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This is everything season two of SERIAL should have been.The closest thing I can think of to compare this to is actually another podcast, S TOWN If you loved the way that podcast broadened and deepened as it went along, starting with the promise of a true crime story that morphed into a bizarre and absorbing character study, you will be fascinated by Ben Blum s exploration of his cousin and his compatriots, who all robbed a bank in 2006 on the brink of their deployment to Iraq Why did they do This is everything season two of SERIAL should have been.The closest thing I can think of to compare this to is actually another podcast, S TOWN If you loved the way that podcast broadened and deepened as it went along, starting with the promise of a true crime story that morphed into a bizarre and absorbing character study, you will be fascinated by Ben Blum s exploration of his cousin and his compatriots, who all robbed a bank in 2006 on the brink of their deployment to Iraq Why did they do it How did it change them And, not to go all Jack Nicholson in A FEW GOOD MEN here, but what does it say about that increasingly thin line we draw between law and order and freedom, and the ones we choose to protect us from this kind of criminality I had a lot of Very Important work reading to do over the past week or so, but I found myself coming back to this again and again, and actually, I don t want to say anything else The product of years of writing, this is a twist filled, addictive, totally immersive read Be prepared to challenge everything you think you know about these men while you read this book Blum has crafted something truly special here [[ DOWNLOAD PDF ]] ☔ Ranger Games: A Story of Soldiers, Family and an Inexplicable Crime ☠ Intricate, heartrending, and morally urgent, Ranger Games is a crime story like no otherAlex Blum was a good kid with one unshakeable goal in life Become a US Army Ranger On the day of his leave before deployment to Iraq, Alex got into his car with two fellow soldiers and two strangers, drove to a local bank in Tacoma, and committed armed robberyThe question that haunted the entire Blum family was WhyWhy would he ruin his life in such a spectacularly foolish way At first, Alex insisted he thought the robbery was just another exercise in the famously daunting Ranger program His attorney presented a case based on the theory that the Ranger indoctrination mirrored that of a cultIn the midst of his own personal crisis, and in the hopes of helping both Alex and his splintering family cope, Ben Blum, Alex s first cousin, delved into these mysteries, growing closer to Alex in the process As he probed further, Ben began to question not only Alex, but the influence of his superior, Luke Elliot Sommer, the man who planned the robbery A charismatic combat veteran, Sommer s manipulative tendencies combined with a magnetic personality lured Ben into a relationship that put his loyalties to the test 3.5 stars Thanks to the Goodreads group Keep Turning Pages and Doubleday for giving me this book Why would an Army Ranger rob a bank in Tacoma Washington just days before deploying to Iraq Alex Blum had just finished and graduated Ranger training and had gotten his orders to report to Iraq He had finally made it Alex had wanted to be a Army Ranger since he was a very young boy His dream had come true Whatever possessed him to rob a bank That is the premise of this book However to get to 3.5 stars Thanks to the Goodreads group Keep Turning Pages and Doubleday for giving me this book Why would an Army Ranger rob a bank in Tacoma Washington just days before deploying to Iraq Alex Blum had just finished and graduated Ranger training and had gotten his orders to report to Iraq He had finally made it Alex had wanted to be a Army Ranger since he was a very young boy His dream had come true Whatever possessed him to rob a bank That is the premise of this book However to get to that story took an awfully long, boring, tedious journey The book is written by Alex s cousin Ben Ben and Alex were not close growing up They were very different boys Alex, a hockey player, was outgoing, the life of the party, but directly headed for his life s goal to be an Army Ranger Ben on the other hand was studious,of a loner, a math and science whiz, nothing like Alex So how did it come about that Ben was chosen to write the story of Alex s life It was a bad choice As I stated, to get to the story took an awfully long, boring, tedious journey To start with, a math major, in my opinion, is a poor choice to write a book Some of the words and wording Ben used in this story was nonsensical, possibly even made up, words and phrases that just does not belong in a story about an Army Range, poetry maybe, but not this book Ben also went into boring detail about himself and the Blum family Now, a bit of background is always good, but this books went into it ad naseum I got the feeling that the author may have been jealous of Alex and therefore wanted the reader to know and understand him at least as well as they did Alex, the subject of the book In my opinion this book could have been at least 150 pages shorter,to the point,on track and detail about Alex and the robbery, and much less about all the added family and information about the author himself For me the author got in the way of the story Once you finally get to the story, there is the question of whether the Ranger training itself was the actual demon There is a lot to think about as Alex s Ranger training unfolds Did the Army do such a good job of tearing down and rebuilding Alex to follow command that he no longer questioned right and wrong The story of Alex is a good story, it is too bad that you must piece it together, bit by bit, throughout 400 pages of inconsequential gibberish An absorbing, well told true story once I started it, I did not want to put down this fascinating examination of Alex Blum and Luke Elliott Sommer Both were young, talented Army Rangers who inexplicably made the decision to rob a bank Shame and secrets create confusion and obstacles as the author s quest is to find answers to the question WHY they would sacrifice their hard earned achievements to commit such an unspeakable crime Alex Blum had just achieved his lifelong dream of becoming an An absorbing, well told true story once I started it, I did not want to put down this fascinating examination of Alex Blum and Luke Elliott Sommer Both were young, talented Army Rangers who inexplicably made the decision to rob a bank Shame and secrets create confusion and obstacles as the author s quest is to find answers to the question WHY they would sacrifice their hard earned achievements to commit such an unspeakable crime Alex Blum had just achieved his lifelong dream of becoming an elite Army Ranger Luke Elliott Sommer, Alex s brilliant commanding officer, had served combat time and earned the Ranger School Tag Two additional Rangers participated in the robbery The search for answers carries over into social and criminal psychology, manipulative personalities, family myths and Doubleday s Keep Turning Pages group read for March, 2018 I was fortunate enough to win a hardcover copy of this book in their giveaway Many thanks to Doubleday Alex Blum had been in the US Army for four months, had gone through the exhaustive training to become an Army Ranger, and was just a couple of weeks away from deployment to Iraq, when he and two fellow soldiers plus two civilians committed a bank robbery in Tacoma, Washington Alex drove the getaway car.As a mother, I d have to ask hi Doubleday s Keep Turning Pages group read for March, 2018 I was fortunate enough to win a hardcover copy of this book in their giveaway Many thanks to Doubleday Alex Blum had been in the US Army for four months, had gone through the exhaustive training to become an Army Ranger, and was just a couple of weeks away from deployment to Iraq, when he and two fellow soldiers plus two civilians committed a bank robbery in Tacoma, Washington Alex drove the getaway car.As a mother, I d have to ask him What the hell were you THINKING Did anyone ever ask Alex Blum that question point blank I don t think so But his cousin Ben Blum has spent the better part of ten years trying to understand what happened What led Alex to destroy his life s plans in one fell swoop Many possibilities are examined intensive army conditioning akin to brainwashing, belief that it was all just a training exercise, hero worship on the part of Alex for a superior, etc, etc Ben describes the Blum family and their history, Alex s upbringing and his army obsession He has interviewed many of the characters involved in this crime, talked to his family, discussed the case with Alex s legal team, questioned psychologists, and finally mapped out all the statements he d taken from those directly involved to create what he calls a matrix of lies Who and what will you believe And in the end, will Alex find that the truth will set him free I found this to be a well written and very fair handed account but the crime still remains inexplicable to me I m still wondering What the hell were you THINKING, Alex Blum I received Ranger Games A Story of Soldiers, Family and an Inexplicable Crime as a Goodreads giveaway Oddly enough, I first saw the book cover when it was advertised at my local indie book store, and I told a friend then that I would probably never read that book because the cover didn t appeal to me at all Later, after having actually read the cover, I decided it sounded interesting after all, and I was excited when I won a copy from Goodreads and Doubleday I was immediately fascinated by t I received Ranger Games A Story of Soldiers, Family and an Inexplicable Crime as a Goodreads giveaway Oddly enough, I first saw the book cover when it was advertised at my local indie book store, and I told a friend then that I would probably never read that book because the cover didn t appeal to me at all Later, after having actually read the cover, I decided it sounded interesting after all, and I was excited when I won a copy from Goodreads and Doubleday I was immediately fascinated by the promise of the true story of a young man, Alex Blum, who had dreamed his entire life of becoming an elite Army Ranger He fulfilled his goal and successfully went through the rigorous training required Inexplicably, immediately after completing training and right before he went on leave prior to deployment to Iraq, he, along with two fellow Rangers and two others, robbed a bank in Tacoma, WA, effectively ending the career he had dreamed of and worked so hard to reach The book was written by Alex s cousin, Ben Blum I was initially intrigued by this fact, yet I also assumed the author would soften the realities of the situation and his cousin s behavior based on their relationship Indeed, Ben Blum s own feelings about his cousin and his actions were a huge part of the direction of the story, but not exactly in the way I expected Not particularly close as children, the cousins had little in common growing up Ben was a mathematical genius, a geek by his own description, and Alex was the beloved, almost perfect son, a handsome, popular hockey star who was genuinely kind and loving to his friends, family and everyone, and who above all else, dreamed of and spent his life training for service to his country as a Ranger When the unimaginable happened and Alex was convicted of his part in an armed bank robbery, Ben set out to find out what had gone so terribly wrong with this golden boy and his dream In the course of the book, Ben discusses their family dynamics and through years of research and interviews with Alex and friends, family, and another Ranger whose influence and direction would change that person s and Alex s lives forever, Ben uncovers a myriad of stories, about both the tight military code and training regimen of the Army Rangers and the minds of two very young members of that elite military group Throughout the story, Ben lets us know how much he wants his cousin to be the good guy that he had always been up to that fateful day, but he is also focused on getting to the truth of a very complex set of circumstances which involve detailed theories of brainwashing I felt for Ben throughout at times he seemed extremely sympathetic to Alex s plight and at times he was immensely confused, frustrated and angry, even as he tried to be cold and clinical during his research for the book These feelings were so honest he pulled no punches to keep from softening the reader toward his cousin, but he was fair to Alex, as well.I began the book with much enthusiasm I must admit that at Chapter 6, I became increasingly annoyed with pages of detailed discussion of math vs the humanities and their relationship to war I freely admit I finally skipped the remainder of that chapter I may go back and read it now that I ve finished the book, to see if possibly it would have added something to my reading By the time I was halfway through the book, my enthusiasm again blossomed and I was fascinated by the rest of the details and Ben Blum s writing.Ben delves deeply into the human mind as it relates to Alex and one of his fellow Rangers, and as the final half of the book progressed, I began forming my own ideas and theories as to how and why things unfolded as they did, and at last many of the questions posed throughout are answered, at least to a great extent I give huge credit to the author for sticking with the enormous and perplexing task of writing this very personal story It was fascinating and insightful, on many levels Thanks so much to Goodreads and Doubleday for the giveaway Even with the tediousness of Chapter 6, I easily give this book 5 stars A very immersive, in depth look at a young Army Ranger s participation in a bank robbery, written by a cousin of the perpetrator What starts off as something like a Manchurian Candidate for millennials broadens into a deeper look at family, identity, manipulation and the lies that exist in all of our lives. Ranger Games is worth reading, though I never felt as interested in Blum s family as he naturally is, and, in my mind, this is the trick that makes a memoir great I also struggled with his prose style, which is clearly the product of a mathematician s mind Some might appreciate this, as it gives him a unique voice He writes in syntactical formulas finely wrought, symmetrical sentences that are elegant, and even arresting at times, but somehow lacking in that mysterious and atmospheric force t Ranger Games is worth reading, though I never felt as interested in Blum s family as he naturally is, and, in my mind, this is the trick that makes a memoir great I also struggled with his prose style, which is clearly the product of a mathematician s mind Some might appreciate this, as it gives him a unique voice He writes in syntactical formulas finely wrought, symmetrical sentences that are elegant, and even arresting at times, but somehow lacking in that mysterious and atmospheric force that effortlessly draws in the unsuspecting reader It s all a bit belabored,algebra than art. Alex Blum had dreams of becoming a Army Ranger, since he was five years old Growing up in a close knit family, in Colorado, he was a popular, good looking kid, who became a hockey star in high school He joined the Army, immediately after finishing school and was accepted into the elite Ranger program, achieving his lifetime goal.Just before his deployment to Iraq, he entered a personal vehicle, along with two other Rangers, drove into downtown Tacoma, Washington and robbed a bank.Why would Ale Alex Blum had dreams of becoming a Army Ranger, since he was five years old Growing up in a close knit family, in Colorado, he was a popular, good looking kid, who became a hockey star in high school He joined the Army, immediately after finishing school and was accepted into the elite Ranger program, achieving his lifetime goal.Just before his deployment to Iraq, he entered a personal vehicle, along with two other Rangers, drove into downtown Tacoma, Washington and robbed a bank.Why would Alex participate in this unimaginable crime, just before fulfilling his dream This question haunted the entire Blum family, for years to come.The author, a first cousin of Alex s, attempts to answer this baffling question, in this excellent exploration of a federal crime and it s crushing aftermath Was Alex brainwashed Was he completely swayed by his team leader, Corporal Luke Elliot Sommer and manipulated into joining this crime, under the guise of a training exercise Or was Alex simply lying, covering up the fact that he made a terrible decision It took Ben Blum many years to write this book and he ended up having a very close friendship with Alex, while Alex was in prison Ben also had conflicting feelings about Alex and his honesty, making for a very compelling read I took a long road trip and took the audio book of Ranger Games with me What a fantastic companion the book proved to be Ben Blum had me going in one direction only to be turned into a contradictory one in the next moment He is a gifted storyteller as he takes apart an amazing story of triumph and loss What I appreciated about the story is the way in which he walks the reader through the aftermath of the robbery for everyone in the family.To reveal the skilled craftsmanship of this book wo I took a long road trip and took the audio book of Ranger Games with me What a fantastic companion the book proved to be Ben Blum had me going in one direction only to be turned into a contradictory one in the next moment He is a gifted storyteller as he takes apart an amazing story of triumph and loss What I appreciated about the story is the way in which he walks the reader through the aftermath of the robbery for everyone in the family.To reveal the skilled craftsmanship of this book would be to reveal the end