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Brian Van Reet - Author

About the Author

Brian Van Reet was born in Houston. Following the September 11 attacks, he dropped out of the University of Virginia and enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served in Iraq under stop-loss orders, achieved the rank of sergeant and was awarded a Bronze Star for valour. After an honourable discharge he studied at the University of Missouri and later the University of Texas. His stories and essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Daily Beast and the Washington Post.

Featured books by Brian Van Reet

Spoils

Spoils

Author: Brian Van Reet Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/05/2017

It is the spring of 2003 and coalition forces are advancing on Iraq. Images of a giant statue of Saddam Hussein crashing to the ground in Baghdad are being beamed to news channels around the world. Nineteen-year-old Specialist Cassandra Wigheard, on her first deployment since joining the US army two years earlier, is primed for war. For Abu al-Hool, a jihadist since the days of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, war is wearing thin. Two decades of fighting - and the new wave of super-radicalised fighters joining the ranks in the wake of the September 11 attacks - have left him questioning his commitment to the struggle. When Cassandra is taken prisoner by al-Hool's mujahideen brotherhood, both fighters will find their loyalties tested to the very limits. This fast-paced, hard-hitting account of eight weeks in the lives of a soldier and her captor forces us to reconsider the simplistic narratives of war spun by those in power. With its privileged insight into the reality of armed combat, Spoils shines a light on the uncertainty, fear and idealism that characterised the early days of one of the most important conflicts of our time.

Other books by Brian Van Reet

Spoils

Spoils

Author: Brian Van Reet Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2018

*WINNER OF THE WRITERS' LEAGUE OF TEXAS FICTION AWARD 2017* It is the spring of 2003 and coalition forces are advancing on Iraq. Images of a giant statue of Saddam Hussein crashing to the ground in Baghdad are being beamed to news channels around the world. Nineteen-year-old Specialist Cassandra Wigheard, on her first deployment since joining the US army two years earlier, is primed for war. For Abu al-Hool, a jihadist since the days of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, war is wearing thin. Two decades of fighting have left him questioning his commitment to the struggle. When Cassandra is taken prisoner by al-Hool's mujahideen brotherhood, both fighters will find their loyalties tested to the very limits.

Beute

Beute

Author: Brian Van Reet Format: eBook Release Date: 21/07/2017

Bagdad 2003: Die 19-jahrige Soldatin Cassandra halt Wache in Falludscha. Es sind die ersten Tage der Invasion; die Amerikaner fuhlen sich als Befreier und verteilen eimerweise Kaugummi. Cassandra geht in ihrer Soldatenrolle auf. Dass sie Frauen liebt, wei keiner und ahnt jeder. Abu al-Hul ist einer der Mudschaheddin, die sich den Besatzern entgegenstellen. Er hat schon in Tschetschenien gegen die Sowjets gekmpft. Am Dschihad ist er nicht irregeworden, wohl aber an den Methoden. Sein Gegenspieler Dr. Walid dagegen will einen modernen Krieg mit Terror und mit den Medien. Mit zwei anderen Soldaten gert Cassandra in die Hnde von Walids Gruppe. Gewalt bricht sich Bahn unter den US-Truppen, die nun in jedem Einheimischen einen Terroristen sehen. Die Gefangenen werden derweil zu Figuren in einem Propagandastck. Walid will sie zur ffentlichen Konversion zwingen. Als das nicht gelingt, mssen Cassandras Kameraden vor der Kamera sterben. Sie als Einzige bleibt am Leben. Doch ihr Martyrium hat erst begonnen. Dieser Roman, der so anders ist als viele Bcher ber dieses Thema, schildert historisch przise einen Punkt, an dem der Krieg so wurde, wie er heute noch ist: mit unklaren Grenzen, mit moderner Technik, mit schrankenlosem Terror. Und so ist "e;Beute"e; ein berzeitliches Nachdenken ber den Menschen als Geschpf, das Kriege fhrt. Ein Roman, der bewegt und klger macht.

Spoils

Spoils

Author: Brian Van Reet Format: eBook Release Date: 18/05/2017

Random House presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Spoils by Brian Van Reet, read by Nicol Zanzarella, Armando Duran and Andrew Eiden.It is the spring of 2003 and coalition forces are advancing on Iraq. Images of a giant statue of Saddam Hussein crashing to the ground in Baghdad are being beamed to news channels around the world. Nineteen-year-old Specialist Cassandra Wigheard, on her first deployment since joining the US army two years earlier, is primed for war.For Abu al-Hool, a jihadist since the days of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, war is wearing thin. Two decades of fighting - and the new wave of super-radicalised fighters joining the ranks in the wake of the September 11 attacks - have left him questioning his commitment to the struggle.When Cassandra is taken prisoner by al-Hool's mujahideen brotherhood, both fighters will find their loyalties tested to the very limits.This fast-paced, hard-hitting account of eight weeks in the lives of a soldier and her captor forces us to reconsider the simplistic narratives of war spun by those in power. With its privileged insight into the reality of armed combat, Spoils shines a light on the uncertainty, fear and idealism that characterised the early days of one of the most important conflicts of our time.

Spoils

Spoils

Author: Brian Van Reet Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2017

A Guardian Book of the Year 'Spoils is a harrowing and incredibly powerful debut. I read this with awe.' Kate Atkinson It is the spring of 2003 and coalition forces are advancing on Iraq. Images of a giant statue of Saddam Hussein crashing to the ground in Baghdad are being beamed to news channels around the world. Nineteen-year-old Specialist Cassandra Wigheard, on her first deployment since joining the US army two years earlier, is primed for war. For Abu al-Hool, a jihadist since the days of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, war is wearing thin. Two decades of fighting - and the new wave of super-radicalised fighters joining the ranks in the wake of the September 11 attacks - have left him questioning his commitment to the struggle. When Cassandra is taken prisoner by al-Hool's mujahideen brotherhood, both fighters will find their loyalties tested to the very limits. This fast-paced, hard-hitting account of eight weeks in the lives of a soldier and her captor forces us to reconsider the simplistic narratives of war spun by those in power. With its privileged insight into the reality of armed combat, Spoils shines a light on the uncertainty, fear and idealism that characterised the early days of one of the most important conflicts of our time.

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