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Saber's Edge: A Combat Medic in Ramadi, Iraq

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The Human Face of the Citizen Soldier at War

By Charles E. Rittenburg - August 2, 2009

Anyone interested in modern American military operations will enjoy this book. But I especially recommend it to the everyday American who wonders what it's actually like to be fighting on the front lines of the Global War on Terror. This story is told straight from the shoulder. It's easy to pick up and read, and you don't have to be a veteran, a techno-geek, or a military historian to understand it. Mr. Middleton describes what it's like for the iconic American citizen-soldier--not a Regular Army man, but a workaday civilian who in "real life" is a nurse, a salesman, a teacher, etc.--to be called to 18 months of active duty to defend his country in a combat zone far from home. Middleton, a combat medic and a religious Catholic, describes movingly his own reactions to the realities of the combat experience, both the ugly and the sublime. He describes suspenseful combat actions conducted by the Vermonters, but also the daily tedium of serving far from home in a strange, hostile,... read more

Taking the Fight to the Enemy

By G. Friese - January 8, 2010

Saber's edge is Tom Middleton's chronicle of his experiences as a Firefighter/Paramedic/Nurse National Guardsman from Vermont taking the fight to the enemy in the chaotic and violent city of Ramadi Iraq in 2005. Tom gives a detailed account of day-to-day activities as well as the pivotal battles and encounters with the enemy where he was forced to reconcile his role as a combat medic with an infantry platoon.

As a paramedic I appreciated Tom's detailed accounts of how he applied his lifesaving skills to friends and foes. I also appreciated his sharing the turmoil he faced healing those that had just been attempting to harm him and his companions, but the importance to the greater mission to show compassion.

Tom also explores how his spirituality and catholic religious beliefs were strengthened as he prayed and discussed the justness of war, killing combatants, death and injury to non-combatants, and the importance of staying true to a strong set of moral... read more

Great Book

By Elizabeth Cline - September 27, 2010

I bought this book because I wanted to know more about the place my Husband spent a year in. He was there right after these guys left and because of this I jumped on this book to help me understand what my Husband went through. I now have even more respect for my Husband, not that I didn't have any before, and I think that anyone who has questions about what it was like for these Brave men could learn a lot from this book.

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