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July 2008

"...a gritty and searing book..."

Hill Times, Jul 6, 2008
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June 2008

“For anyone wanting a non-fictionalized version of events in Sarajevo, NATO peacekeeper Fred Doucette’s highly praised Empty Casing offers a Romeo Delaire-like memoir of regret.”

BC Bookworld, Jun 17, 2008
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April 2008

Empty Casing is a difficult story, one not easily read, just as Fred Doucette’s experiences were not easily lived. Still, this is a first-hand report of one soldier’s descent into hell, told with humility and courage. Today, when wars still rage around the world, many more men and women will return irretrievably wounded… We need to understand.”

Sun Times, Apr 26, 2008
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April 2008

“Doucette gives a first-hand account of the destruction of a beautiful Bosnian city and the devastation of its citizens. …There is, however, a positive ending to this often gut-wrenching, wryly humorous and well-written book. Perhaps because of the efforts of men like Doucette who came forward and admitted they had been severely wounded in this mission, the forces now take better care of those who return from the field with post-traumatic stress disorder. Finally, Canada is supporting its troops.”

Atlantic Books Today, Apr 22, 2008
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Empty Casing

March 2008

“There are stories that want to be heard and there are stories that need to be heard. Empty Casing… is the latter. …Empty Casing is an engaging, emotional, and raw examination of the toll of conflict on civilians and soldiers who must find a way to return to the normalcy after combat. …[It] is essential reading for all views on the military’s role to better understand what is lost and what is gained in service to our country.”

Daily Gleaner, Mar 22, 2008
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March 2008

Empty Casing takes a long, hard look down a road that Doucette and many other soldiers have traveled. The author is a gifted storyteller who vividly imparts his experience and insight to the reader. This deeply personal book also speaks for a whole generation of soldiers, for a tortured city, for the hopes and pain they carry.”

Chronicle Herald, Mar 9, 2008
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March 2008

“The story Doucette tells is, in many ways, a quite ordinary soldier’s tale, filled with the small struggles and triumphs of life in the military… And yet, its very ordinariness is partly what makes it compelling. …Like the straight-talking soldier he is, Doucette neither holds back nor exhibits self-pity. He describes his feelings and despair, the sudden and uncontrollable rages, the long periods when he didn’t care about anything at all. In doing so with plain, understated simplicity, Doucette helps the reader gain a little insight of what a mind injured by war is like. …As a guide to the tortured mind of a soldier injured by the stress of modern war… it is compelling and revealing.”

Globe and Mail, Mar 1, 2008
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February 2008

“Mr. Doucette’s hosts – Mrs. Mehmebegovic… and her two sons… features prominently in the book and the bond between this Bosnian family under siege and the Canadian soldier trying to help them is what makes the book such a delight to read. …Empty Casing gives Canadians an intimate look at the life of Canadian soldiers in a war zone, and the stress they have to live with.”

Canadian Newsblog, Feb 26, 2008
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February 2008

Empty Casing is an indictment of the way the Canadian military handled people with post-traumatic stress disorder like Doucette. It is written in the blunt no-holds-barred language soldiers use among themselves when discussing the faults of their bumbling leaders. It is not a book for the easily shocked. There was nothing pretty about Bosnia.”

Ottawa Citizen, Feb 17, 2008
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January 2008

“In Empty Casing, Fred Doucette describes his life before, during, and after his time as a United Nations Military Observer in Sarajevo during Slobodan Milosevic’s campaign to clear the city of its Bosnian residents. …Doucette watched helplessly as men, women, and children died on a daily basis. …This is very much a personal memoir… [and] Doucette also does not pretend to have an unbiased opinion: his language is violent and is intended to shock the reader with his brusqueness. …the book leaves us… with the hope that the author will eventually let go of his anger and be at peace with himself and those around him.”

Quill & Quire, Jan 22, 2008
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