|The Patrol Written by Ryan Flavelle|
Review By Alex Davis
The Patrol is a memoir of war, written by Canadian Reservist Ryan Flavelle, who worked as a Signaller for the Canadian Army during a seven month tour of
The Patrol is Ryan Flavelle’s first-person account of his many patrols in
In it, Ryan talks about the boring, foot-slogging patrols from one base to another, and the gripping, intense moments of his career. He tells these stories from his own perspective, as if he were speaking directly from the moment that the events happened, going so far as to explain the sweat that dripped down his face at the moment or the ringing in his ears.
Despite the story being recounted from such a personal perspective, The Patrol is told with great detail. The author literally paints a picture of the muddy grape fields, the filth covered Afghan wadis and the unbearably hot, dusty climate of
Ryan Flavelle talks about many different things in his book, not just the dangers of
Overall, The Patrol is one of the most personal, in-your-face and relatable battle memoirs to date. Ryan Flavelle is the modern soldier, speaking to people on their own level in a clear and easily understandable way. It is a battle memoir that few others will be able to emulate.
The Patrol by Ryan Flavelle, foreword by David J. Bercuson. Published by Harper Collins in 2011, includes 251 pages, b/w images, index. ISBN: 978-1-44340-717-5. Soft cover: $29.99