friday, August 20, 2010

From Baghdad, with love : Lieutenant Colonel Jay Kopelman

They were tough, they were focussed, they gave no quarter in one of the most dangerous places on earth - but the members of the First Battalion, Third Marines in Fallujah, Iraq at the beginning of the American invasion lost their hearts when they met the abandoned pup they named Lava.
Suddenly, in all the mayhem of war and danger, they had something small, precious and furry to love, fuss over and look after - just what they needed.They would do anything for the little pup, keeping him on the base against the rules, lavishing him with love and food and eventually going through the hoops that would hopefully allow Kopelman to take him home to the States rather than abandoning him.
A fellow dog-loving friend recommended this book and I'm so glad she did. Kopelman writes so well and captures the dangers and difficulties of his life at the time, as well as the humour. It's obvious these tough men relished - and needed - the light relief this little dog gave them.
Rating - I give this 4/5
Get this from the library
Reviewed by Jan @ Ballarat

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