War Veteran (OPL Human Library 2014)
Annotation:A remarkable story of the recuperation of Canadian reservist Trevor Greene, nearly killed by a Taliban attack; and the love and determination shown by his fiancée Debbie in aiding his recovery
Annotation:Captain Robert Semrau, the Canadian soldier who was arrested for allegedly killing a mortally wounded Taliban soldier, gives a first-hand account of war in Afghanistan. Also in e-book format.
Annotation:What compels a young, affluent Canadian to put on a uniform and risk his life for the controversial mission in Afghanistan? And how does his family cope with his loss when he is killed there?
Annotation: In 2008, Ryan Flavelle, a reservist in the Canadian Army and a student at the University of Calgary, volunteered to serve in Afghanistan. For one seven-day period, Flavelle went into Taliban country. The Patrol is a gritty, boots-on-the-ground memoir of a soldier's experience in the Canadian Forces in the twenty-first century.
Annotation:Documents the recovery of Paul Franklin, a soldier injured in a 2006 suicide bombing. Paul lost both of his legs above the knee as the result of his injuries, but returned home determined to walk again. Within four months of his injury, and against the odds and predictions of doctors, Franklin learned to walk on artificial legs.
Annotation:(Fiction) On April 7, 2005, an IED blast in Afghanistan alters the course of Jeremy Merkin's life forever. He returns home to find that nothing has changed, and yet everything is different. A Globe and Mail "Best Summer Reading 2013" pick.
Annotation:In 1988, Albie Sachs, an activist South African lawyer, was car-bombed by agents of South Africa's security forces. His right arm was blown off and he lost the sight of one eye. An intimate and moving account of his recovery.
Annotation:(Fiction) When their plane is shot down in a blizzard while transporting an important Taliban detainee, navigator Michael Parson and Army interpreter Sergeant Gold fight for survival in the harsh terrain of Afghanistan, where they struggle to outmaneuver terrorists and dubiously trustworthy villagers. First in a series. Also an audiobook CD.
Annotation:(Fiction) Two tours of Iraq under his belt, Sergeant Dave Henley has seen something of how modern battles are fought. But nothing can prepare him for the posting to Forward Operating Base Senzhiri, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. This is a warzone like even he's never seen before.
Annotation: A comprehensive view of a complex war. Raw footage of combat, rare photos and intimate firsthand accounts capture all angles of the war from the soldiers' viewpoint .
Annotation:A Fifth Estate documentary featuring three Canadian soldiers who served in Afghanistan. Jeff, Matt and Dave speak candidly about the flashbacks hurtling them back to the war zone, grief for dead comrades, their ongoing battles with addiction, even suicide attemps