Apricots is a novel that tells the story of Marines in combat: the comradery, humor, and sacrifice of the men on the ground thousands of miles from home.
We generally experience overseas military operations in real time through the media of newspaper and television news accounts. These reports are generally superficial sketches of the action and rarely reveal the depth of the drama unfolding on the ground. This novel tells the story of Marines in combat?the comradery, humor, and sacrifice of the men on the ground thousands of miles from home. You go with the Marines out on the ship, ashore for the invasion of Grenada (the last combat of the Cold War), and then on to Beirut where the Marines fight Muslim militia (the first combat of the War on Terror). Throughout, newspaper excerpts track events that provide the setting of this fictional story. But this fictional story is framed by real events, including true accounts of the terrorist attack on the marine headquarters in Beirut and the coup in Grenada that triggered the invasion. In all, this story shows the reader what it was like to be there.
Publisher: Indigo River Publishing (April 28, 2020)
Length: 236 pages
Read the book with great pleasure over the weekend. It really hit home with me as I served with 22/24/32 MAUs in Beirut. I was gone by the time you got there but all the descriptions were on the mark and brought the experience home to me. Never made the Grenada op so that was all fascinating. A reader can certainly tell it was written by a Marine, very evocative for an insider. Loved the characters, particularly the Gunny. He was like a lot of Staff NCOs I knew over the years: superficially coarse but with a real depth of understanding and intelligence. And finally...a novel that focuses on amtracs! Really great stuff. I'm hoping you'll consider sending me a signed copy when it hits the stands.
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