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  • War Flower

  • My Life After Iraq
  • By: Brooke King
  • Narrated by: Christine Lakin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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Summary

Brooke King has been asked over and over what it's like to be a woman in combat, but she knows her answer is not what the public wants to hear. The answers people seek lie in the graphic details of war - the sex, death, violence, and reality of it all as she experienced it. 

In her riveting memoir War Flower, King breaks her silence and reveals the truth about her experience as a soldier in Iraq. Find out what happens when the sex turns into secret affairs, the violence is turned up to 11, and how King's feelings for a country she knew nothing about as a 19-year-old become more disturbing to her as a 30-year-old mother writing it all down before her memories fade into oblivion.

The story of a girl who went to war and returned home a woman, War Flower gathers the enduring remembrances of a soldier coming to grips with post-traumatic stress disorder. As King recalls her time in Iraq, she reflects on what violence does to a woman and how the psychic wounds of combat are unwittingly passed down from mother to children. War Flower is ultimately a profound meditation on what it means to have been a woman in a war zone and an unsettling expose on war and its lingering aftershocks. For veterans such as King, the toughest lesson of service is that in the mind, some wars never end - even after you come home.

©2019 Brooke King (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Christine Lakin is a great storyteller. Easy to listen to and has the ability to keep you drawn into the story.
The start of the book tells a gritty story of war but dips away toward the end.

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  • Dennis Strubhart
  • 28-02-20

Wow!

Amazing listen! What a great story. I truly Cannot wait for the next book to come out!

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  • Clarice
  • 04-04-22

So unfortunately TRUE

Ms Brooks' use of language was so captivating that the books should be motivating for others to read and/or hear. She has been able to shed the vail of darkness that is carried by so many of her sisters, brothers, mothers, and fathers. She worte of the horrors of war that many of us carry locked within ourselves and not able to discus. I actually recommended that my daughter listen to the book to gain some understanding of why I am who I am.

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  • Kyle waid
  • 22-03-22

Amazingly ignorant

The book is extremely brave and I do feel sorry for this soldier and her attempt at compassion. She clearly doesn't understand Islam and tries to compare herself to the innocent Iraqi people.

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  • Thom Pierson
  • 13-03-22

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  • Utente anonimo
  • 02-09-21

Thank you for your service

The pregnancy situation is more common in the military than most people know about. Brooke King is a fantastic writer but I felt the story bounce around too often. She gave little Information about a situation and then made a big jump into another issue making you wonder well wait I won't know what you were previously talking about more in-depth.

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  • Regnar
  • 23-10-20

Interesting and heartfelt

I found the story’s perspective interesting and profound. Intriguing point of view from life in base camp, to patrols and civilian life. How different similar experiences are internalized by both sexes and cultures.