Book Reviews

Two months ago, I signed up on, particularly paying more attention to soldiers and writers, for whom I always have a great respect. Then, a uniform-soldier-avatar struck me with his profile saying: Author: SAVING GRACE AT GUANTANAMO BAY: A Memoir of a Citizen Warrior; 3 times mobilized retired US Army Res. Major; husband, father, school dist. admin. #Hooah Impressive! I found who I want to follow on Twitter and what I want to read. As a voracious reader, I purchased the book and read it 2 times – first time just dancing through it, but my mind and my heart just keeping drag me into the 2nd round of reading. Author, Montgomery, J. Granger’s experience in the combat, has naturally and vividly unfolded in front of my eyes with his unique writing style – simple, natural, easy-reading layout separated every incident with various famous quotes, among which, the quote on prologue page from ancient Chinese military strategy genius, Sun Tzu: “One hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the most skillful. Subduing the other’s military without battle is the most skillful.” I was sold, right there. And I rated this book as a 5-star memoir! I always treat my books with respect – no one else could have touched them. So, my friends and family member all have to buy this engaging book by themselves. It is a very good idea of gifts!

Ahma via Amazon
5.0 out of 5 stars Read 2 Times on Saving Grace at Guantanamo Bay

This is a great story that will make you rethink everything you thought you knew about GITMO and renew your hope that America is truly a Great Country filled with incredible humans.

Rikki Smith via Amazon
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational tale of the heart of America

First, let me say I am an avid fan and supporter of The United States military. Thus, I'm always on the look out for good military memoirs. I was floored by this book which was written by Mongomery J. Granger, Major(Ret) Medical Service Corps, U.S. Army. This is the personal account of Montgomery's medical duty in Task Force 160, U.S. Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. During Operation Enduring Freedom (The Global War on Terrorism). Wow! That alone is a mouthful! Montgomery and his squad were tasked with taking care of of Hostile Muslim POWs (prisoners of war). Unlike other countries who torture their prisoners of war, the United States cares for and medically treats hostile POWs in strict compliance with the Geneva Convention. The aforementioned expressly forbids using physical, mental, psychological, and emotional torture against hostile prisoners of war. In short, the enemy, hostile prisoners, live like kings, in comparison to some of our citizens who pay hard-earned taxes to make it possible. In this book Montgomery ran the gauntlet of emotions. He was angry from being torn away from his newborn son to serve. Resentment towards the prisoners for keeping him away from normal life with his family. He was disgusted that they had to treat men who'd dedicated their lives to killing Americans with kid gloves. If given a chance these very same men would kill again. The ultimate paradox was the fact these men got better medical treatment than some American veterans. One very striking detail in the book was the fact that the detainees went on hunger strikes, but they were not allowed to do it for long. Through a translator they were first given the option to drink the cut Ensure. If they refused they were gently, but firmly "intubated" and force fed cut Ensure. In short, detainees were not allowed to starve themselves. Other countries would have allowed them to die. I was originally attracted to this book because I always wanted to know what was happening down in Guantanamo Bay, and I certainly got an eyeful. It was definitely not an easy job, walking a tight rope between politics, civilian observers, and military discipline. I salute Mongomery J. Granger and his fellow comrades in arms. Thank you for your service, Sir! Hooo-ah! I give this book a five star rating!

Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Saving Grace, Indeed!


Richard J. Quinn via Amazon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars