Teufel-Hunden: Devil Dogs
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by I.M. Tillerman
Description: In 1962, three young men from South Dakota fly to San Diego and enter Marine Corps Boot Camp together. Butch and Danny, his best friend, survive the rigorous training and the physical and psychological torment by submissively following orders and by staying out of harm's way. However, the third member of trio, Jim O'Donnell, an arrogant and insubordinate college dropout, incurs the immediate wrath of Sergeant "Teddy Bear" Taddy, a violent and seemingly mentally unstable drill instructor, who dislikes Jim intensely and derisively calls him "College Boy." At the Rifle Range, Sergeant Taddy ultimately pushes the abuse and humiliation of Private O'Donnell too far. As a result, Butch, fearing for Jim's very life, must decide whether or not to get involved.
eBook Publisher: SynergEbooks, 2007 SynergEbooks
eBookwise Release Date: January 2008
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [373 KB]
Reading time: 224-314 min.
Chapter One: Prologue--Age Spots
On my sixtieth birthday, in early September of 2004, I poured myself a second dose of caffeine in my fancy Purdue mug, slid open the patio screen door to let out my chubby, chocolate, toy poodle, and followed him to the "veranda," as my wife, Marie and I jokingly called our nondescript 15 x 15 foot concrete patio out back. The mourning doves were crowding around the ground feeder at the foot of Cousin Bradford, our 25 foot fruitless pear tree, in their ostensibly lethargic, plodding way; they nevertheless seemed desperate to gobble up the few remaining tidbits of generic, grocery store millet, milo, and sunflower seed that I had given them at twilight the day prior. Not particularly fond of these ubiquitous gray duds, I often filled their feeder more frequently than those of the cardinals and finches, not as an act of generosity, but as a rouse intended to keep the clunky nuisances away from the hanging feeders of the more beautiful and exotic cardinal couple and the ever-present, delicate, always uplifting goldfinches, and their blue-collar cousins, the house finches: the latter's red hea