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6 Books That Feature Characters Who Are Soldiers

I love a good war book. I love WWII, especially, but I love reading the stories of all soldiers: the people who risk their lives and must choose to be brave in the face of horror.


So this is…

6 Books That Feature Characters Who Are Soldiers


1. The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons

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Sorrynotsorry for using this book in basically all of the lists I’ve ever made. It’s one of my very favorites. In this book, Alexander Belov is a captain in the Soviet Union’s military.



2. Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers


Richard Perry joins the Army during the chaos of the Vietnam war after his plans for college fall through. He leaves behind his gentle younger brother and alcoholic single mother in Harlem, NY.

So many feelings with this book, you guys.

Read my full review here.


3. Making Faces by Amy Harmon


Ambrose Young ships out to Afghanistan shortly after 9/11. Fast forward a few months: He’s suffering from a wicked case of survivor’s guilt and plenty of PTSD. This is such a moving contemporary novel. I need to read more like this.


4. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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Akiva is an angel. Literally an angel. He was born and raised to be one thing: a soldier. His world and beliefs are turned upside down when he meets Karou, a girl who is a part of the world he’s been taught to hate.


5. Grand Central: Original Stories of Postwar Love and Reunion by Jenna Blum & others


This anthology was, hands down, one of my favorites I’ve ever read. It focuses on the lives of people after WWII, centered around Grand Central Station in New York City.

Read my full review here.


6. These Is My Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901 by Nancy E. Turner


Please never send me back in time to the Arizona territories of 1881-1901. These people had to be tough. Captain Jack Eliot is one of those tough people. I really liked this one.



What other books should be on this list? I’m always looking for recommendations!



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4 thoughts on “6 Books That Feature Characters Who Are Soldiers

  1. Apart from Daughter of Smoke & Bone (which I read a couple years ago and LOVED it), the only books with solders that I remember reading were ones I read back in high school. Mainly classic novels like Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms, Erich Maria Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front, and Stephen Crane’s The Red Badge of Courage. I can’t say whether I’d recommend them, just because I was going through a phase back then when I didn’t enjoy reading because of the types of books I had to read in school. But they’re all books that have stood the test of time, if that helps.

    If I think of more recent books I’ve read with soldiers as characters, I’ll try to pop back in here with them.


  2. I haven’t read any of these yet and two of them (daughter of smoke and bone) and These is My Words are on my to read list. Cold Mountain is another good soldier book.


  3. I’ve read 1 out of 6, and I LOVED THE DOSAB!! :)) I prefer books with soldiers that are set in WW1 or 2, maybe historical fiction. I think War Horse is good. I’m not sure though if it’s book turned movie or vice versa.


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