Book explores a soldier’s life in the ‘War on Terror’

Staff Report

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Chutes, Beer & Bullets is the nonfiction, autobiographical narrative of one soldier’s uncut and unscripted experiences as a soldier in the midst of America’s conflict in the Middle East.

From his inception into military service through two tours in both Afghanistan and Iraq, M240B machine gunner Jesse Holder examines the depths of conflict and the stark, often humorous, view of soldiers’ lives both inside and out of the battlefield.

Tagged as “Not your grandpa’s war story,” Chutes, Beer & Bullets goes beyond the raw descriptions often found in other war stories that concentrate on battles and bloody confrontation, describing instead the psychological warfare between troops beyond the front lines.

Written during his tours, Holder inserts the reader directly into combat with a firsthand perspective difficult to match in similar non-fiction accounts of war.

Chutes, Beer & Bullets is assured to have you laughing, sighing, looking away and possibly even shedding a tear as you connect with the real-life characters within,” Holder said.

The book offers readers an opportunity to question military motives behind the War on Terror without being overly political. In short, Holder focuses on the interpersonal relationships between soldiers rather than assuming or evaluating how warfare affects soldiers’ motivations.

Holder’s goal is to raise awareness and understanding about soldier’s lives, especially in lieu of so many returning veterans experiencing post-traumatic conditions, providing a sound foundation for the reasons why soldiers experience difficulty with reason and reality.

If reading about death, blood, sexual references, alcohol, drug usage, colorful language, and a tad bit of good-humored racism disturbs you, then I’d say this isn’t the book for you,” writes Holder in the prologue of his book. “That being said … it gives an in-depth look at today’s war and how it affects all soldiers.”

Chutes, Beer & Bullets opens the eyes of American society to the intense survival conditions of our troops in warfare, and the dangerous celebratory practices of these men when on leave.

For more information, visit Chutes, Beer & Bullets (ISBN: 978-1-4685-7512-5) is $16.95 in paperback.

Holder graduated United States Infantry and Airborne School in the spring of 2006. He served in the 173rd Airborne Combat Team from June 2006 to July 2009. He has completed two combat tours: a 15-month deployment in Afghanistan with the 173rd ABCT and with the 3rd Infantry Division in Iraq. Born in Valdosta, Ga., Holder is very passionate about friends, family, food, beverages, traveling and University of George football. He still resides in Georgia today.

From the Sept. 12-18, 2012, issue

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