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Prepare to walk than a mile in one soldier s boots as you see exactly what it s like to go to war and face the struggles of coming home This is as real as it s going to get Unspoken Abandonment is the story of one man s struggle to return home from the war in Afghanistan, only to find the person he once was may never be the same Bryan Wood is a military veteran who served during combat operations in Eastern Afghanistan After returning from combat, he found that his life was falling apart at every turn, and Bryan faced the greatest battle of his life in finding his own peace He surprisingly found the answer was hidden within a daily journal kept while at war, and Bryan s path ultimately led him to find redemption in the most unexpected of places love In a genre filled with war novels, Unspoken Abandonment stands out as the work is brilliantly written, in a narrative form, which takes the reader on a breathtaking journey into the heart of Afghanistan The reader is then taken back to America to face life after combat This story takes a head on look at the powerful effects of war and post traumatic stress, but the true focus is on the inspirational triumph over this demon that haunts hundreds of thousands of America s bravest men and women The story is captivating, the message is inspiring, and this is a must read for every American who cares to take an inside look at what our soldiers face on a daily basis This amazing story will grab your attention immediately, and it is sure to keep you up past your normal bedtime for than a few late nights of readingRead a free introductory sample here


10 thoughts on “Unspoken Abandonment: Sometimes the hardest part of going to war is coming home

  1. Rhonda Rhonda says:

    I didn t even realize, but I was quickly going to see, that the person I was before this all started had somehow changed The way I saw the world was gone, and I saw things, almost everything, in an entirely different wayBryan A WoodBased on a true story.First of all, I want to give a huge thank you to Bryan Wood, and every American soldier for the job they do, and the job they have done I am extremely humbled by all that you do, and endure foI didn t even realize, but I was quickly going to see, that the person I was before this all started had somehow changed The way I saw the world was gone, and I saw things, almost everything, in an entirely different wayBryan A WoodBased on a true story.First of all, I want to give a huge thank you to Bryan Wood, and every American soldier for the job they do, and the job they have done I am extremely humbled by all that you do, and endure for my freedom, and the freedom of our great country To our men and women here at home, police officers, and firefighters who put yourselves in harms way to keep us safe, thank you to you as well.Next, I would like to say thank you to my friend Jillian for pointing me in the direction of this book, I might not have found it otherwise, as this is not my normal genre.I come from a family that has had its share of veterans, only one of my family members has spent any time in Iraq, my brother in law who works for the FBI After returning home he sent a letter out to all of telling us of his experience there This was early on in the war in Iraq and I remember how proud I was after reading his letter He told us of his interactions with the civilians in Iraq, but I m certain he didn t tell us everything Just last month in his early 40 s, my brother in law had to retire because he has Parkinson s disease, and it is has taken over to the point that he can no longer work My brother was in the Navy during the Gulf War, but has long since been out of the service I have always had great respect and admiration for our men and women in uniform, but this book left me with a greater sense of pride Unspoken Abandonment is beautifully written and incredibly insightful This is the first hand account of Bryan Wood s tour in Afghanistan, and his very long journey home I felt a series of emotions while reading this book I was sad, angry, heartbroken, and hopeful, but the greatest feeling I took away from this book was, inspired I think there is something that everyone can gain from reading Bryan s story, even though I m just a woman from Memphis it certainly made me take a look at myself and see things about myself that could be improved upon Thank you Bryan for sharing your story, I will always remember


  2. Jillian Stein Jillian Stein says:

    Let me start out by saying this is so not my typical reading genre.That being said, I want to urge you all to read this book no matter what you normally read.I am not the same person I was before I started this book I sat down at 3 00 and was finished by 9 that same day I couldn t put this book down Bryan s journal entries are unforgettable and in some cases, define all that is unimaginable in the world most of us live in By page 23, I was crying I was upset not only for the scenarios Brya Let me start out by saying this is so not my typical reading genre.That being said, I want to urge you all to read this book no matter what you normally read.I am not the same person I was before I started this book I sat down at 3 00 and was finished by 9 that same day I couldn t put this book down Bryan s journal entries are unforgettable and in some cases, define all that is unimaginable in the world most of us live in By page 23, I was crying I was upset not only for the scenarios Bryan was depicting, but also for him.the young man who was slowly losing his fresh faced outlook on life and humanity I cried so many times throughout this book but in no way does that mean I didn t love it This story is one of survival coming back from your own personal Hell and living to tell, and teach, others about it This was such an eye opening read It gives such an in depth look into what our soldiers are going through Bryan is truly an inspiration His outlook on life, and the emotional turmoil he went through to get there, is admirable beyond measure There are scenes from this book that will stay with me for a very long time.and I can thank Bryan for that, because it makes me want to be a better person and do what I can to make even a small difference in this life.Thank you, Bryan, for sharing your story with us and for a touching and remarkable read


  3. Linda Linda says:

    After binge reading a romance series, I was due for a genre change Even I kind of surprised myself with this pick, since it is so different from my usual reads This book is a personal account of a soldier who is stationed in Kabul, Afghanistan in 2003 It includes actual journal entries from his time there which were absolutely astounding The book continues with the author s account of his time back home This book was absolutely jaw dropping From the journal entries detailing life in Afgha After binge reading a romance series, I was due for a genre change Even I kind of surprised myself with this pick, since it is so different from my usual reads This book is a personal account of a soldier who is stationed in Kabul, Afghanistan in 2003 It includes actual journal entries from his time there which were absolutely astounding The book continues with the author s account of his time back home This book was absolutely jaw dropping From the journal entries detailing life in Afghanistan, to the rehab facility this soldier recovered in, to the struggles to reconcile all that he experienced with living a normal life back at homejust wow I will never forget this book Sometimes, non fiction reads like fiction Much of this book does I promise that if you usually find non fiction boring, you need to meet this book It is quick and very readable I read for lots of reasons I read to feel, to be entertained, to escape, and to learn This book made me feel and taught me so much And though I have always appreciated what those in the service do, I have a new, deeper appreciation for their absolute sacrifice Thank you Bryan, and all those who serve, for your service, your sacrifice and for sharing your story Highly recommended to anyone who readsI own a copy of this eBook


  4. Joseph Joseph says:

    Best book I ve read about Afghanistan and the best book I ve read in a while will expand this review in a day or two Can t remember the last time I couldn t put a book down, err turn off my Kindle Need to digest this book a bitbefore I give it the review it deserves slept on it overnight, review follows The tour continued on with nothing being seen except for the magnitude of extreme poverty That is when we stumbled upon a woman being beaten by two men That woman, wearing a dar Best book I ve read about Afghanistan and the best book I ve read in a while will expand this review in a day or two Can t remember the last time I couldn t put a book down, err turn off my Kindle Need to digest this book a bitbefore I give it the review it deserves slept on it overnight, review follows The tour continued on with nothing being seen except for the magnitude of extreme poverty That is when we stumbled upon a woman being beaten by two men That woman, wearing a dark blue Burqa, was on her knees and struggling to stand, as one man beat her with a belt and the other pushed her back to the ground As we drove by this scene, our guide told us this was very common in Kabul, and he said, Try not to let it bother you He told us we were going to see a lot of things that would bother us here, but we cannot get involved in this kind of mess You just have to look the other way This is a book about many things a young soldier experiencing war in Afghanistan, how he copes with that war, the stresses he endures, the people he serves with, the people who are Afghanistan who they are and how they live, injustice, culture shock, how he was torn up by the war and ultimately how he is able to put his life back together.The book had me from the get go quite simply because it is compelling Yes, I brought myself, the old Vietnam vet, to the reading and among my initial reactions was the thought those who served and who now serve in Afghanistan have a much tougher go of it than many of us who did Vietnam tours, not that Vietnam was a piece of cake, it certainly was not My second thoughts were of my son who is in Afghanistan right now.The book has much strength After 27 years in the Air Force, I taught high school for ten years, among other things US History It was a way to give back Searched for things on Vietnam that would mean something to young people, what you might call Vietnam War literature poetry, firsthand accounts, stuff that they could relate to If I were still teaching, I d use this book to teach about our involvement in Afghanistan Have read a few books about Afghanistan, most recently No Easy Day but, this is the first book I would call Afghanistan war literature It conveys an all too real sense of what it was like to have been there as a grunt It viscerally connects us as readers with the author as a soldier and with the soldiers and Afghanis with whom he served I chose the sword served advisedly I almost used the word endured Strength is the author s gift of empathy Through his capacity and desire to know something of what it is like to be an Afghani the book gives us perhapsthan the author realizes a sense of what it is like to have been born there, to live there and how tough life is there As I read through his recounting of some of the things he saw, I relearned an old lesson We Americans live in a cocoon We worry about things like buying a new Kindle, whether or not we can afford an expensive restaurant, a Facebook post that offended us, a mortgage and so on We are for lack of better words a first world country We do not have enough capacity to understand a place like Afghanistan We lack the initiative and desire to understand other countries, particularly Muslim countries This is the first book I ve read about Afghanistan that provides a feel for daily life there Yeah, it s gut wrenching and there is stuff that just rips your heart out.The book is apolitical It does not take sides It is nonjudgmental, with the exception that the author judges himself The fact that the book is nonjudgmental might just be its greatest strength.This is an incredibly honest book The author bares his soul Life has a way of humbling us all if we live long enough It takes a while, but the author rebuilds his life It could not have been easy Think it was Socrates who said the unexamined life is not worth living Afghanistan forced Bryan Wood to examine his life and his assumptions about life We who read his book are better for Bryan s having done that


  5. Aqsa (On Hiatus) Aqsa (On Hiatus) says:

    Read Ana s review that almost made me cry Read Ana s review that almost made me cry


  6. Natasha Natasha says:

    This is the most difficulty I ve ever had to write a review This book was amazing and deserves a review and I ve thought about what I want to write all day long, but I m still at a loss for words Why I have never read anything this touching and this personal How do I do this book justice, keep my review objective and keep all my opinions about the war and some of the characters aside Trust me, I got emotional and very worked up about a lot of stuff in this book, but I m not going to talk This is the most difficulty I ve ever had to write a review This book was amazing and deserves a review and I ve thought about what I want to write all day long, but I m still at a loss for words Why I have never read anything this touching and this personal How do I do this book justice, keep my review objective and keep all my opinions about the war and some of the characters aside Trust me, I got emotional and very worked up about a lot of stuff in this book, but I m not going to talk about any of that in my review.This book is about Bryan Wood that is sent to Eastern Afghanistan for a 6 month deployment He kept a journal while there and shares that journal word for word in the book The journal is a daily account of his time there his life at Camp Eagle and the military missions patrols they went on, info about the life of locals and what they endure, background about the war, etc.Nearly every day had accounts of life threatening action I can t even begin to understand how it must feel to wake up to that every day and not if it s going to be your last day How do you stay motivated and not fall into depressionI could not help but wonder how many times you can tempt fate and still walk away How many times can you keep pulling straws before you finally pull the short one I wonder if I am really going to get through thisThe accounts of what he saw done to the locals are completely heart breaking I had tears run down my face from just reading it Experiencing it and being ordered to turn a blind eye to it, unimaginable It has made me realize how incredibly grateful I must be that I was not born in an oppressed country like thatI cannot understand how I was so blessed to be born into something so much better, and until this experience, I have never appreciated any of itAs a reader, I could feel his mood get darker and darker in his journal entries He started to become numb to all the violence that surrounded himI think it is an internal defence to dehumanize these situations to make them easier to deal withAfter a while he just stops writing in his journal completelyThis will be the last night I write in this thing I have already written aboutthan I ever care to remember, and I really do not see a point to it any I am doneAfter sustaining an injury in Afghanistan, he was sent to Fort Drum in New York for recovery and to serve the rest of his term The conditions there made that evenunbearable for him and he started wishing he was rather back in the war.After his term was done he returns to his live and tries to pick up where he left of, but it is not easy You can t ever un see stuff you have seenThe way I saw the world was gone, and I saw things, almost everything, in an entirely different way It was now time to face this fact, and I needed to adjust to life in an entirely new reality Going from war to everyday life turned out to be muchcomplicated than it was for me to go from everyday life to war I searched desperately for the metaphorical light switch that would just turn that part of my life off for good, but such a switch simply doesn t existThe war changed him and there was no time to process everything that he has seen and endured He felt like nobody understood what he went through and felt alone and isolated He built up major walls around himself and became a master at hiding his problems and covered everything up with laughter and sarcasm Somebody he barely knew broke through to him and thank God he followed the advice and started facing his demons For the first time he tried to process his experience and feelings about what he endured The transformation is not something that happens overnight It takes time, but he made the choice that he wanted to change and got the help he needed He does get his happy ending and it made me smile like you won t believeI promised to never again take a single day for granted I promised to always strive to be a kinder, gentler, andunderstanding person I promised to enjoy life to its fullest, and make the most of every opportunity and blessing I am given I promised to stop worrying about the incidental, truly unimportant details we all burden ourselves with on a daily basis Most importantly, I then promised to never again give my love and affection to anyone who did not purely and honestly deserve itThis book was powerful and it really makes you think about your life and how incredibly insignificant your problems are This does not read as a self help book and it does not come across as preachy it just reads as a guy s honest account of what he endured and how he overcame the resulting PTSD I hope that other people that read this also find the strength like he did to face their problems There is always light at the end of the tunnelNo matter what life brings to me, I know I will always find a way to get by I, like everyone else, have no way of knowing what tomorrow is going to bring, but I do know I will always have the strength to get through it I will never quit, I will never surrender, and I will always prevailAmen


  7. GraceMyBookSnack GraceMyBookSnack says:

    A must read memoir Out of curiosity and upon a friend s recommendation, I started reading Unspoken Abandonment even though it s not my usual genre From beginning to end, I was captivated by Mr Wood s journey while serving in Afghanistan, and then trying to live and cope after returning home He writes with an incredible flair of compassion and raw honesty as he describes horrific and shocking events in his journal entries, events that will be forever ingrained in my mind After reading this, I A must read memoir Out of curiosity and upon a friend s recommendation, I started reading Unspoken Abandonment even though it s not my usual genre From beginning to end, I was captivated by Mr Wood s journey while serving in Afghanistan, and then trying to live and cope after returning home He writes with an incredible flair of compassion and raw honesty as he describes horrific and shocking events in his journal entries, events that will be forever ingrained in my mind After reading this, I have a clearer understanding of not only the challenges our soldiers endure during war and after returning home, but also what all the innocent people and children go through to survive a hell on earth This poignant memoir reminded me to not take things for granted and to always strive to be a better person Every once in a while we all need to be reminded of that as we go about our busy lives This story does just that andI urge anyone to read this, be moved, and then tell a friend about it Thank you, Mr Wood, for sharing your inspiring story


  8. Tiffany Tabor Tiffany Tabor says:

    I can still hear his words as if they were spoken just yesterday, If you try to do only for yourself, you ll only get so far in life If you reach out to touch other people, you can fix your own soul Charles to BryanUnspoken Abandonment by Bryan A Wood had come highly recommended to me by my dear friend, Jillian It was literally a stop what you are reading and read this book right now kind of recommendation She told me it was definitely not our normal genre of PNR and romance suspens I can still hear his words as if they were spoken just yesterday, If you try to do only for yourself, you ll only get so far in life If you reach out to touch other people, you can fix your own soul Charles to BryanUnspoken Abandonment by Bryan A Wood had come highly recommended to me by my dear friend, Jillian It was literally a stop what you are reading and read this book right now kind of recommendation She told me it was definitely not our normal genre of PNR and romance suspense, but that was really all she said Of course, I went right out to research the book Truth be told, when I read the synopsis I thought True story War veteran Memoirs Struggle with coming home Really What is Jilly thinking That probably sounds awful, I know, but it s the truth I had never even read any book about war fiction or nonfiction But I have learned to trust my friend and her book recommendations and I have never beengrateful that I listened this time I m not the best at writing reviews I struggle to express how books really make me feel There is NO WAY I can give Bryan and this book the review it deserves, but I m going to try Unspoken Abandonment is a book about war, however the war Bryan fought in in Afghanistan was only one war he survived, the second being and maybe even the harder of the two in my opinion coming home and fighting to return to his normal life To me the book has three distinct segments The first being his journal entries from his time in Bagram, Afghanistan Bryan journals his experience each day while on patrol and on different missions Again, I ll admit, I know nothing about what truly happens over there But reading the things Bryan experienced made me realize I am ignorant about how life is in Afghanistan, what our troops see daily but can do nothing about and how close they come to dying no matter what they are doing I ll leave the details for you to read, but have a box of Kleenex ready You will hurt and cry for Bryan and the struggles that start taking shape in his life as he serves our country And you will never look at a black backpack or something as simple as a ballcap the same again Bryan, I have a backpack with your name on it The second segment is when he returns home and the struggles that took shape in Afghanistan become full blown when he tries to return to the life he had before He quickly learns that the normal life he once had cannot be found and the relationships he had before being deployed aren t the same and never would be again This brings me to the third and final segment of the book and the reason I used the quote I did at the first of this review, Bryan taking his life back Not the one prior to leaving but the life he was meant to live once he came back The quote comes from a conversation he has with an unlikely acquaintance and it is what changes his outlook and it is where his healing starts No quote has ever rang truer or made such an impact on my life as this one If you read no other book, read this one It will change your life.Bryan, you have reached out and touched my life, and from reading the other reviews of your incredible story, you have touched many others as well Thank you for serving our country and protecting everything I hold dear in my life Thank you for opening my eyes to a world I know so little about But mostly, thank you for sharing the struggles you had and how you reclaimed your life


  9. Radostina Radostina says:

    Unspoken Abandonment tells a story so typical a story that any soldier might have told and yet so very personal and unique that by the end of the book I felt I ve known author Bryan Wood forever War has this way of depersonalizing its victims, both civilian and military we are so used to hearing about it in terms of numbers and dry statistics that we often fail to realize how many anonymous lives have been shattered to serve purposes that at best can be called unclear.Bryan Wood s writing is Unspoken Abandonment tells a story so typical a story that any soldier might have told and yet so very personal and unique that by the end of the book I felt I ve known author Bryan Wood forever War has this way of depersonalizing its victims, both civilian and military we are so used to hearing about it in terms of numbers and dry statistics that we often fail to realize how many anonymous lives have been shattered to serve purposes that at best can be called unclear.Bryan Wood s writing is lucid and easy to follow, his story straight forward and bearing an immense emotional charge He has managed to brilliantly recount both the horrors of war and the uncertainties awaiting veterans back home He writes about survival and coping, rebuilding life from scratch, finding strength and hope again In this sense, Unspoken Abandonment is truly inspirational It also raises quite a few moral issues, so it s muchthan one person s account of his war experience This book had a special appeal to me because someone I know was deployed to Iraq apart from my personal bias, though, it is a really worthy read and I heartily recommend it


  10. Ramona Ramona says:

    Unspoken Abandonment is one of those books that love the book is not the appropriate term to use I am so glad I read this book, and feel it s a must read for family friends of anyone who has been deployed in the military and for returning soldiers who knows or thinks they may have PTSD anyone who cares about them PTSD can be prevalent in soldiers who have served we as a nation need to beaware of its symptoms not only be able to, but willing to show our support in any way needed Unspoken Abandonment is one of those books that love the book is not the appropriate term to use I am so glad I read this book, and feel it s a must read for family friends of anyone who has been deployed in the military and for returning soldiers who knows or thinks they may have PTSD anyone who cares about them PTSD can be prevalent in soldiers who have served we as a nation need to beaware of its symptoms not only be able to, but willing to show our support in any way needed Thanks to Bryan for sharing his story A very moving story that for me could only be read in small increments I highly recommend it for any adult who considers him or herself an American Citizen.I m not sharing details from Bryan s book in this review on purpose because I feel it s a book that one must experience in their own way with little prior information