Book Review: Ashley's War, The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

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Ashley's War:  The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon is a non-fiction book published in April 2015.  The story follows several women and their quest to become the first women to be in combat along the Green Berets and Army Rangers. This is a book that was selected in my workplace for discussion between women and/or veterans.  The book discussion was broken into three parts much like how the story was broken up.  It garnered great conversations. Some of the things that happened in the book didn't surprise me, such as how physically demanding the tryouts were to be part of the special operations.  It's a demanding job that requires people to be not only physically strong but mentally strong.     What did shock me was that it took the military so long to allow women to fight along men on the battlefield.  Another thing that astonished me were how accepting most of the men in the Army Rangers were of the women fight

Book Review: The Switch by Joseph Finder

The Switch A Novel by Joseph Finder
Joseph Finder did it again with his political thriller The Switch. It was action packed from the very start to the very end. Set in Boston, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C., The Switch alternates between the two main characters . . . Michael Tanner and Will Abbott. 

I loved the fact that you go to see both sides of the story instead of just one side. Characters were well developed with complex relationships. There were characters that I absolutely loved (Michael Tanner and his wife Sara), ones that I detested (Will Abbott), and ones that I didn't like at first but then grew on me (Earl).

Another thing I loved about The Switch is some of the little details about Boston . . . the orange and green lines of the train were mentioned. Different locations within Boston were mentioned as well . . . the South End and North End, Back Bay, and more. It made me want to go on vacation yet again to Boston.

With the exception of not returning the laptop to Senator Susan Robbins once Tanner realized whose it was, I found the events of The Switch to be very plausible in the post 9/11 world of the United States. A definite must read book. (And, I hope there are plans to make it into a movie.)

Synopsis:  After going through airport security at LAX, Michael Tanner picks up his computer out of the bin only to find out that he picked up the wrong one when he arrives home in Boston, Massachusetts. Wondering whose laptop he has, Tanner finds a sticky note stuck to the computer with the password, and he logins into it. Much to his surprise, he finds top secret documents and inadvertently puts himself into jeopardy with the NSA (National Security Agency) and the owner of the computer, Senator Susan Robbins. Tanner goes on the run for the fight of his life.

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