Early Morning Reading – The Valley by John Renehan
I’ve started the morning by reading a novel set in Afghanistan during our war, THE VALLEY by John Renehan. The protagonist, Lt. Black, has been sent to a remote, dangerous combat outpost in the Nuristan mountains to investigate a 15-6, the army regulation for investigating misconduct by a military unit. So far (I’m on page 120), the novel revolves around Black’s less than idealistic view of his place in the Army. He is clearly burnt out and has lost whatever idealism prompted him to go to officer candidate school, but does have a wry sense of humor and a great b.s. detector.
The author, John Renehan left a promising law career in New York to join the army at the age of 34 and served as an artillery officer in Iraq.