Friday, May 13, 2016

Book Review: Mogadishu Diaries, Bloodlines by Eddie Clay Thomkins III

"Mogadishu Diaries, Bloodlines" follows the exploits of a group of US Marines during the conflict in Somalia in which time local warlords were targeted by the US and UN in order to restore stability to this East African country. In this book Eddie Clay Thomkins III gives an account of the events in Somalia that precede those made famous in "Blackhawk Down".

In Bloodlines the author has created a book which is both interesting and easy-to-read, not getting bogged down in superfluous information but just getting straight into the action. Indeed, so easy it is to read that it actually feels a bit light for the subject matter and it is testament to the way that the events are described that the reader is left feeling a little short-changed in terms of the amount of content here.

The strength of this book is the straight-talking narrative that really makes the reader feel the authenticity of the material but it must be said that it becomes rather confusing at times whether this is a biographical work or a piece of fiction due to an unusual style; although I found this odd at times it does add to the book in terms of originality. The dialogue here is delivered as it was said which does occasionally lead to one of the problems that many such books fall into: jargon. Military jargon is used which means that readers may want to have access to the internet while enjoying this book so they can find the meaning of a number of terms. However, I did not find that this really imposed on the readability of the tale and several situations were quite amusing.

I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the US military involvement in Somalia although for those looking for a book which is plot-driven should maybe look elsewhere.

Score: 6/10

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