"Welcome to Hell," the drill instructor announced to the small crowd of young men staring at him apprehensively, his words charging the atmosphere with a foreboding intensity. Three and one half months of hellish and seemingly outrageous demands would be made of those who would endure the journey through the fires of boot camp. These young men would find a pride in themselves that would last forever. Those survivors of boot camp training often look back, with a smile and even a laugh, at what they endured from the DI. Patrick Turley, driven to enlist by the events of 9/11, captures these anxious times perfectly in vivid detail establishing an emotional bond with the reader throughout his journey from man to Marine, and John Patrick Shanley said it only as a former Marine and Pulitzer Prize winner could: "It's great to have gone to Marine Corps boot camp. It's terrible to be in Marine Corps boot camp. It's fun to read about Marine Corps boot camp."
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Patrick Turley served five years in the Marine Corp seeing duty in Iraq. He left active duty in 2006 as a sergeant. He currently resides in Fleming Island, Florida with his daughter and is currently writing a novel having turned his attention to fiction.Review:
To endure boot camp trains you to endure the hell of any battlefield."Welcome to Hell: Three and a Half Months of Marine Corps Boot Camp" as author Patrick Turley shares his own experiences of Boot Camp, enduring the harshest training that the country has to offer, sharing his endeavor and the training that these future soldiers have to pass. Demonstrating it as something harsh but necessary for fighting men, "Welcome to Hell" is a must for military memoir collection, or for anyone who wants a taste of the nightmare of "basic training. --Midwest Book Review
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