The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers

A truly moving book that allows fiction to tell the story without the politics and judgement that true stories often labour under. Bartle and Murph were friends who did two tours of Iraq. Only one returns and with the aftermath we have a true insight into what real people have to cope with in war zones. If we need to be convinced of the harsh brutality and futility of war this clinches it. This will be a book that stands as a definitive statement on the War with Iraq. It is also a testament to love and loyalty and the sense of duty that is in all of us. I did not expect to like this book, I cried at the end and thought about it for days.

Review by Sue @ Great Escape Books