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: One by One by Ruth Ware

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One by One by Ruth Ware is about a corporate retreat for a social media app called Snoop, and the employees get snowed in at a ski resort due to an avalanche. When one of the owners turns up missing and an employee is murdered, everyone becomes a suspect. How many will survive?

Reminiscent of Agatha Christie's And Then There Was None, Ruth Ware tells a story from two different characters perspectives, both who have deep, dark secrets. The one perspective is from Erin, who works at the French chalet and the other perspective is told from Liz, who is a former employee of Snoop. Relatively early, I thought that the killer had to be one of the two women since we only hear the story from their perspectives, but as the story progressed, I began to second guess myself as there are quite a few red herrings. After a while, I just decided against trying to deduce who the killer was and let the story take me on the ride of a lifetime.

I loved the fact that Snoop, the company holding the corporate retreat, was a social media company because there are so many of them out there. I felt like the storyline about the actual company was very timely and believable because it has to be extremely difficult to compete in that space and expensive to boot. I could see the perspective of Topher not wanting to sell the company and wanting Snoop to be able to make it without being bought out by a larger social media company. However, I could see the Eva's perspective of wanting to sell the company and finally make some money off of it. 

At first, I was confused as to why a former employee would be at a corporate retreat, but it eventually gets revealed why Liz is there. This situation was the only complaint I really had about the book as I felt Ruth Ware took too long to tell us why Liz was there.

One by One by Ruth Ware got five out five stars from this book nerd. I enjoyed this book immensely and loved the fact that the author went back to her roots of telling modern day stories that make me think of Agatha Christie. If you enjoyed this book, I recommend The Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie.

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