Tough As They Come by Travis Mills and Marcus Brotherton is an incredible story about a US Army soldier who served in Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne Division. While on patrol, he was seriously wounded by an IED; he became one of the few quadruple amputees who survived a war zone. This book is his account of his life, service, injury, and recovery.
I don’t want to give all the details away, but I will say it was a fascinating read. Since the cover is a spoiler, I knew what the book was generally about, but the details are truly incredible. If you’re interested in current military affairs and stories of bravery and strength, you’ll like this book.
It’s not without flaws, however. I realize Mills didn’t write this book all by himself, so I hope it’s not too rude to say that the writing makes him seem arrogant. I think this is the co-author’s writing since Mills’ whole story is about how he helped and serve others selflessly. So there was a disconnect of sorts. Also, this book is marketed as a Christian book, but it really isn’t. He mentions God a few times, and quotes one Bible verse a few times, but it isn’t a Christian book. It may be inspirational, but it isn’t at all devotional!
Still, despite these flaws, I was glad to read this book. It’s probably not for kids under 13 or 14 because there are a few swear words and a few adult discussions, but teens and adults interested in this topic should enjoy it.
NOTE: I received this book from the “Blogging for Books” company in exchange for an honest review.