NOT MY TURN TO DIE – “Suspenseful memoir… a home run story”

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Review of “Not My Turn to Die: Memoirs of a Broken Childhood in Bosnia” (2008, AMACOM Books, New York) written by Mr. Dooher on Goodreads:

After the Bosnian War, Savo Heleta, a seventeen year old Serbian, found himself with a gun in his hand and the power to take away the life of, Meho, one of his family’s tormentors. The man who had attempted to kill his family four times during the war. Heleta’s debut memoir, Not My Turn To Die Memoirs of a Broken Childhood in Bosnia documents how political extremists created a climate of fear that destroyed a diverse and harmonious country, and one young man’s journey through two years of hell.

Prior to the war Savo and his family lived in peace and prominence in their city of Gorazde, but once the war began they lived in constant fear for their lives. The city was surrounded by the Serbian army and former Muslim friends now threatened their lives. From the outside there was constant fear of shells hitting buildings and snipers killing anyone, Muslim or Serbian who moved. Within the city the Heleta’s were threatened, beaten, and even forced live in a detention center for Serbians for four months. The Heleta’s made it through with the help of Muslim and Serbian friends, strangers, and hope to survive and eventually escape the war torn city.

This suspenseful memoir is what I refer to as a home run story. One that will captivate the reader and give both a historical and very personal context to the brutal Bosnian War. When Savo sees Meho in the United Nation convoy he is faced with the ultimate choice: revenge or redemption.


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My name is Savo Heleta. Originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina, I have lived on three continents in the last decade – Europe, North America, and Africa.I am the author of "Not My Turn to Die: Memoirs of a Broken Childhood in Bosnia" (AM

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