Ranger Games: A Story of Soldiers, Family and an Inexplicable Crime (Hardcover)

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Alex Blum, a bright young man from a good family, always wanted to be a U.S. Army Ranger, and after successfully completing a rigorous program he was well on his way. Hours before his final leave, however, Alex did the unthinkable. He, two fellow soldiers and a couple of strangers committed armed robbery at a local bank in Tacoma. After they were apprehended Alex claimed that he was under the impression that it was a final, staged army exercise before being deployed to Iraq. Cousin Ben Blum decided to write a book about the incident in an attempt to help exonerate Alex. What he did was unlock a family mystery whose drama and twists rival the best that any Netflix original television show has to offer. 

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Intricate, heartrending, and morally urgent, Ranger Games is a crime story like no other

Alex Blum was a good kid, a popular high school hockey star from a tight-knit Colorado family. He had one goal in life: endure a brutally difficult selection program, become a U.S. Army Ranger, and fight terrorists for his country. He poured everything into achieving his dream. In the first hours of his final leave before deployment to Iraq, Alex was supposed to fly home to see his family and beloved girlfriend. Instead, he got into his car with two fellow soldiers and two strangers, drove to a local bank in Tacoma, and committed armed robbery...
The question that haunted the entire Blum family was: Why? Why would he ruin his life in such a spectacularly foolish way?
At first, Alex insisted he thought the robbery was just another exercise in the famously daunting Ranger program. His attorney presented a case based on the theory that the Ranger indoctrination mirrored that of a cult.
In the midst of his own personal crisis, and in the hopes of helping both Alex and his splintering family cope, Ben Blum, Alex's first cousin, delved into these mysteries, growing closer to Alex in the process. As he probed further, Ben began to question not only Alex, but the influence of his superior, Luke Elliot Sommer, the man who planned the robbery. A charismatic combat veteran, Sommer's manipulative tendencies combined with a magnetic personality pulled Ben into a relationship that put his loyalties to the test.

About the Author

BEN BLUM was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. He holds a PhD in computer science from the University of California Berkeley, where he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, and an MFA in fiction from New York University, where he was awarded the New York Times Foundation Fellowship. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and stepdaughter.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780385538435
ISBN-10: 038553843X
Publisher: Doubleday Books
Publication Date: September 12th, 2017
Pages: 432
Language: English