I don’t usually share/do book reviews, for a number of reasons, but I’m taking exception on the book “Living in the Shadow: PTSD, and Life Post-Deployment.”
I wanted to share the review I wrote up on Amazon regarding a book that might interest many of you. A guy by the name of Capt. Bocian, who earned a Bronze Star and Purple Heart as a part of two tours in Iraq, wrote a hell of a book on PTSD and dealing with the feeling many vets feel after they exit. It’s probably the most honest post-deployment book I’ve ever read.
Here’s my review:
This was an incredible book that nearly every veteran needs to read. The book is a searing, often painful look into living with PTSD, and even vets who didn’t see combat will relate to parts of it. Such as the feeling most of us have that we were “quitters” for getting out.
Captain Bocian provides a book that’s as honest and open as anything I’ve ever read. And he’s also a hell of a writer. Parts of the book are so riveting that they’re scary. (And I’m not even talking about the combat scenes.)
Bocian opens up his soul and shares the things that have helped him deal with PTSD, and even provides a bonus chapter on his thoughts as a veteran who sacrificed so much in Iraq only to see much of it fall into the hands of ISIS.
This is a compelling read that you won’t regret buying.
Semper Fidelis to you, Captain Bocian, and all the other veterans who are struggling with PTSD and post-separation syndrome from having departed the military.
Keep the faith,
Stan R. Mitchell
Oak Ridge, Tenn.
About me: write military action books similar to Vince Flynn, Stephen Hunter, and Tom Clancy. I’m also a prior USMC Sgt with Combat Action Ribbon, and a guy who spent 10+ years writing every day in the newspaper business — 9 of them with a newspaper that I started. Please consider subscribing for email alerts — I mostly post about American foreign policy, national security, and all things Marine Corps.