Guest: Elliot Ackerman
ELLIOT ACKERMAN served eight years in the military as both an infantry and special operations officer in the United States Marine Corps. During that time, he earned a Silver Star and Purple Heart for his role leading a rifle platoon in the November 2004 Battle of Fallujah, as well as Bronze Star for Valor while leading a Marine Corps Special Operations Team in Afghanistan in 2008. In this hour of Radio Times, he joins us to discuss his debut novel Green on Blue. Deemed an “unusual” first novel, the story is told from the point of view of Aziz, a young Afghan orphan. Ackerman details the struggles Aziz and his brother Ali face as they lose their parents and are caught in the middle of a war-torn Afghanistan in which US forces have invaded and engaged Afghan militias. We’ll hear from Ackerman about his novel, his time in the Marines Corps, and more.