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Book Review: Horse Soldiers

Hhorseorse Soldiers

by Doug Stanton

My rating: 5 of 5 starts

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For those of you who think cyber-intel and technology are the tools of war, read Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton. What an eye-opener. Here’s an excerpt:

“…the dramatic account of a small band of Special Forces soldiers who…rode to war on horses against the Taliban. Outnumbered forty to one, they pursued the enemy across mountainous terrain and…captured the city of Mazar-i-Sharif…essential if they were to defeat the Taliban. The bone-weary American soldiers were welcomed as liberators, and overjoyed Afghans thronged the streets. Then the action took a wholly unexpected turn. During a surrender of six hundred Taliban troops, the Horse Soldiers were ambushed. Dangerously outnumbered, they fought for their lives…”

Two things about this excerpt caught my writer’s eye:

  • Horses? Now that sounds like fiction. How can I add that sort of creative thinking to my techno-thrillers?
  • Greeted as liberators? Wasn’t that Paris in WWII? I didn’t hear about that on the news. What else am I missing?

Here’s a video that speaks to these brave soldiers:



Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com and TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing TeachersCisco guest blog, Technology in Education featured blogger, IMS tech expert, and a bi-monthly contributor to Today’s Author. In her free time, she is the editor of a K-8 technology curriculumK-8 keyboard curriculumK-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum, and creator of technology training books for how to integrate technology in education. Currently, she’s editing a thriller that should be out to publishers next summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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4 thoughts on “Book Review: Horse Soldiers

  1. This does look like an eyeopener, Jacqui (I didn’t realise horses were still used in war – I guess that’s how much I know about modern warfare)…

    • They really aren’t. I was impressed we were still flexible enough as a military to face a problem (rough terrain, inhospitable to jeeps and such) and identify the solution (horses!)

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