Each of the stories in this collection bring a different viewpoint or side to the wars. She ranges on who the main character A Perspective on the Wars Flashes of War by Katey Schultz is a great read for someone who is interested in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, who doesn't want to fully immerse themselves in research. She ranges on who the main character, from US soldiers to families of US soldiers, to the Iraqis, and children.
She makes the characters seem like they are real people and real stories that actually happened, even though she is writing them as fiction. She makes them seem so real with her graphic imagery and detail that is put into her work. A few of the stories that really stood out to me as a reader showed multiple perspectives. Each of the stories that I mentioned above are just examples of what Shultz writes about. The thing you have to be able to keep in mind while reading these pieces of work, is that they are in fact fiction.
So as the reader you can not just base everything you know about the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq off of theses stories because they may not be entirely accurate. Flashes of War was an excellent book of short stories to read about the wars. She used her writing skills to make these fictional stories come alive and seem like real war stories. I personally feel that she did an amazing job at capturing all sides of wars. As you read you just need to keep in mind that though these stories may seem very believable and real that they are fiction but were written with intelligence of what is actually happening in the war.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn about the war at a different perspective than we are used to seeing, reading and hearing about the wars. Apr 26, Christopher Winbourne rated it really liked it. Flashes of War by; Katey Schultz is a great book comprised of short stories bouncing from US soldier to middle eastern civilian.
The stories themselves are not long but each will grip your attention and make you contemplate it deeper. Some may be too long and dragged out for example Getting Perspective is eleven pages about a woman whose husband left for the war and never came back to her and their child.
This story kept your attention by having small pictures of soldiers between paragraphs, bu Flashes of War by; Katey Schultz is a great book comprised of short stories bouncing from US soldier to middle eastern civilian. This story kept your attention by having small pictures of soldiers between paragraphs, but if you need to add something like that to your short story to keep someone interested in it then it may be too long. I am not saying it is a bad one I personally found it interesting to view war from the loved one's perspective but it could have ended earlier or brought down to less pages.
The first story in the book is short but in the shortness it brings about an exciting action tale of a seal fighting insurgents along a river bank. For example That Sunday Morning Feeling talks about a soldier who returned home and what he does and loves about every sunday morning with his family. Viewing multiple perspectives like this can be difficult for some to keep interested but I believe younger audiences will like this book especially if their thoughts are of joining the military one day.
It will give them perspective on how life at war is like for the soldier and for the opposing force. Along with the ones they leave at home waiting for the day when they return to loving arms. This books could have been written by numerous people or veterans, but Mrs. Schultz gives in great detail stories that are so close to reality they almost do not even seem works of fiction.
This book was a great read and written in great detail, some minor adjustments could have been made to keep the reader on track but overall it seemed to flow nicely from story to story. Apr 22, Dylan Adams rated it it was amazing. Most of the time the material we read is bland and not the most exciting. Yet that was not the case for Flashes of war by Katey Schultz , which I have been reading in my Analysis of Literature class.
In my opinion, Flashes of war, was a very well written collection of fiction short stories, that embrace all aspects of the War on Terror.
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Schultz does an excellent job of encompassing multiple viewpoints from which war is seen, as well as the experiences that go along with them. All though it is fiction, you can tell that she took her time and did many hours of research to make these short stories as accurate as possible. This style of writing that Schultz takes on makes her like a messenger for those that have been involved in some type of war conflict.
Lastly, she helps civilians understand war better and see what the men and women fighting with our country deal with. Even though Schultz has many positives to go along with her book, there are some negatives. The first thing I picked up while reading the stories were that many did in fact take the viewpoint of American soldiers, the reason I think this is negative is because it created a bias towards the US.
Another limitation would be that it not for the sensitive reader. Some of the stories can get very revealing and graphic. For example there is a love scene that is described somewhat vividly, as well as a roadside bomb accident that is graphic and gory. Overall, Schultz did a great job with writing this book and reveals a wealth of knowledge for anyone who reads it. It is an easy read as most stories are only a couple of pages, so it doesn't take more than five minutes to read one. I would recommend this to anyone especially civilians interested in learning about war; yet, like I mentioned it can get graphic and revealing.
In that case I recommend this book to mature audiences, such as kids in high school, adults, and it would even be great for war veterans. If you are interested in seeing the other side of war I suggest you read this book. Apr 27, Stephanie rated it really liked it. These small insights add up to provide an all-encompassing understanding of the situation with regards to the war. The author definitely appears to have done her research, or to have an extremely active imagination. Initially, I believed the stories were all true accounts. In tone Schultz finds that refreshing balance between U.
The short stories cast an array of emotions, most leave traces of melancholy or bittersweet. After reading this book, I have the vague and indefinable feeling, that somehow I have a closer connection to the war and a better understanding of its effects. Apr 22, James Dixon rated it it was amazing.
In this collection of short stories about the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, author Katey Schultz, who never served in either of the these conflicts, does a wonderful job in giving the reader an unbiased glimpse into the personal experiences of all who were affected by these wars. Her stories are fiction but based on truth and reality of war that some other writers tend to miss when writing on the same topic.
For example, some other writers tend to either romanticize or demonize fictional war stories; I found Schultz avoided this. Yet the same effect could be used in reverse where the author demonizes this topic. Where instead of that, Schultz just tells the story of a soldier with a seeming simple mission.
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I also found it very interesting to read the shorts she wrote from the Iraqis or Afghans perspective, their stories are important too and need to be told even if it's through realistic fiction. Apr 22, Robert Hines rated it it was amazing. This book is different from many others, and that is because it is giving a different insight than most books do. It tells stories from during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, but from multiple different angles.
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It gives viewpoints from each side fighting, but also the viewpoints from helpless citizens that have been caught in the middle of the brutality, with nothing to do but wait and see what else happens. It tells war stories, and stories from soldiers, stories that we get to see from their point of view, we get to see what they have gone through, a picture painted much more imaginable than ever before.
There is much controversy when these stories are told though. I believe that she can write what she wants. With this being said, at the end of the day, the story is still fiction so technically, she can write about whatever she wants, in whatever way she chooses to portray it. What I also noticed while reading the story is that Schultz is a bit biased towards the United States as she writes her stories.
It could just be the way that the information was given to her, if it was made out to seem like the United States are the good guys. At the end of the day, I could go online and do some research and get all the information that was given to us in these stories, but the way Schultz tells it is quite simply, amazing. With the language and the word choice she uses, she does seem to make it like she was there, even though she was not.
She put in all the time and effort, just to tell stories that would otherwise go untold if it were not for Schultz. Apr 25, Brant Wilkinson rated it it was amazing. Flashes of War by Katey Schultz offers an emotional experience by presenting the reader with short stories that revolve around war. Flashes of War will be a good read for you if you enjoy reading: succinct and digestible stories, powerful imagery, and subject matter that has been thoroughly researched.
This book is divided into many short stories.
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Some as short as one page, and the longest spanning less than a dozen or so pages. If you enjoy reading short stories, that get to the point quickly t Flashes of War by Katey Schultz offers an emotional experience by presenting the reader with short stories that revolve around war. If you enjoy reading short stories, that get to the point quickly than you will enjoy this book. The subject matter is widely varied and from a variety of different viewpoints, but remains focused on an overarching theme of war.
There are stories that revolve around American soldiers, Iraqi children, and Afghani women just to name a few. This spread in perspective was a welcome sight for myself; however, if you like your novels to focus around a grand central story with main characters you may not find this book appealing. Katey Schultz excellent use of imagery is apparent throughout the book. The stories described the desert heat in great detail, in one of the stories a bottle of water although warm seemed to be absolutely thirst quenching to me, the reader. I enjoy books that have the ability to have such vivid imagery; however, her prose also has the power to cause one to become quite downtrodden.
Some of the stories encompass love and loss, and life and death, moreover making the tone of the overall book quite grim. It must be noted that I found these stories were best read in short sittings, as it was easy for me to become sensitive to the rather depressive material. I say this just as a precaution, and others may not have the same trouble.
Her intense research and passion for this subject matter is tangible. Although a book of fiction Katey Schultz is able to tell stories with an expert level of prose and powerful imagery which translated to a thoroughly enjoying read. Apr 22, Conor Sherman rated it it was amazing. But once I actually opened it and started reading I could not put the book down!
She not only writes as if she was there in the scene seeing everything happen at once, but also makes you, the reader, feel like you were standing right next to her also apart of the action. The way she does it is by using very descriptive detail. In every story in the book, Schultz draws out everything so clearly for everyone to picture.
She describes setting with not only where it is, but also what the weathers like, trees that are losing their leaves in the middle of the fall, scorching heat shining down from the blazing sun, just little things that build up the whole picture for setting. Swaringon so vividly.
Not only does she say what item he has, but also mentions the brands, how many of each, stuff that you and I would not see as that important but are. Katey Schultz did more than enough to catch the reader's attention with all of her stories. Whether you approved of the War or not, and whether you enjoy reading stuff on the war, you have to give credit where credit is deserved.
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Apr 25, Conner Rose rated it it was amazing. Flashes of War is book written by Katey Schultz who is a developing writer that is from Portland,Oregon. The book Flashes Of War is composed of a series of short stories from multiple perspectives all centered around war. The stories within in the book are written well and at first read would appear to be the first hand accounts of someone who has bee Flashes of War is book written by Katey Schultz who is a developing writer that is from Portland,Oregon. The stories within in the book are written well and at first read would appear to be the first hand accounts of someone who has been affected by war.
However, Katey Schultz is not a veteran, this is where I run into a problem with the book. When I found out that schultz was not actually affected by the war I personally felt that her stories had lost their legitimacy. Despite the fact that I thoroughly enjoyed all the stories in the book I feel that they are lacking in authenticity. It is clear to me that Schultz has a high level of respect for not only American Soldiers but Afghani and Iraqi citizens.
Stories such as First Commander on page 87 describes the effects of war from the perspective of an Iraqi child. Although the stories appear to accurately portray the different perspectives I can not escape the fact that they are fiction. If I was a veteran or an Iraqi citizen that had been affected by war I would be Insulted that Shultz was writing about something she had not experienced.
I, like Schultz am not a veteran, so I can not speak for veterans as a whole. I would recommend this book to anyone who is enjoys a good fiction book about the wars in the Middle East. I would especially encourage veterans to read this book so they can form their own opinion about the stories. Having said that I would not recommend the book to someone who is trying to gain an understanding of what actually occurs in war. For this I would recommend a book written by someone who has served in the military. Apr 22, Robert Bach rated it really liked it.
A Fantastic Fictitious War Story Flashes of War is a book full of inspiring short stories from the point of view of American soldiers as well as Iraqi and Afghani civilians during the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. The most interesting point about this book is that I was written by a woman who has no connection or experience with veterans or survivors of that time.
As some see that as a major flaw and even an insult, I view it as one of the book's strongest traits. She took the time to resear A Fantastic Fictitious War Story Flashes of War is a book full of inspiring short stories from the point of view of American soldiers as well as Iraqi and Afghani civilians during the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. She took the time to research and reach out to veterans and their family members to help influence her book and in the end, even with no prior experience, was able to capture many different views along with the waves of emotion that complement each story.
I have read many war stories, primarily from soldiers and sailors of WW2, and almost all of them come from the view of a single individual in a larger unit. While this isn't always a problem it doesn't give you an overall view of the experiences that the unit faces individually. Schultz fixes this issue by providing many views among very different people on and off the battlefield. I would rate this book 4 stars as it is a great read with a sea of emotional and inspiring stories about experiences that a select few face and schultz tries her best to capture these experiences with no prior knowledge herself and manages to hit it home rather well.
My only complaint would be that she tries a bit too hard on some of the stories she writes and sometimes I found it a bit unbelievable. Overall the book was very good and I would recommend it to military enthusiasts and students alike. Apr 22, Daniel rated it really liked it. It offers incredibly touching insights into the modern war experience, not only for American soldiers, but also for their families, fighters of the opposition, local families caught in the middle, and for almost any point of view you can think of.
Her stories feel real, and bear some weight despite their often concise nature, some of which are barely more than a page. These raw snapshots into the lives of warriors of all types, be they soldiers or families or loved ones or even just children on the street, feel incredibly substantial. In a few of these stories, she seems to be trying too hard to delve into the mind of veterans. The beauty of many of her stories is that they are very to the point, their poignancy and believability comes from their simplicity.
They are a good reminder that this book was written by someone who has never seen combat, nor has immediate family with experience in these wars. This book was written quite well to my way of seeing things by a total civilian seeking to understand what the effects of the war have been. I think that this adds extra to the value to the book, since most of us can not actually relate directly to any of the experiences. She did a lot of research according to herself anyway , and whether the reader is a civilian who has always wondered, or a veteran who has lived it, this book inevitably offers some view that the reader has not thought of before.
This book starts the discussions about the war that everyone should have. I could see myself recommending this book to friends who just like short stories, to war buffs, to veterans just to hear their thoughts, or to anyone who just loves to read. Apr 25, Connor Murphy rated it really liked it. It was almost an uncomfortable book to read at times which just goes to show it is a very powerful read, but just not my cup of tea. Katey Schultz does a very good job portraying the emotion behind the war on all sides, and does a good job to stay unbiased.
She shares facts through short stories about both Iraqis, Afghans and Americans that show the hardships and emotional stress they have to go through, and it makes you realize all people involved in the wars were affected in similar ways. Although she has no combat experience or anything of the sort, she does a fantastic job in getting the points and emotions across that she intended.
Coming home is what every soldier looks forward to and works for. He tries to go out and be himself but nothing at home is the same. Overall it was an extremely well written book and it brings you to a place you may not want to go. It shows the bad side of war and the permanent effects it can have on families, civilians, and veterans alike. Apr 26, Andrew DeCarteret rated it it was amazing. Flashes of War by Katey Schultz did an exceptional job with incorporating what the war on terror is really like.
Schultz, does a good job in giving us a few different views of how people see war, along with some of the experiences that people have had. Examples include the perspective of someone actively in War, someone that is impacted but not associated with War, someone recovering from War, and many more. Despite the fact that the stories are fiction, it is evident that she did a good job in Flashes of War by Katey Schultz did an exceptional job with incorporating what the war on terror is really like. Despite the fact that the stories are fiction, it is evident that she did a good job in making them accurate.
The writer uses an interesting style of writing that almost portrays her as a messenger of sorts for people in times of war. She uses a very good appeal to the emotional side of the reader by connecting with the characters. There are gruesome and difficult parts in some of the short stories that make the reader relate more to the characters. Lastly, she does a good job in helping civilians really comprehend what war is and what the soldiers have to go through.
The biggest issue was that the majority of the viewpoints were from that of an American soldier which creates a bias towards America. Another minor issue was that the stories could be exceptionally graphic and violent which might not always be a good way for certain readers to comprehend something. In conclusion, the writer does an overall good job in giving the reader an opportunity to learn about what war is. The writing is a relatively easy read while at the same time it still provided a good amount of knowledge for the readers. As far as recommendations, I would say this is a great writing to read if anyone wanted to really see the workings of war, however the violence in the stories might appeal more to young adults.
Apr 22, Steven Sullivan rated it liked it. Katey Schultz was not a soldier herself but writes in the view of soldiers and what they are going through. Although I think this book is well written and has strong content it does not mean I agree with all of the ideologies portrayed in it. This book is easy to read because the the stories are so short. You can easily read it piece by piece in little breaks throughout the day. This book uses adult language and violent situations but I would recommend this book to high school readers.
It is a good way to show kids who have not really been exposed to what is really is going on overseas and what has happened. This is a good introduction to what is happening because although the stories are violent and heart wrenching they are fiction. The younger readers will be able to get a view of how nasty war is without being exposed to stories of real people.
Although most of these stories are mostly pro war they often portray a view of weakness and sorrow. War is ugly, people are going to die, people are going to get injured, and the civilians are not going to like the fact the war is happening around them. This are well written stories and are a good way to show the younger generation what is really going on. Other than that I would not recommend this book to people who are looking for legitimate outlooks on the war.
I believe those should look more to a nonfiction story told by soldiers who have been there. View 1 comment. Apr 22, Kyle rated it really liked it. War is tough, but this assortment of full length and short stories is wonderful. Katey Schultz does ample amounts of research in order to create each fictional piece that all tell different stories, and it shows. This book is filled with a mixture of perspectives whether it be soldiers - male or female, I War is tough, but this assortment of full length and short stories is wonderful.
This book is filled with a mixture of perspectives whether it be soldiers - male or female, Iraqis, children or loved ones at home. Schultz does an impressive job compiling all of these stories together to create a realistic picture in the reader's head. She makes the events and characters seem as if they actually happened and as if they were real.
It was hard to pick a story that I enjoyed the most in the book, but a few that caught my eye literally where Home on Leave, Just the Dog, and Deuce Out. Home on Leave dealt with the trouble a young soldier faces when he returns home to his family, he feels like the world's been moving without him. Just the Dog was a shorter story but got the message across, the man and dog had a connection like no other; he could tell what his dog was thinking without using words. After reading Flashes of War cover to cover I would highly recommend this book to anyone.
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Schultz brings the characters and their stories to life even though they are simply a work of fiction. Apr 25, Josh DeSousa rated it it was amazing. I like the way the book was compiled, the different perspectives, and they way the author made each story significant. One of the reasons was it was numerous short stories and not a full work. The short stories made it a lot easier to take and understand.
And for example, if one story didn't make sense, it doesn't matter for the following stories to make sense. They are all individual thoughts. Another thing I enjoyed were the different perspectives involved in the book. It went from the perspective of the citizens of Iraq to the American soldier to the widow wife of an American soldier. Even though I feel like the book leaned against the American forces a tad, it is important to view the other side of our wars. One of the stories in the Flashes of War I really enjoyed were about the two Afghani boys who snuck into the soccer stadium at night to play.
The boy, the orphan, shared a little bit of the horrific acts he witnessed, and it kind of gave a gentle insight on what went on over there, in the perspective of a innocent child. Each story has significance too. Because each one has a different perspective, each story is significant in a different way. Such as, for the perspective of an American soldier to perspective of an Iraqi child. The American soldier would probably express the issues and feeling of fighting the war, and the Iraqi child would probably express sadness and fear.
Overall, I recommend this book and I really enjoyed. I especially like the different perspectives, and the individual short stories. Apr 26, Jack Rowden rated it really liked it.
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In Katey Schultz's collections of short narratives for me was a great group of stories pertaining to the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. It shows the effects of the war from multiple points of view. One point I really like was the views of the American families and how the war took over and affected what was going on in their everyday life. The different angles that Schultz captured really show the sides of war that one might not think of.
A few of the stories that stuck to me had to do with the so In Katey Schultz's collections of short narratives for me was a great group of stories pertaining to the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. A few of the stories that stuck to me had to do with the soldier that had just came back and were suffering through PTSD. Having a family member that has hadto work through the struggles of this, I had a much better connection to the book.
Up stories. Down stories. Heartbreaking one moment, triumph the next. Stories filled with an immense humanity, all together detailing the trivia, the nonsense, the rudiments and essentials. The nuts and bolts of war, its lifeblood, its jargon, its maddening absurdities and heroisms and senseless deaths and maimings are laid out in a clear, clean, rhythmic tessellation, united with a deceptively minimalist style that out-Carvers Carver and exposes the traumas of war without any breast-beating outrage.
But outrage is what one feels. Flashes of War is her first published book. The stories are so accomplished, so professional that one thinks a well-seasoned writer had written them, a brilliant old stager with a list of publications as long as your arm. Can she top herself? Given the evidence so far, it seems certain she will. Bio: Duff Brenna. Site contains text, proprietary computer code, and graphic images that are protected by:. Home News! Apprentice House Click image