Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War This book starts with a bang, grabs your attention with the action and story of war, and doesn’t let go until the very end. There is no prologue or back story, the author jumps right into the combat and doesn’t let up. We see many characters introduced, maybe too many at some times, it is hard to keep up with all the names and ranks, but we get many of the soldiers’ histories as the book unfolds. It’s a relief to read the flashbacks in some cases because it means a break from the constant battle and chaos taking place around the troops.
This book is an awesome portrayal of men at war. It shows the horror and fear experienced by soldiers on the battlefield, as well as the camaraderie shared by a “band of brothers “, and also the levity held between men during times of battle when a joke is cracked and laughter ensues with bullets flying by.
The epilogue written by the author paints a vivid but sad portrait of the research he had to do to write this story. Apparently there are no archives or articles of this fight, labeled “The Battle of the Black Sea”, anywhere in military or government records, so most of the information came from interviews between the author and the surviving soldiers who were part of the battle. In my opinion, this makes for a much more authentic story with historical accuracy.
This book reminds me of the honor of our military men in this country and the pride they hold for the United States by fighting and dying for a free society that the American public often takes for granted. This is what serving in the military is truly about, and much more realistic and reliable than any stories you will find on the news.