Gang –

Here is a great book that will get you closer to the “front
lines” more so than any other book. I’ve had the opportunity to look through it
and I can tell you it’s a good one. This would be a great gift for those
warriors you know that have been there.  Check out the below….

Time for a C-Gar!

(By Blake Powers) I am pleased to announce that my latest book, A Different View:
Travels to Al Qa’im and Beyond, is now out as a trade paperback via
Amazon's CreateSpace and on Kindle. This new volume in the A Different
View series showcases day-to-day life of Marines at Al Qa'im on the
Syrian border while I was with them on the last part of my first embed.
It then transitions to Germany and Landstuhl Regional Medical Center,
where I introduce readers to a very special ceremony for arriving
wounded. Trade Paperback Kindle

borrow from my preface: "This is not a book about combat, or combat
photography. While every combat reporter wants that one-in-a-million
shot or video snippet, such images can only show a few seconds out of
what can seem an eternity. Blood sells, and the 99 percent of time that
is routine or even boring is not news. It is, however, real." This
volume is part of my continuing effort to share the "real" with the
public at large.

Author and veteran Michael Z. Williamson
provides the introduction, and MaryAnn Phillips of Soldiers' Angels
Germany provides a very special foreword to the book. Here is a taste
of what others are saying:

“A Different View is a personal and
vivid narrative of the author’s experience in a combat zone, showing not
combat but the mundanity, humor, and boredom that make up ninety-nine
percent of life ‘inside the wire.’ The author’s photos and narrative
illustrate how service members cope and adapt to the surreal conditions,
and how injury and death are still close by. This is a valuable book,
and anyone who cares about America’s troops and the fight in the Middle
East will find it worthwhile.”

Larry Bond, bestselling author of Shattered Trident

first thought as I looked at the pictures was”I’ve been there,” “I
think I know that guy” and the fine details of multiple deployments come
rushing back like they were yesterday. I can smell the pictures. Blake
captures a reality through a very narrow opportunity that many will
never understand. Those that have been there will look at the pictures,
remember their experiences, and if they are viewing with another
warrior, they will simply glance at one another as they both will
remember the events they lived through and will do so with a smirk on
their face. They will do it for those that were there with them, that
didn’t come home.”

Maj Pain (USMC),

we forget—Blake Powers helps all of us who were not there witness the
everyday lives and achievements of our armed forces in Iraq with
gorgeous pictures and thoughtful commentary.”

Toni Weisskopf, publisher of Baen Books

of us really know what it’s like to be ‘on the front lines’ unless
we’ve served. Which means most Americans really have ‘no clue’. Blake
shows these guys and gals in their environment. Sure, there are fun
times, how could there not, you’d go bonkers otherwise. But the real
deal is just being ‘in country’. Living it, breathing it, seeing it,
being enveloped by it every waking moment (and sleeping too) then
getting through it as best one can. He has really put this out there for
all of us, those lucky individuals who have been lavished with the most
amazing country in the world, to feel safe, made so by the sacrifices
of these brave men and women.”

David Mecey, former Staff Photographer, Playboy magazine

Different View is well-titled; it gives the reader an alternative
perspective of the fruit yielded by the American effort in Iraq. Most of
it is good fruit. The book is well worth your time…and your money."

Juliette Ochieng, author of Tale of the Tigers

feedback from readers, the Kindle version of this new book was created
specifically for Kindle in an effort to deal with format and photo
issues that were reported with the previous volume. While the print and
Kindle covers will be slightly different, it is hoped that the
presentation of the photos will give readers the best possible

This book builds on A Different View: Travels with Team Easy, Iraq, 2007 ( Kindle, and trade paperback). The trade paperback will be available on Amazon shortly.

Full copies of the reviews provided by David Mecey and Juliette Ochieng can be found at

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