Collateral Damage

Book 2 of Don’t ask, don’t tell series
by Miski Harris

I received an ARC copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Have you ever wondered how hard was it to serve under the Don’t ask, don’t tell policy for the members of the LGBTQ+ community? If you are unfamiliar with this notion, the policy was in effect between 1994 and 2011 and prohibited to speak of or live by their sexual orientation while serving in the US army. Even though superiors haven’t got the authority to ask directly the soldiers serving under them, military personnel caught with “non-proper behavior” were discharged from service.

The original goal of the policy was the defense of the army’s reputation and high morale, but it had long lasting effects on the gay, lesbian, bi etc military personnel by shaming and criminalizing them. So in I my opinion the DADT is a great choice from the author for her books, because people should know about the mental and physical effects this policy had. And the Don’t Ask, Don’t tell duologue will give you a pretty good understanding.

📃 Book Datacard 📃🏷

Source: Goodreads

Place in the series: 2nd volume
Length of the book: 110 pages (Kindle size)
Can be read as a stand-alone: Yes
Even though some events from the 1st volume are mentioned, everything is explained sufficiently.
Language difficulty: ⚪️⚪️⚫️⚫️⚫️
This book is really easy to read for non-native English speakers with intermediate language level. Military jargon, expressions or abbreviations were kept on a minimal level, which is understandable because the main characters had already left the army.
My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
It’s more like 3.9 due to some factors that frustrated me.

My opinion about the book

Conclusion

It was an OK read for me, I liked the troubled veterans dealing with their traumas, even if I sometimes couldn’t understand their behavior. I don’t have experience with PTSD or have people close to me who deal with this illness, but reading this book gave me a feel for what it would be to live with them. If you want to read about PTSD and the effects on human mind, but you don’t want something long and too dark, you should give these books a try.

Notes

Source od cover image: Case study

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