Flashes of War



[PDF] ✈ Flashes of War Author Katey Schultz – E17streets4all.co.uk Numerous characters returning US soldier and pragmatic jihadist, Afghan mother and listless American sister, courageous amputee and a ghost that cannot let go appear in Flashes of War, which captures Numerous characters returning US soldier and pragmatic jihadist, Afghan mother and listless American sister, courageous amputee and a ghost that cannot let go appear in Flashes of War, which captures personal moments of fear, introspection, confusion, and valor in one Flashes of Kindle - collection spanning nations and perspectives Written in clear, accessible language with startling metaphors, this unforgettable journey leaves aside judgment, bringing us closer to a broader understanding of war by focusing on individuals, their motivations, and their impossible decisions.Flashes of War

Katey Schultz grew up in Portland, Oregon, and is most recently from Celo, North Carolina She is a graduate of the Pacific University MFA in Writing Program and recipient of the Linda Flowers Literary Award from the North Carolina Humanities Flashes of Kindle - Council She lives in a Airstream trailer bordering the Pisgah National Forest Flashes of War is her first book.

Flashes of War MOBI Ñ Flashes of  Kindle -
  • Paperback
  • 200 pages
  • Flashes of War
  • Katey Schultz
  • English
  • 18 July 2017
  • 1934074853

10 thoughts on “Flashes of War

  1. says:

    This slender collection of short stories and flash fiction packs a punch I sat down on a Sunday morning with a little bit of dread, I admit, nervous about how grim the stories would be and how the author who has no military experience would handle the topic Despite my wildly liberal political leanings, I m from a military family and the US military is a complicated animal for me I wasn t interested in a wholly patriotic wash nor aggressive criticisms I was surprised to find I d finis This slender collection of short stories and flash fiction packs a punch I sat down on a Sunday morning with a little bit of dread, I admit, nervous about how grim the stories would be and how the author who has no military experience would handle the topic Despite my wildly liberal political leanings, I m from a military family and the US military is a complicated animal for me I wasn t interested in a wholly patriotic wash nor aggressive criticisms I was surprised to find I d finished this book just as my wife came in for her first cup of coffee and that I really liked it My experience isn t dissimilar to that of Vestal Review, and we both had the same thoughts upon finishing Comprised of thirty one short stories and flash fiction shorts in 150 words , the stories share the points of view of active duty US soldiers, families in Iraq and Afghanistan affected by the conflict, military spouses and loved ones, the damaged and the healing While the opening piece felt a little too clever for me a soldier in Afghanistan is bitter about Americans watching Hollywood action flicks at the mall the rest of the collection wasn t self conscious or smugly ironic Sad, a little crude, bittersweet, frightening, and at moments, even happy, these stories run a range of emotions rather beautifully Schultz s writing is clear and to the point, no wasted words or flighty, aloof sentiments While Schultz isn t graphic in articulating the violence these soldiers and survivors see, it s apparent, tempered with resilience and the grim determination to survive.Some of my favorite pieces include The Quiet Kind , about a husband and father s quiet PTSD and the frigid barriers between him and those at home Deuce Out , in which the younger teenaged sister of a man serving in Afghanistan decides to emulate her beloved older brother KIA , the sparse and heartbreaking outline of a man killed in action Checkpoint , about the devastating impact of misunderstanding cultural gestures and Aaseya Rahim , about an Afghan couple in an arranged marriage who find themselves in love with each other as they both work hard to survive.A surprising but satisfying collection, those who are interested in stories of the military and those impacted by war will likely enjoy these pieces Schultz is another writer now on my to watch for list

  2. says:

    When I read Katey Schultz s Flashes of War I was very impressed, for a collection of short stories I felt it was very consistent with good quality stories I loved the different tones she used throughout the book, where some stories were very slow, and gloomy, while other stories arefast paced and action based I love action stories, so thefast paced stories wereinteresting, such as M.I.A, and Checkpoint But as a whole, I really enjoyed the book, and I was very pleased with K When I read Katey Schultz s Flashes of War I was very impressed, for a collection of short stories I felt it was very consistent with good quality stories I loved the different tones she used throughout the book, where some stories were very slow, and gloomy, while other stories arefast paced and action based I love action stories, so thefast paced stories wereinteresting, such as M.I.A, and Checkpoint But as a whole, I really enjoyed the book, and I was very pleased with Katey Schultz s interpretation of both wartime Afghanistan and Iraq The author does an amazing job telling her stories through the native people in some of her stories like Stars over Afghanistan which gives off a strong sense of Afghani pride, which I really enjoyed She also portrays soldiers during war, and after war, giving a nice contrast, and good insight into their daily struggles even after returning from combat As a work of fiction, she makes it seem very real by using real world situations, and real world emotions making the stories that muchpowerful Flashes of War is a well written, and at times a controversial work of fiction, her not being in combat gives off the notion that she doesn t know what she s writing about I believe she did comprehensive research on the topic therefore almost filling that void that the experience of combat gives soldiers Katey Schultz also uses great wordplay and impactful storytelling, which gives you a powerful, and very real insight into people s lives thousands of miles away For readers who enjoy wartime stories, and short stories, it s a must read, and for someone who is looking for a good read, I would also recommend this book

  3. says:

    Katey Schultz in Flashes of War totally surprises her readers by the ability to share short stories from many perspectives those of both military and civilian American, Afghan, and Iraqi She shares the consequences of war on all sides The author tells her readers that she spent 31 out of 36 months traveling across the United States while she wrote Flashes of War Her research and passion shine throughout this book Many readers marvel that someone who has no experience with war can write Katey Schultz in Flashes of War totally surprises her readers by the ability to share short stories from many perspectives those of both military and civilian American, Afghan, and Iraqi She shares the consequences of war on all sides The author tells her readers that she spent 31 out of 36 months traveling across the United States while she wrote Flashes of War Her research and passion shine throughout this book Many readers marvel that someone who has no experience with war can write so astutely on the topic This book doesn t bring judgment to the war, but the individual experiences and emotions of people affected bringing us closer to a broader understanding of war by focusing on individuals, their motivations, and their impossible decisions Readers will find these short stories very powerful Anyone wanting insight into the War on Terror will want to read Katey Schultz s Flashes of War Reviewed for Military Writers Society of America

  4. says:

    War is hell, but this collection of short shorts and full length stories is terrific I loved the mixes of points of view male and female soldiers, loved ones on the homefront, Afghan civilians affected by the waryou name it The writing is crisp and fluid, and almost always moving Well done.

  5. says:

    A book that explores well the circumstances of war from many angles.The stories float from gritty brutal truth to the philosophical underparts showing through the writing flow Regardless, definitely good writing.

  6. says:

    4 out of 5 Stars An Enlightening book that provides readers with unique perspectives of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars Unlike the majority of authors who write stories, memoirs and other pieces of literature regarding war and its repercussions, Katey Schultz is in fact not a veteran One would think that because of this, her work on the war in the Middle East would be less effective or impactful This is not true by any means In her book of short stories, Flashes of War, Schultz excels at givin 4 out of 5 Stars An Enlightening book that provides readers with unique perspectives of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars Unlike the majority of authors who write stories, memoirs and other pieces of literature regarding war and its repercussions, Katey Schultz is in fact not a veteran One would think that because of this, her work on the war in the Middle East would be less effective or impactful This is not true by any means In her book of short stories, Flashes of War, Schultz excels at giving readers a taste of not only the modern wars overseas, but also how brutally it can affect anyone from the United States soldier to an Afghan child It is these unique perspectives that Schultz writes from that provides readers with experiences that they may not have thought of before, in an unbiased and extremely well written way In some of the stories, Schultz writes about soldiers homecomings and how exactly they feel about being home These stories, such as Home on Leave, Permanent Wave, and Homecoming are ones readers may seem familiar with or that they may have read about before Schultz makes it known what is going on in these soldiers minds and how what others say to them or in some cases don t say makes them feel Schultz successfully writes these homecomings in different ways, with some being happy or cheerful while others aresomber, especially when Schultz delves deeper into the characters thoughts Still, when it comes to soldiers, there are many stories of their time in combat Some are even humorous and quite contrast to the somber stories of loss and death MRE s is an example as the soldiers attempt to get their stern Commanding Officer to laugh and smile In a way it is heartwarming how easily Schultz can flip the switch from an emotional perspective What makes this book stand above and beyond other works of war literature is the way Schultz gives usthan what we are familiar with She shows the other side of the war with the civilians and children of the Middle East It is also how Schultz can tell such different stories that makes it evenmemorable The sad and tragic My Son Wanted a Notebook, gives way to ahopeful and even inspiring story in Into Pure Bronze Later the story Sima Couldn t Remember approaches an aspect in Middle Eastern culture,specifically how women are treated Still, there is another perspective Schultz so successfully presents and that is the how the family members back home feel of their loved ones fighting overseas We see this in Deuce Out and feel sorry for the sister of a soldier who goes overseas, and how she copes with the loneliness without her brother Getting Perspective is similar but goes even deeper as the speaker copes with the loss of the man she loved I gave the book four stars out of five because while I did enjoy the individual stories and seeing all the different unique perspectives that Schultz provides, I did not like how short some of them were Several stories are barely two pages in length and gives us, the reader, no time to learnabout who is in the story or what is happening This of course isopinionated and some readers will thoroughly enjoy the way Schultz has written the book Enough can not be said of her talent as a writer, and the amount of research and preparation she put into writing this book is clear Schultz successfully has written a book that will at times make you smile or laugh, and at other times force you to put the book down and simply reflect on what you have read Most importantly, in the end she will leave you craving for

  7. says:

    Not your Typical War Stories The book, Flashes of War , by Katey Schultz, is creative, interesting and emotional Schultz does a great job of keeping the reader intrigued and focused throughout the book She does so by incorporating detailed short stories flashes of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, which are intense and attention grabbing Each story offers new topics for discussion, as they are all written in different perspectives with individual viewpoints The well structured collectio Not your Typical War Stories The book, Flashes of War , by Katey Schultz, is creative, interesting and emotional Schultz does a great job of keeping the reader intrigued and focused throughout the book She does so by incorporating detailed short stories flashes of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, which are intense and attention grabbing Each story offers new topics for discussion, as they are all written in different perspectives with individual viewpoints The well structured collection of stories includes stories ranging from an American soldier s perspective to a Jihadi woman s perspective This unique structure keeps the reader on their toes It gives them a thirst to read on and develop new thoughts on the wars The author creates all of these stories based on shared information she received from all people who were touched by the wars Her innovative mind constructs these flashes, which accurately portray the wars The stories are interesting since they based are written through a multitude of different perspectives Instead of one war story which might get boring and too information packed, Schultz writes many stories about the wars which are touchy and impactful She grabs the reader s emotions and straps the reader s mind on a metaphorical chain to the book The stories latch onto the reader and affect their emotions The book is fictional and the stories are all made up this does not take away from the impact of them The book isinfluential than many other war novels which are straight up and repetitive Schultz turns the tide by including multiple stories that are realistic and creative Each story is told differently through different perspectives One story Home on Leave describes a soldier named Bradley s experience while back home Another story With the Burqa describes a Jihadi woman who wears a burqa through one of her students Schultz mixes up the stories through an array of perspectives which sparks interest The stories she writes are extremely emotional The story The Notebook describes a poor Jihadi boy that has nothing His parents finally collect enough money to get him a notebook which he desired for writing and drawing in As he leaves for school that day, he is killed by a car explosion as his parents watch Schultz emotional stories greatly impact the reader and give them an understanding of the wars The book incredibly describes the war through these short stories which leave strong impact The reader definitely has a better knowledge of the wars after reading the book If you are the type of person who gets bored reading lengthy novels which can be repetitive and boring, then this is definitely a good read since it is the exact opposite of that The book is creative, interesting and emotional I strongly recommend this to anyone who wants to understandabout the wars in Afghanistan Iraq or wars in general

  8. says:

    As someone who does not read war stories that often, I didn t particularly enjoy this book The word book is also a bit of a stretch this isof an anthology It s a collection of stories that has no really clear connection as far as characters or plotlines Now this is not to say that this was not well written Katey Schultz, the author, is a brilliant writer I just prefer my stories to be linear and build a plot throughout the whole book This particular style of writing, flash fiction, As someone who does not read war stories that often, I didn t particularly enjoy this book The word book is also a bit of a stretch this isof an anthology It s a collection of stories that has no really clear connection as far as characters or plotlines Now this is not to say that this was not well written Katey Schultz, the author, is a brilliant writer I just prefer my stories to be linear and build a plot throughout the whole book This particular style of writing, flash fiction, seems to be Schultz s specialty She has written another book, this one is actually labeled anthology, which is called Bite She writes very well in this style She seems to have a good grasp of how to create a story in a short period of time However, it doesn t seem like the correct style to use for this kind of topic To me, writing a fictional story about the wars over in the Middle East should be something with a lot of substance that a reader could get sucked into A longer story would make it easier for the reader to get into the shoes of the characters Schultz does a good job portraying the emotional sides of her characters, despite having such a short time to do so She establishes relationships with other characters onthan just a physical level She shows how they interact personally, like between a man and his dog Other books or stories that I have read about the Iraq or Afghanistan war have not covered this side of it at all Schultz dives deep into what she believes to be the psyche of the soldiers or civilians in these places Despite the fact that she has never been in any of these situations, she seems to have done a good job capturing the emotions of those involved I can t give a definite answer on this because I have never been in any of these situations These stories were very well written and thought out It really illustrates how much research Schultz did when she is able to give so much information even though she has never done any of these things The fact that she did any research at all shows how much she really cares about not only the Americans fighting over seas but also those who have no part in the war These people that are just trying to live their lives but are forced to either leave their homes or live in a war zone Most of the stories had a solid American bias, which only makes sense because Shultz is an American writer Even the stories that had characters that were Iraqi or Afghani seemed to never show Americans in a particularly bad light Now this is not a bad thing, it just makes the book seem to have a big bias toward the American perspective as opposed to being neutral Over all Flashes of War was a well written book The way it was presented was not what I normally read or prefer, and the bias are the only things that I can find any fault in

  9. says:

    Flashes of War has a unique fictional approach based on the Iraq and Afghanistan unlike traditional war stories By itself, Katey Schultz s work is an easy read Many short stories form her book Most of the war stories I have read are usually about a depicted group of characters whose lives change dramatically through a course of tragic events But Schultz does not write about an evolution, she writes about perception Like an artist would view a sculpture, Schultz views the Iraqi and Afghan co Flashes of War has a unique fictional approach based on the Iraq and Afghanistan unlike traditional war stories By itself, Katey Schultz s work is an easy read Many short stories form her book Most of the war stories I have read are usually about a depicted group of characters whose lives change dramatically through a course of tragic events But Schultz does not write about an evolution, she writes about perception Like an artist would view a sculpture, Schultz views the Iraqi and Afghan conflicts from different angles in her writing with alternating settings and changes the characters from American to Middle Eastern.Some of the best novels based on other significant wars, such as Vietnam or World War II, were written by actual eyewitnesses who lived these events, but did not publish their work until years later Currently, not all the stories from Iraq and Afghanistan have unfolded and history has not ceased to be written From my understanding, Shultz is not a soldier who actually fought in the cities she wrote her pieces about, but she has done extensive research in her fiction to make her audience feel as though her work is true.The news is limited to all of the true facts because the truth is either censored or is unknown Schultz makes an honest attempt to link these pieces together to form stories that connect fiction to reality In these stories, she depicts her characters as real human beings and we pretend as though we know them personally However, we do not normally view people this way In the news, we view casualties as a statistic, but Flashes of War changes the way we think and each individual, in real life, is given apurposeful meaning Not all of stories about the minds of American soldiers Some are about the innocent lives of Afghan families and their daily struggles from the oppression of the Taliban and relentless violence taking over their homeland.My favorite example of what she is trying to convey comes from one of her pieces, KIA Glancing at the text it is just a list of items belonging to an American soldier after he has passed In general, we would view her work as a bunch of stuff, but it has asignificant meaning Each item has its own story woven into the list about who he loves, his family, and his personality You feel closer to this individual and greatens your empathy for all of our soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the midst of combat I personally liked Flashes of War and think it is good read for anyone Not only does Schultz have a spin on how classic war stories are told, but also her writing changes thought and opinion of the Middle Eastern conflicts She puts an emphasis on the importance of human life and does not limit our view of war to just combat and death

  10. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Flashes of War, by Katey Schultz, is a terrific collection of short stories that will yank on your emotions from beginning to end Despite never participating in the war, Schultz beautifully captures every point of view involved soldiers, veterans, family members, and iraqi afghani citizens From these viewpoints, she forms an entire universe around the characters with only a few short pages, sometimes less than a page With minimal amount of space to develop a storyline, Schultz entirely pulls Flashes of War, by Katey Schultz, is a terrific collection of short stories that will yank on your emotions from beginning to end Despite never participating in the war, Schultz beautifully captures every point of view involved soldiers, veterans, family members, and iraqi afghani citizens From these viewpoints, she forms an entire universe around the characters with only a few short pages, sometimes less than a page With minimal amount of space to develop a storyline, Schultz entirely pulls the reader into the life of her characters When reading certain short stories included, such as Home on Leave, Getting Perspective, and My Son Wanted a Notebook, it was difficult to put down the story from the first words Even better, the stories are all so short that many individuals ones can be finished in one sitting.While I thoroughly enjoyed reading many short stories as opposed to one long story, it did take a toll on my emotions For example spoiler alert , My Son Wanted a Notebook was only about one page long and brings the reader along a roller coaster of feelings It begins with a boy who, as the title suggests, wants a notebook He gets money from his mom, some of the little money that the family has, and he goes to the store to get one and improve his education However, after he leaves, a roadside bomb explodes and the boy is killed as an unfortunate casualty of war In one page, Schultz catapults the reader through joy and optimism for this young child, then horror, sadness and anger as the child is killed The weight that the child s parents must be feeling is on the shoulders of the reader In one page, I developed a connection to the kid that was surprisingly strong.Flashes of War is a very well written series of stories which excellently captures the lives of all those involved in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan Since it is not one long novel but a collection of short stories, it is a very quick, easy read that can be continued with a few minutes here and there However it is so emotionally taxing that it perhaps cannot be read all at a time This books greatest feature, it s ability to create an emotional connection to the text, makes it difficult to complete.P.S An honorable mention is the short story KIA, which is simply a list of items that would be found in the room of a soldier who died in battle There are no sentences, only items listed out and sorted into the areas of the room which they are found Even by naming items, Schultz exquisitely describes the life of this soldier and paints of picture of the aftermath of his sacrifice

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