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Teresa Moran, Soldier by Wendy Catran

Teresa Moran, Soldier

by Wendy Catran, Ken Catran (Author)

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Teresa Moran is a fourth-generation soldier. She wants to live up to her father and uphold the family name, but must fight to gain acceptance among her male comrades. In Timor and Iraq she is put to the test. Can she break the cycle of war and violence that has always beset her family, and find the courage to change the future?Very well written with many of the situations based on real life conflicts. ( )
  readaholic123 | Sep 10, 2008 |
Final in the quartet. Tessa is also a soldier and has fought in Timor and is seconded to Iraq as an observer of the Australian army (she is from NZ). While there, she is kidnapped by terrorists, who use her as a bargaining chip to free their members, who have been captured by the Americans. Tessa has Jacko’s bullet and learns the true meaning of the inscription – she has to stand up for what she sees as the right thing to do.(Remember the photos of American soldier’s degrading Iraqi prisoners?)
  nicsreads | Apr 19, 2007 |
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Teresa is Jimmy Moran's daughter and, as with the other books, the story is divided into three parts, each with its foreword that launches into each episode and traces Teresa's life through the army. The first section covers the unmerciful training schedule and the experience of being a woman in a man's army. The bullying teaches Teresa to be tough and even violent. She's a bad girl. The second section covers her different experience in Afghanistan. Here, another part of Teresa begins to awaken. In the purity of the Moslem faith, she finds a key to her own Catholicism, confusing her. In the third section, set in Iraq after the fall of Saddam, Teresa is kidnapped and in return for her safety she talks to the charismatic leader of a terrorist group. For the first time she understands the story from the Moslem side.Would the West have allowed seven thousand Christians massacred in Serbia - or a hundred thousand women and children killed in America or Britain by Iraqi sanctions? She questions the values of the Western one-way morality system. Turning her back on the Army, Teresa will no longer sing the song of war.
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This story is divided into three parts and traces Teresa's life in the army. Partly set in Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein, Teresa is abducted and in return for her safety she must talk to the charismatic leader of a terorist group, for the first time she understands the Moslem side of the story. She questions the values of the Western one-way morality system and turns her back on the army way of life.… (more)

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