Most of the novel takes place in the training center for newly recruit marines. Ryan Smithson decides to be a part of the U.S marine when he was in the high school; after 9/11. He feels for his people, his nation and the whole universe. His goal is to serve the U.S marine as a reserve, a military personal who takes place of a marine who has been deported to a nation for war. The protagonist of the story is Ryan himself, a nineteen year teenager trying to be a U.S marine. The antagonist of the story is the difficulties he has to face to successfully be a U.S marine. I think the story revolves round Ryan.
My favorite thing about the book is that how it shows the spirit of a teenager wanting to serve his nation. This provides the reader the same spirit and encouragement to fight with the obstacles that might come in the near future; to fulfill their aim in life. I would definitely refer this book to teenagers and those who are interested in the things going around Iraq because this novel also specializes on the war going on Iraq.
Smithson, Ryan. Ghosts of war: the true story of a 19-year-old GI. New York, NY: Collins, 2009. Print.