Review: Red Platoon


When one hears about the war in Afghanistan on the news, it  is a sanitized version. In reality war Red Platoonis exhausting, dirty, and bloody. I remember the time, when I was a young boy, a Marine came to our door to notify my parents that my brother had been seriously wounded in Vietnam.  It was devastating news for our family.  My brother, lying in a hospital bed in Guam with his back ripped apart by shrapnel from an RPG, took months to heal; and in fact never fully recovered until his death forty-plus years later. Soldiers are brave men–heroes.

The men of Red Platoon give us a picture of real men; scared but brave in the face of danger–brothers in battle, protecting each other and encouraging each other in the midst of chaos.

Red Platoon is a book difficult to read and to put down. The author, who was one of the platoon leaders, was on the ground during the fierce battle at Afghanistan Army Base, COP Keating. It is a riveting account of the attack on the base by enemy insurgents. The author takes the reader right into the battle–you can smell it and taste it; it’s a place you do not want to be.

This is a book about heroes. The only negative in a book like this is a younger child would not be able to read it, not because of the action, but the language, and that is too bad.  We need young readers versions of books like this so children today can read what a real hero is like.  I’m not criticizing the use of the language–it gets the point across, but for a young child, it would be difficult to process.


Author: pastor roger

Pastor Roger is retired Executive Director of Hope Now For Youth. Hope Now is a Christian rescue organization. The ministry helps young gang members get out of the gang life and into a job. He is a licensed pastor in Hope Now Bible Church where he preaches on various Sundays throughout the year and leads an adult Bible study during the week. He serves on the Board of Directors and assists the new executive director as the organization’s Director of Communications and Director of Cambodia Ministries. He graduated with High Honors from Moody Bible Institute with a Bachelors degree in Biblical Studies. He attended Riverside Community College, Biola College (University), and he received his certificate in Strategic Planning and Management in Retailing from Babson College. Roger was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard in the early 70s. In 1980 he began a 24-year career with Berean Christian Stores (now Lifeway Christian Stores). In 2000 he became president of the company and served in that position for four years. He became Executive Director and CEO of Hope Now For Youth in 2004 and retired from that position in 2018. He has traveled to Antarctica, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Canada, New Zealand, South Pacific Islands, Cambodia, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Jordan and Israel. In 1975 he married Carol and has two married daughters and eight grandchildren (Six grandsons and two granddaughters). He believes in the U.S. Constitution and supports all efforts to defend it. Roger enjoys learning how to be a better writer, coffee (not tea) reading, playing golf, watching (soon to be World Champions Dodgers) baseball, and hanging out with his grandkids.

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