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Charles@Afghanistan: Crazy Encounters from the Not-So-Front Lines

Charles McDonald Holt

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ISBN 10: 193646702X / ISBN 13: 9781936467020
Published by Vantage Point, 2011
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Title: Charles@Afghanistan: Crazy Encounters from ...

Publisher: Vantage Point

Publication Date: 2011

Book Condition:Good

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Since the war in Afghanistan began there have been "first person" books, movies, and memoirs galore about the intense experience on the ground, the political controversies, and the regrettable losses that go hand in hand with any war. Just to be clear about this; Charles@Afghanistan: Crazy Encounters from the Not-So-Front Lines by Charles McDonald Holt IS NOT THAT BOOK - not by a Texas mile! There are more than a few stories in this book that will frighten you, or bring a tear to your eye - but there are far more that will bring you make you gasp for air, and wipe away tears - of laughter.
This story of a good old boy from the South East Texas Piney Woods turned truck driver for the U.S. Military in Afghanistan, is told in a series of emails he sent home to family and friends to document his experiences as a "stranger in a strange land." From stories of fallen comrade ceremonies, plumbing that is both primitive and mystifyingly complicated at the same time, to sharing his chicken dinner with the biggest Wasp he had ever seen: "He is as large as a Bumble Bee, the color of a Red Wasp, and his tail is black in color with a big yellow ring. He looked like a Hornet on steroids."  Holt, sees it all, and tells it all, and never loses his dry sense of humor. His stories have heart and humor, and he is also a truth-teller; a non-military man in the middle of a very military operation - it's called war. War is never fun, but that doesn't mean that it can't be funny.

From the Author:

What initially began as a few emails to friends has turned into an ongoing documentary. My wife, Roxane, and I had just come home to Texas, after being on tour with some well-known Broadway musicals for the last three years. I would like to say we were part of the show, singing and dancing, but I can't. Rox could probably pull it off but not this fat boy. We just owned one of the trucks it took to move these shows from city to city. It was great fun until tragedy struck. First we had a major engine malfunction to the tune of $38,000.00 - let me tell you that hurt. We spent a lot of time and money in the selection and purchase of a new truck. Almost immediately upon our purchase my wife's stepdad passed away, another tragedy. I found myself on tour without my helpmate because she went to be with her mother. I did not like it one bit. I found myself in a strange truck by myself, and I felt as lost as a man could feel. I did the only thing a man of my higher learning could be expected to do in a time of crisis like that--I quit my job and sold my truck! I know. I'm a wuss. But it seemed like a good idea at the time. I soon found out I didn't have the money it took to live a normal life without a job so I started looking for work. My dad used to tell me the only problem he ever had with looking for work is that he always found it, and I think I have the same curse. I was hired on to go to Afghanistan and drive a truck for the US Military. I wrote an email to my family and friends to let them all know what I was doing and then followed up that email with others just to keep everybody up to date. What started as a note to friends has turned into the journal you are about to read. This journal really has no specific intent other than to share with my friends what this old Texas boy (not really old, just a figure of speech) was experiencing outside the confines of the southeast Texas piney woods. As I rewrite all of my emails, I will try and take away the email format by combining each story as gracefully as I can for your enjoyment. All of the original stories are here in their entirety and many are untouched in the way they read. In some, however, I have gone more in depth and expanded upon the original material. You will discover I begin a lot of my paragraphs with the word "I". A simple explanation is the fact that I am talking about me. What can I say? I hope you enjoy my story.

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