In this remarkable novel, Kevin Powers, himself an Iraq war veteran, tells the story of John Bartle and his fellow soldier Murphy and their experiences in serving in the war in Iraq and how they react to the events that take place. Yellow Birds captures all of the emotion–fear, horror, camaraderie, relief, anguish–encountered by soldiers in combat. It is not so much a story of war but of the human toll that war takes both physically and mentally. It follows Bartle, Murphy and the other members of their platoon in their efforts to stay alive and to try to understand their role in the war and who is their enemy, and follows Bartle in his attempts to adjust after his return home. This is an eloquent, thoughtful and powerful story about war and violence and the lasting effects it has for those involved. Similar to The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien in it’s impact and written with poetic prose, eloquence and astonishing emotion, this novel will stay in your heart and mind for a long time.