Ghosts of War has ratings and reviews. Aaron said: Using simple prose , Ryan Smithson shares with readers his experience of serving a one-year t. Chapter 1. Ryan Smithson is a junior in high school and his girlfriend is a senior. They are in school when the world trade center is bomb. Seeing this made. poster for Ryan Smithson and Ghosts of War ALUM SPEAKS AT UALBANY & HAS WORK PERFORMED ON STAGE. The UAlbany Performing.

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As the book says, one major event in the beginning of the twenty- first century for The United States caused his thinking towards joining the military. Also, this book is so thrill seeking that you would not want to put the book down until you were finished. I was impressed by his honesty- telling about boredom, trying to do his duty but also feel out what was the right action to take with civilians.

Would you like us to take another look at this review? A person telling a flashback in certain even his autobiography is a new style for me. Even though Ryan did not see a lot of death of his unit, the scars are deep and adjustment back into civilian life was difficult.

Ghosts of War: The True Story of a 19-Year-Old GI

When Ryan Smithson was on patrol in an Oc village, many Iraqi villagers asked the soldiers for water and food. As an engineer in active service, you may not expect a lot of action. Oct 09, Khornberger rated it really liked it. When Ryan gets there the entire platoon looks sad so Ryan asks them whats going on. Even if you aren’t a person that is fighting for our country or not super interested in war, this book can relate to majority of Americans.


Jan 10, Ryan M rated it really liked it. It’s free and yours to keep. Overall rating No ratings yet 0. But no matter the soldier, action always follows.

The two weeks fly by and Ryan is headed back to Iraq. His unit is responsible for driving convoys, for fixing Humvees and other materiel that has been blown up, filling in IED craters, fixing water systems for agriculture projects.

A teacher could photocopy this chapter and have students use a number of strategies to read it and discuss ghoets small groups. The review must be at least 50 characters long.

Ghosts of War: The True Story of a Year-Old GI by Ryan Smithson

In the beginning of the book, humor was very scarce. Jan 21, James Siebers added it. The book, in my opinion, is very descriptive and uses a lot of sensory details. Can’t find time to finish a It was an overall great book.

The inform him that they had just lost Jim Conklin, a man that had just been promoted to Sergeant when Ryan had left the mission back in the desert. Zmithson next morning the platoon is driving into Iraq when they see a bunch of little kids lined up on the side of the road with their hands to their mouths signaling for food.

Quotes from Ghosts of War: Ryan Smithson is a junior wat high school and his girlfriend is a senior. Apr 13, Patricia rated it really liked it Shelves: It helped me picture myself as one of the soldiers seeing the villagers in poverty having to ask for food.


Chapter By Chapter Summaries – Ghosts of War

Sep 10, Arminzerella rated it liked it Shelves: I felt very close to Ryan even if we don’t know each other. I like how in the beginning it talks about some of his reasons for joining. It is an exciting book because it shows what an American ghosys has to go through during a war and how they feel.

Gbosts Smithson is a 19 year old boy that has enlisted into the army reserves. What Ryan experienced changed his life. So overall the author’s purposes were to inform and entertain. I gave it 5 stars because it really changed my perspective of war, which kept me on the edge of my seat. Overall, a wonderful book.

Looking at the photos of Ryan, one is immediately struck by how very ghpsts he is.


I just finished Ghosts of War by Ryan Smithson. He points out different aspects of the meaning of life in his view, which I respect and value. Proceeds benefited a local not-for-profit veterans’ organization called Soldier’s Heart. In this chapter Ryan has gotten a job at the college working with little kids.

He says they have failed and they start with the drills.