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Rating 4 out of 5, really liked it Well I m not sure that s the right word I admire the author and the book was absolutely an earth shattering experience But like This was not an enjoyable book to read I felt like a frog in a pan of water set to boil, becominganduncomfortable but not realizing that perhaps it was time to jump out So now I m a bloated frog, floating belly up.This book, the first stone , directly translated, is an extremely well written book about Danish sod Rating 4 out of 5, really liked it Well I m not sure that s the right word I admire the author and the book was absolutely an earth shattering experience But like This was not an enjoyable book to read I felt like a frog in a pan of water set to boil, becominganduncomfortable but not realizing that perhaps it was time to jump out So now I m a bloated frog, floating belly up.This book, the first stone , directly translated, is an extremely well written book about Danish sodiers in Afghanistan It follows a troop from arrival, to a few failed expeditions, to betrayal and utter catastrophy It depicts the war in the most unglamorous fashion There are guts and gore galore No one can win There is no right and wrong, only human misery moving in a landscape of ash gray The depictions of the lives of women and children is skilfully drawn There is a plot and a purpose, none of which I ever guessed at Brilliantly terrible I will remember this book [[ DOWNLOAD EPUB ]] ☟ The First Stone ⇔ In the tradition of the great war novels of literature, Carsten Jensen s acclaimed novel takes the reader on a powerful and unforgettable journey into the heart of contemporary warfare A platoon of young men and women enlist to fight in Afghanistan, driven by a desire for justice and a need to test themselves under extreme circumstances Soon they face a challenge that no military training has prepared them for, and simple survival becomes their only missionForemost among them is Hannah, a tough young soldier whose dedication and ferocity convinces her fellow soldiers of the righteousness of their mission Manipulated into committing acts of violence against their own allies, they become famous among Afghans as Western jihadis With American drones mysteriously shot down from the sky, the soldiers begin to realize they are pawns in an audacious experiment This is a hard book to rate At times the storyline seemed a bit silly, too concocted, a bit far fetched Then there were times when the horror of the war in Afghanistan was told in the most brutal, but probably realistic, manner The stupidity of war, the impact on the Afghan people, the harshness of blood leads toblood, the confusion of the Danes, the aggression of the US forces and the question of why are all included.The tale revolves around a platoon of Danish soldiers who are unknowi This is a hard book to rate At times the storyline seemed a bit silly, too concocted, a bit far fetched Then there were times when the horror of the war in Afghanistan was told in the most brutal, but probably realistic, manner The stupidity of war, the impact on the Afghan people, the harshness of blood leads toblood, the confusion of the Danes, the aggression of the US forces and the question of why are all included.The tale revolves around a platoon of Danish soldiers who are unknowingly lead by a rogue officer They find in the end they can only trust themselves as they witness and undergo massacres, duplicity, attacks by US forces and a trial by the Taliban Modern warfare novels are not my favorite They tend to have bad dialogue and suffer from cliches Jensen s novel avoids both for the most part, and you can recognize the good writing that was on display with We, the Drowned I also appreciate how much of the novel is focused on his characters interior struggles, rather than concentrating on the bullets, blood and guts although there is plenty of that as well The novel also benefits from Jensen s four decades spent in and around Afghanista Modern warfare novels are not my favorite They tend to have bad dialogue and suffer from cliches Jensen s novel avoids both for the most part, and you can recognize the good writing that was on display with We, the Drowned I also appreciate how much of the novel is focused on his characters interior struggles, rather than concentrating on the bullets, blood and guts although there is plenty of that as well The novel also benefits from Jensen s four decades spent in and around Afghanistan His familiarity with the region is obvious.That being said, the plot is ridiculous The first half is your typical war novel, and then we are given a twist that makes you sit up with anticipation This could be something fresh And it is certainly a unique storyline, but the second half strays off target with the Dark Sky episode and the who s on whose side bit.An up and down novel That being said, go read Jensen s We, the Drowned asap He is a tremendously talented writer, this story just wasn t my favorite I can call it good, but it s a low three stars Intriguing war propaganda Q You can t decide whether or not you re going to sweat, says the platoon leader Just like you can t choose whether you ll be constipated or have the runs Your body is like a car with no steering wheel There s no gear stick, clutch, brakes, or gas pedal You re passengers in a vehicle you have no control over c Q He calls Denmark the White Zone a place where hearts beat in lazy, measured harmony, sixty to eighty times a minute, where life is lived half asleep Intriguing war propaganda Q You can t decide whether or not you re going to sweat, says the platoon leader Just like you can t choose whether you ll be constipated or have the runs Your body is like a car with no steering wheel There s no gear stick, clutch, brakes, or gas pedal You re passengers in a vehicle you have no control over c Q He calls Denmark the White Zone a place where hearts beat in lazy, measured harmony, sixty to eighty times a minute, where life is lived half asleep, satisfied and defenseless You face an armed man and beg for your life instead of smashing his larynx The White Zone is for sheep c Q When you can taste blood and hear your heart pounding in your ears that s when you ll know you re finished Q They re all winners That s how they think of themselves not because they expect to win a war that s already lasted so many years They re winners because they ve made it this far Q The Afghans seem biblical to them, like survivors from another age, possessed of a stubbornness that s difficult to distinguish from hostility c Q I m here to make a difference There s just enough irony in Schr der s voice to indicate that they shouldn t take his answer too seriously c Q Personally, she thinks a well toned body is usually a sign of loneliness c Q That s how she got hers before becoming a soldier rollerblading alone on steep ramps, wearing a heavy pair of Aggressive Inliners alone on the edge that second before jumping down the vert ramp s five meter high, almost vertical side alone with torn ligaments, aching knees, twisted ankles and alone with the triumph when completing a full 720 degrees in the air c Q There was discipline, but as long as she understood its necessity, she didn t mind c Q Seriously Hannah is smiling Do you guys have happy hour over there in the container Are you all jerking off together c Q I was tired of shooter games with bald psychopaths I wanted to do something big like World of Warcraft or Halo A game that would make you feel you re part of something bigger than yourself You know what I mean c Q Having spent two years as a member of the Sirius Patrol in Northeast Greenland, he looks like a polar scientist and polar scientists from another century with heavily bearded faces framed by sealskin caps appear on the covers of the pile of books he keeps beside his bed There s a quality of reticence about him, as if he has imbibed the silence of the icy wasteland c Q I m afraid you re going to have to give our local idiot here an extra lesson in first aid Why not just give him a ticket home c Q In such a lawless land, every agreement is, by nature, informal It involves faith and mutual benefit, along with an unsentimental assessment of the other party s strengths and weaknesses No one is either weak or strong All people are complex, and so their destinies are entwined c Q Yes, says the warlord, we all support democracy here in Afghanistan Democracy is the best form of government c Q Being a warlord is over It s a word the West doesn t like They think you re a wild man, running all over the desert with a bunch of armed bandits We have to find words they know and value in the West I suggest we call you director and rename your militia a security firm If you agree, we just have to find a name for the firm so we can register it I can help with the paperwork c Q Outsourcing is the magic answer every time a problem demands a new solution It means a reduction in costs, a transfer of responsibility, and most importantly when policy is most effective opaqueness You start by turning the cleaning of a nursing home over to a private cleaning company, and you end by privatizing the entire nursing home If something goes wrong, it s the firm s fault not the city council s Now he s outsourcing the war to his friend Naib Atmar and his militia c Another stellar and intriguing novel from Carsten Jensen s hand Not quite as good as We, the Drowned, but still an excellent read The story is fast paced, unpredictable and at times shocking certainly a bit too bloody for my taste But then it is ultimately a book about war a war story that takes some very unexpected turns along the way, and leaves you worried about the human race. The First Stone is a story of the Afghani war It centers around a platoon of Danish NATO troops with a point to make they are soldiers like every other soldier in Afghanistan Denmark is a country that lost the war to Germany in 4 hours They are on a mission to prove themselves and their country.The story is fictional, but the conditions are real Afghanistan is real The tribal factions, the open and sever misogyny, the cruelty, the religious fanaticism, and the willingness to die are al The First Stone is a story of the Afghani war It centers around a platoon of Danish NATO troops with a point to make they are soldiers like every other soldier in Afghanistan Denmark is a country that lost the war to Germany in 4 hours They are on a mission to prove themselves and their country.The story is fictional, but the conditions are real Afghanistan is real The tribal factions, the open and sever misogyny, the cruelty, the religious fanaticism, and the willingness to die are all real The country is real and unforgiving So is Helmand and Camp Price, where the story begins.The Danish writer is a journalist that has made many trips to Afghanistan and spent time in those places and writes from the position of any eyewitness to all that Afghanistan ever was and ever will be.The story is complicated, tragic and graphic The soldiers begin tentatively, then they have casualties Death of their brothers in arms is something they are not prepared to accept They came to help, but it now they find themselves facing death They are afraid, as is everyone in war But they continue on.Through much of the first part of the book, there is a build up of tension as the commander of the Danes meets with, and tries to understand and guide, the local power structure including the leaders in the city and the warlord that control much of the area He fails and is rejected Because of his failure and being shamed, he exacts horrible revenge against those that embarrassed him His actions cause the deaths of many innocents and sets in motion the improbable narrative that follows through the rest of the book.Events following that action lead to the betrayal and loss of many solders Worse, they were betrayed by one of their own The survivors spend much of the remaining story tracking down the one that betrayed them In doing so, they enter a world they can scarcely understand and are required to make sacrifices of themselves and their core beliefs in order to survive The cost of revenge is high, and,importantly, would it be worth it My takeaway is that there are no winners None This is one of the few books that kept me thinking for days Having family that have served in Afghanistan several times now, I read this novel with interest First, it gives an American reader a perspective of the War on Terror from a European context, specifically that of Denmark This is a brutal look at war, and the Afghanistan war in particular There are no winners, only losers I remember reading Jake Tapper s non fiction account, The Outpost a few years ago, and being left with the same feeling these wars in the Middle East, fought on purely we Having family that have served in Afghanistan several times now, I read this novel with interest First, it gives an American reader a perspective of the War on Terror from a European context, specifically that of Denmark This is a brutal look at war, and the Afghanistan war in particular There are no winners, only losers I remember reading Jake Tapper s non fiction account, The Outpost a few years ago, and being left with the same feeling these wars in the Middle East, fought on purely western terms and conditions cannot end well, either for those in the region or in meeting American national security objectives Jensen s novel only reinforces this feeling for me It s easy to overlook the fact, here in the UK, that other nations have fought in Afghanistan as well, and that Denmark too was one of those who joined the coalition to secure the country from the Taliban In this novel we see the conflict from the Danish perspective, although in war nationality matters little the effects and consequences on the combatants are always the same We are introduced to members of a platoon stationed in Helmand Province, a group of young people, and we are graphical It s easy to overlook the fact, here in the UK, that other nations have fought in Afghanistan as well, and that Denmark too was one of those who joined the coalition to secure the country from the Taliban In this novel we see the conflict from the Danish perspective, although in war nationality matters little the effects and consequences on the combatants are always the same We are introduced to members of a platoon stationed in Helmand Province, a group of young people, and we are graphically reminded of what war does to combatants and civilians alike, what happens to people in extreme situations So far so good I have no reason to think this is anything other than a realistic and faithful depiction However, I simply couldn t engage with the book For a start the protagonists seem types rather than fully rounded characters They are all overly articulate and speak in long speeches and clich s The description of the Afghans seemed stereotypical and their savagery seemed to know no bounds I found there was just too much violence overall and the descriptions unnecessarily graphic There was also too much exposition, with every abbreviation spelt out even when the meaning was clear Too many subplots dilute the narrative and in the end I lost interest Just not one for me, this tale of brutality and war, and I gained little from it A raw, unvarnished take on the complexities of war and the human mind Carsten Jensen presents subject matter that is dark, forces introspection and reflection, through his presentation of events in this compelling book A sometimes inspectful read, complete with shocking, visceral battle results, it can make you gasp While the subject matter is one for careful thought and consideration, this is a conversation that is always in the public conciousness, andoften than not, manipulated by th A raw, unvarnished take on the complexities of war and the human mind Carsten Jensen presents subject matter that is dark, forces introspection and reflection, through his presentation of events in this compelling book A sometimes inspectful read, complete with shocking, visceral battle results, it can make you gasp While the subject matter is one for careful thought and consideration, this is a conversation that is always in the public conciousness, andoften than not, manipulated by the media and private interests This book asks, requiresimportantly, in us, as individuals, to reflect and decide our individual views and mindset A thought provoking book Thank you, Carsten Jensen