Thursday, July 9, 2015
When I began reading this book, I was immediately hooked. I love to read adventure/survival stories because they remind me so much of my military service. In survival situations a person never knows what he/she is capable of until their life is on the line. I was an Infantryman and served for 8 years with 2 tours to Iraq. When I think about my deployments then compare them to the book, I am surprised at how similar and dissimilar my life was. Granted I went through some "event" that changed me forever, but never was I in a horrific situation like Captain Shackleton and his crew. I never had to eat dog or rub blubber over my body to stay warm, but I did have to use baby wipes to shower with because we didn't have running water for 3 months. I can understand the struggle those men went through, and I think it is a great reminder that not only Veterans can be heroes but everyday people can be as well.