No Place to Hide
A Brain Surgeon’s Long Journey Home from the Iraq War
W. Lee Warren
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A War Zone of the Soul
Dr. W. Lee Warren’s life as a neurosurgeon in a trauma center began to unravel long before he shipped off to serve the Air Force in Iraq in 2004. When he traded a comfortable if demanding practice in San Antonio, Texas, for a ride on a C-130 into the combat zone, he was already reeling from months of personal struggle.
At the 332nd Air Force Theater Hospital at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, Warren realized his experience with trauma was just beginning. In his 120 days in a tent hospital, he was trained in a different specialty—surviving over a hundred mortar attacks and trying desperately to repair the damages of a war that raged around every detail of every day. No place was safe, and the constant barrage wore down every possible defense, physical or psychological.
One day, clad only in a T-shirt, gym shorts, and running shoes, Warren was caught in the open while round after round of mortars shook the earth and shattered the air with their explosions, stripping him of everything he had been trying so desperately to hold on to.
Warren’s story is an example of how a person can go from a place of total loss to one of strength, courage, and victory. Whether you are in the midst of your own crisis of faith, failed relationship, financial struggle, or illness, you will be inspired to remember that how you respond determines whether you survive—spiritually, emotionally, and sometimes physically.
It is the beginning of a long journey home.
Publishers Weekly Review
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No Place To Hide
This book helped me understand what I knew happened in Iraq, along with Afghanistan currently. We are losing men and women in ways that the typical American cannot or refuses to understand. I believe if they did, we would have a different perspective as a country. It doesn’t mean they don’t care, but it does mean since most never wore the uniform at all, they have little to relate to, other than seeing what the news media wants them to see, or saddened when seeing flag-draped coffins coming off an aircraft. I never knew this side, as I never served in a combat leadership role, which limits my viewpoint. As hard as it may be for some to understand, that haunts me. All gave some, some gave all. I know many heroes who have served in combat roles, and I know each of them was different as a result. Perhaps God never meant for me to undertake what Dr. Warren and so many others have completed…duty in a combat zone. If you want to see a side of the American soldier that you can’t see in most cases, I encourage you to pick up this book. I think this book goes far beyond military medicine, as it articulates that even the brightest and best America has to offer, such as brain surgeons like Dr. Warren, will never be the same post-combat. This book really draws attention to the needs of our combat veterans. Dr. Warren, thank you for your service to the individual soldiers and Marines, as well as others you treated that no doubt are walking around today that would have died, had it not been for you and your colleagues. I hasten to add and thank the field medics who got them to you at great risk. If you want to get an inside view of the horror, the lighter side and faith of those in these situations, again I encourage you to read this book. You will not be disappointed in my view.
No Place to Hide
Outstanding and heartfelt!