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For F. Scott Service, a five-minute phone call one peaceful morning was all it took. Faced with the terrible dichotomy of his moral opposition to war and an innate sense of duty, little did he realize that when he was called for deployment in Iraq that his would be a tour of duty destined to change him forever. Witnessing the violence of a country ravaged by chaos and facin For F. Scott Service, a five-minute phone call one peaceful morning was all it took. Faced with the terrible dichotomy of his moral opposition to war and an innate sense of duty, little did he realize that when he was called for deployment in Iraq that his would be a tour of duty destined to change him forever. Witnessing the violence of a country ravaged by chaos and facing the disintegration of his life back home, his sojourn in Iraq forced him to fight a new battle, a battle within himself. What had once been a noble intention became a desperate struggle to salvage what was left of his humanity, an excursion into the darkest recesses of the human mind that ultimately led him to question everything he had come to believe. Pushed to the edge, only then would he discover what lay within. Author F. Scott Service recounts his wartime experience within an artfully lyrical epistolary composition. Transcribed from his handwritten journals, Lines in the Sand is a powerful exercise in self-exploration amid heart wrenching loss and anguish. From the author: Why would a Conscientious Objector make the choice to go to war? In this unique book marking the 10-year anniversary of my return home from Iraq while being deployed with the U.S. Army, I answer that and much more through a transcription of my personal, handwritten journal I kept while stationed at Camp Anaconda. I take you on a roller coaster ride through the realities of my Iraq War experience, from the boredom to the bombs, from losing my marriage to finding my inner spirituality and with on the spot journaling, you're in the front seat. Mine is a story of love, betrayal, fear, courage, despair, and hope.


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For F. Scott Service, a five-minute phone call one peaceful morning was all it took. Faced with the terrible dichotomy of his moral opposition to war and an innate sense of duty, little did he realize that when he was called for deployment in Iraq that his would be a tour of duty destined to change him forever. Witnessing the violence of a country ravaged by chaos and facin For F. Scott Service, a five-minute phone call one peaceful morning was all it took. Faced with the terrible dichotomy of his moral opposition to war and an innate sense of duty, little did he realize that when he was called for deployment in Iraq that his would be a tour of duty destined to change him forever. Witnessing the violence of a country ravaged by chaos and facing the disintegration of his life back home, his sojourn in Iraq forced him to fight a new battle, a battle within himself. What had once been a noble intention became a desperate struggle to salvage what was left of his humanity, an excursion into the darkest recesses of the human mind that ultimately led him to question everything he had come to believe. Pushed to the edge, only then would he discover what lay within. Author F. Scott Service recounts his wartime experience within an artfully lyrical epistolary composition. Transcribed from his handwritten journals, Lines in the Sand is a powerful exercise in self-exploration amid heart wrenching loss and anguish. From the author: Why would a Conscientious Objector make the choice to go to war? In this unique book marking the 10-year anniversary of my return home from Iraq while being deployed with the U.S. Army, I answer that and much more through a transcription of my personal, handwritten journal I kept while stationed at Camp Anaconda. I take you on a roller coaster ride through the realities of my Iraq War experience, from the boredom to the bombs, from losing my marriage to finding my inner spirituality and with on the spot journaling, you're in the front seat. Mine is a story of love, betrayal, fear, courage, despair, and hope.

46 review for Lines in the Sand: An American Soldier's Personal Journey in Iraq

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jay

    Lines in the Sand. I’m not certain how I first learned about this memoir. Self-published by the author, it does not seem to have gotten broad exposure judging from Goodreads and a quick Google search. The subtitle promises to detail “an American soldier’s personal journey in Iraq.” F. Scott Service does deliver on that promise in a series of journal entries stretching from January 6, 2004 and ending on February 27, 2005. He also includes an Epilogue and an Afterword in which he discusses the cou Lines in the Sand. I’m not certain how I first learned about this memoir. Self-published by the author, it does not seem to have gotten broad exposure judging from Goodreads and a quick Google search. The subtitle promises to detail “an American soldier’s personal journey in Iraq.” F. Scott Service does deliver on that promise in a series of journal entries stretching from January 6, 2004 and ending on February 27, 2005. He also includes an Epilogue and an Afterword in which he discusses the course of his life after returning to the United States. His year-long service saw the destruction of his marriage and his submersion into depression. The journal is also a vivid description of the squalor in which he and his fellow recruits were forced to live. When read in conjunction with Andrew Bacevich’s America’s War for the Greater Middle East, the journal provides some compelling, anecdotal evidence in support of the academic’s well-grounded conclusions about America’s failings in the caldron of the Middle East.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Doreen Petersen

    Received this from Netgalley. Excellent read on the various effects on our soldiers being sent into a war zone. We owe it to our veterans to read this to better understand their needs and just to be there for them. A definite must read!!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kristan Campbell

    Lines In The Sand by F. Scott Service is an honest and insightful glimpse into the harrowing experience of a war that, to many United States citizens, has been viewed from afar as illogical. Based on the journals he kept during his deployment in Iraq, the journey that Service took as a soldier— torn by the conflicted feelings of dedication to peace and to his duty to his fellow soldiers—is revealed with the details of daily life that I don’t believe have been captured before. The day-to-day frus Lines In The Sand by F. Scott Service is an honest and insightful glimpse into the harrowing experience of a war that, to many United States citizens, has been viewed from afar as illogical. Based on the journals he kept during his deployment in Iraq, the journey that Service took as a soldier— torn by the conflicted feelings of dedication to peace and to his duty to his fellow soldiers—is revealed with the details of daily life that I don’t believe have been captured before. The day-to-day frustrations, the fear that becomes part of the daily routine, the havoc that being so far away from home wreaks upon personal relationships, are all captured and shared. Far from being self-absorbed, the words that he has written inspire a desire to see him through the ordeal. He doesn’t disappoint. His words are moving and real. I couldn’t stop reading from beginning to end and hope to see more from this author.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    Unbelievably authentic, evocative, and insightful. The observations of a modern and conflicted American military experience along with the heart break of the author's personal turmoil make for quite the compelling read. The subject matter is obviously heavy but the style of writing and tone of the memoir keep it approachable. It's like having a long meaningful chat with a veteran over a couple of beers. A powerful reminder of the varied and far reaching effects of combat and the countless untold Unbelievably authentic, evocative, and insightful. The observations of a modern and conflicted American military experience along with the heart break of the author's personal turmoil make for quite the compelling read. The subject matter is obviously heavy but the style of writing and tone of the memoir keep it approachable. It's like having a long meaningful chat with a veteran over a couple of beers. A powerful reminder of the varied and far reaching effects of combat and the countless untold stories.

  5. 5 out of 5

    KC Day

    This book shines on many levels. Rich and abundant in varied themes from descriptive and informative,to deeply emotional and profoundly philosophical,this book cleans under the couch to reach the hidden dirt on life in a war zone. The unique on -the-spot journaling,done in the midst of war,gives the reader a front and center, very real and present view through the eyes of the author at each moment. His visceral descriptive style pulses through the pages breathing life into the text. I didn't jus This book shines on many levels. Rich and abundant in varied themes from descriptive and informative,to deeply emotional and profoundly philosophical,this book cleans under the couch to reach the hidden dirt on life in a war zone. The unique on -the-spot journaling,done in the midst of war,gives the reader a front and center, very real and present view through the eyes of the author at each moment. His visceral descriptive style pulses through the pages breathing life into the text. I didn't just read the pages,I lived them. Good work, Scott Service, let's hear more from you.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Blaise Morita

    Citizen turned solider F. Scott Service waxes and wains on the obligations of a conscientious objector yet die-hard patriot. Interspersed with journal entries and moments of self-discovery, Lines in the Sand: An American Soldier's Personal Journey in Iraq captures one man's attempt to understand war and it's role in shaping his life. *Review to be updated upon receipt and completion of book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I won this in a Goodreads Firstreads giveaway

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