Reviewed by Melanie on March 29, 2017
When my husband selects books for us to listen to together, they’re generally about war, or history, or both. Generally speaking, when we’re listening to a book together, we listen to it just before bed to help us relax and wind down. I set the timer for fifteen minutes, and when it’s over we generally fall asleep quickly after. Team Yankee was not a typical book for us. My husband wanted to listen to it constantly to find out what was happening next. We were staying up for an hour or longer to listen.
The book is about Team Yankee, more specifically Captain Scott Bannon’s tank crew. The book describes in great detail the atmosphere I imagine as a solider unexpectedly entered into a world. There are sprinkles of comedy and laugh out loud moments to to lighten an ultimately dark topic. As we listened, we experienced the extreme fear, sadness, overwhelming exhaustion, and slight moments of joy throughout the war.
My favorite aspect of the story was that it provided the point of view of both Captain Bannon and his wife. The parts of the story that provide the family’s journey to leave Germany and get back home described in great detail the anxiety of waiting and not knowing what is happening all around you. I was a bit disappointed when the family made it back to the states and were seemingly written out of the story all together. Continuing her perspective throughout the story would have added another dimension to the book overall.
The overall style of the books is very fast moving and has a lot of great descriptions of not only the equipment used, but also general military terms. The descriptions add to the story and build up the plot line rather than take away from what is happening.
The fast pace of the story (the entire book takes place over the course of thirteen days) makes the book a quick and enjoyable read.