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Fives and Twenty-Fives
Author: Michael Pitre

ISBN: 9781408854457
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1 August 2014
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3 x 3.0
Following three ex-Marines battling with their experiences once home, this is a heart-stopping, heartbreaking debut novel of war and its aftermath

It is the rule in Iraq - five and twenty five. First, five metres: Stay in the vehicle; scan the dirt around your tires, five meters in every direction. A secondary device hidden inside five meters will cut through armour and kill everyone in the truck. And then, twenty-five: Once it's clear inside five meters, dismount and sweep twenty-five meters in every direction. A secondary device within this larger zone will kill anyone on the road ahead.

It is the early months of the Arab Spring, 2011. But for three ex-Marines, their minds are often back in 2006, in the bloodiest stretch of the Iraq War, when they were members of the same platoon tasked with the dangerous work of repairing potholes on the roads of Al Anbar Province.

A young lieutenant, dutiful son of an Alabama high school football coach, fights through doubts about his mission, his superiors and himself. An Iraqi interpreter, who studied English at Baghdad University before the war, cont...

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