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Matt Gallagher joined the U.S. Army in 2005 and received a commission in the armored cavalry. Following a fifteen-month deployment in Iraq, Captain Gallagher left the army in 2009. Originally from Reno, Nevada, he now lives in New York City.

Obras de Matt Gallagher

Associated Works

Penthouse Magazine | November 2017 (2017) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)


Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Reno, Nevada, USA
Locais de residência
New York City, New York, USA
Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, USA
Wake Forest University (BA| 2005)
Armor Officer
Theta Chi Fraternity



Daybreak by Matt Gallagher follows a disaffected former U.S.soldier as he joins the Ukraine’s fight against Russia. It is recommended. Luke “Pax” Paxton has been out of the US military for almost a decade when he agrees to follow his fellow veteran, Han Lee, to the Ukraine in winter 2022 in order to help in some way. Pax also hopes to find a former lover, Svitlana, in Lviv. He finds Svitlana, who is married with a son, while also finding ways to assist others by working unloading supplies. Pax struggles with PTSD as he tries to help to somehow atone for his role in past wars.

The real main character is the conflict, the war itself, which effects everyone in the novel, physically, psychologically, and historically. Pax is a man who is searching for meaning and a purpose in life. He thinks it will be found in a war zone and that somehow assisting in another war will help him find purpose and meaning in his life. He also seems to think finding Svitlana will provide him with a sense of purpose and peace. The plot mainly unfolds through the point-of-view of Pax and I found it very difficult to connect with him as a character. Thanks to Atria Books for providing me with an advance reader's copy via Edelweiss. My review is voluntary and expresses my honest opinion.
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SheTreadsSoftly | 1 outra resenha | Feb 1, 2024 |
I'm going to keep this review brief. Daybreak tells the story of a U.S. veteran, Luke Paxton, who volunteers to fight on behalf of Ukraine following the invasion by Russia. He isn't, however immediately assigned to work as a soldier and struggles to decide what his role in this country is and what he can do to make a positive contribution. His uncertainty about purpose and action didn't begin with his arrival in Ukraine. He's been rootless since leaving the U.S. army.

There's also a complication. Part of the reason Paxton has come to Ukaine is that he hopes to make contact with Svitlana, a Ukrainian woman he met ten years earlier when he was assigned to a base in Italy and Svitlana was taking a gap year to travel in Europe.

Ultimately, Daybreak is less a novel about the conflict in Ukraine and more a novel about a man attempting to find a sense of meaning in a world he finds meaningless. That's not a criticism, just a statement of fact. If you enjoy novels that explore questions of individual identity and purpose, you'll find Daybreak a satisfying read. If you're looking to read a novel depicting the current situation in Ukraine, you're apt to leave it feeling like you've been served a dish that isn't quite a full meal.

I received a free electronic review copy of this title from the publisher via Edelweiss; the opinions are my own.
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Sarah-Hope | 1 outra resenha | Jan 1, 2024 |
A modern and VERY approachable book about why and how to become a Mason. This would make an EXCELLENT gift for the seeker of ANY age (even a younger teen!). It's written so it's easily understandable and 'touches all the bases'. This is THE book to get for both yourself and others, most especially those who might become a potential candidate.
minfo | Feb 25, 2020 |
Thank you to Goodreads and the publisher for a free copy of Youngblood!

I was curious to read this book because while I have read war books, they're all historical. I've never before read something that addressed a more recent conflict -- in this case, the war in Iraq.

I liked the main character, and found the plot compelling with plenty of twists and turns that I didn't expect. But what I loved most was the description -- all of the hot sand and wind, the grittiness of a war zone. These were vivid, uncomfortable, immersive descriptions.

I did have a hard time putting aside my own feelings about the conflict in Iraq, so for that reason, I don't think I enjoyed this book as much as I could have. However, that's my own personal bias, and shouldn't reflect on the book itself.
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bucketofrhymes | outras 5 resenhas | Dec 13, 2017 |



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