Can’t Wait Wednesday: 10th May, 2017

Canโ€™t Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings and spotlights upcoming releases.

It is April 2003. American forces have taken Baghdad and are now charged with winning hearts and minds. But this vital tipping point is barely recognized for what it is, as a series of miscalculations and blunders fuels an already-simmering insurgency intent on making Iraq the next graveyard of empires.

In dazzling and propulsive prose, Brian Van Reet explores the lives on both sides of the battle lines: Cassandra, a nineteen-year-old gunner on an American Humvee who is captured during a deadly firefight and awakens in a prison cell; Abu al-Hool, a lifelong mujahedeen beset by a simmering crisis of conscience as he struggles against enemies from without and within, including the next wave of far more radicalized jihadists; and Specialist Sleed, a tank crewman who goes along with a “victimless” crime, the consequences of which are more awful than any he could have imagined.

Depicting a war spinning rapidly out of control, destined to become a modern classic, Spoils is an unsparing and morally complex novel that chronicles the achingly human cost of combat.

 Why I Can’t Wait:

I love books about war because I want to learn more about these conflicts, and Brian Van Reet actually served in the US Army during the Iraq War so I think this will be such an interesting read.

Release Date: 18 May 2017

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  About the Author

Brian Van Reet was born in Houston and grew up there and in Maryland. Following the September 11 attacks, he left the University of Virginia, where he was an Echols Scholar, and enlisted in the U.S. Army as a tank crewman. He served in Iraq under stop-loss orders, achieved the rank of sergeant, and was awarded a Bronze Star for valor. After an honourable discharge, he studied at the University of Missouri and later the University of Texas. 


  1. Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

    10 May 2017 at 2:02 PM

    I’m not sure this one is for me, but I hope that you enjoy it. Have a great week!
    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

    1. scorpiobookdreams

      10 May 2017 at 2:04 PM

      I think it will be a book that some will avoid and some will love!

  2. Lisa Mandina (Lisa Loves Literature)

    10 May 2017 at 3:54 PM

    Okay, pretty sure this is one that I will have to get for the high school library where I work with the synopsis, especially the fact that it is prose! Thanks for bringing it to my attention!
    Check out my CWW

    1. scorpiobookdreams

      10 May 2017 at 4:03 PM

      That sounds like a great idea!

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