Monday, June 2, 2014

No Place to Hide by W. Lee Warren, M.D., Major, USAF (Ret.)

No Place to Hide: A Brain Surgeon's Long Journey Home from the Iraq War by W. Lee Warren, M.D. is a firsthand account of about four months of the Iraq war from the perspective of an Air Force trauma neurosurgeon. Stationed at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, Warren treated members of the U.S. military, members of the Iraqi National Guard and police force, and Iraqi civilians. Their problems varied from brain tumors to bullet wounds in the brain and varying degrees of destruction from IEDs.

Based on Warren's memories and almost daily emails home while deployed, No Place to Hide, is written in a fluid and easy to read style. Warren is extremely honest in his descriptions of what he saw and experienced and how he felt about it all. Some of the descriptions of the human destruction left behind by IEDs are horrific. He balances that with moments of hope and kindness that were able to life his spirits in the midst of tragedy. 

While Warren's account of his wartime experiences is not overtly "Christian," it does chronicle some of his struggles with issues of faith because of issues both at home and at war. It is also somewhat unique among war stories in that it is sanitized when it comes to language and actions. 

I enjoyed reading No Place to Hide. It was fast paced and descriptive. I would recommend it to anyone interested in medicine (specifically surgery), war accounts in general, or the Iraq war in particular.

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookLook book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255