I wish I could give this three and a half stars. Parts of it were riveting and by the last quarter of the book, I was dusting the sand out of my hair, dreaming about sleeping under broken trucks and worrying about friendly fire. I deducted a half star because the characters were somewhat interchangeable and I never felt like I got to know any of them -- though to be fair, this really isn't a character driven book. Even though the experience of war was a little too glorified for my taste, the book seemed incredibly authentic and well researched (of course I wouldn't really know if it wasn't). Recommended, despite the quibbles.