Ranger Games

Ranger Games

A Story of Soldiers, Family, and An Inexplicable Crime

Book - 2017
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Alex Blum was a good kid with one goal in life: endure a brutally difficult selection program, become a U.S. Army Ranger, and fight terrorists for his country. In the first hours of his final leave before deployment to Iraq, Alex was supposed to fly home to see his family and girlfriend. Instead, he got into his car with two fellow soldiers and two strangers, drove to a local bank in Tacoma, and committed armed robbery. At first Blum insisted he thought the robbery was just another exercise in the famously daunting Ranger program. Ben Blum, Alex's cousin, began to question not only Alex, but the influence of his superior, Luke Elliot Sommer, the man who planned the robbery.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385538435
038553843X
Branch Call Number: 364.1552 B6255R 2017
Characteristics: x, 412 pages ; 25 cm

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VaughanPLDavidB Oct 10, 2017

This is an excellent account of one man's search to find the truth of a seemingly inexplicable crime that shattered so many individuals and families. There is a theme running through the book that the author does not address, nor would I expect him to: the cult of militarism that pervades so much of American society, that sucks young men and women into a physical and psychological meat grinder and spits them out on the other side, discarded. The cult also exists here in Canada, but to a much smaller extent. Fortunately for this country, Canadians generally have a much healthier skepticism of the military, and view it as a necessary, but not dominant part of our society.

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