Follow the comic adventures of Eli “I’m not supposed to be here” Jones as he is drafted into the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Will he and the cast of characters he meets survive? Will the Army survive Eli?
Here is what the reviewers have said:
“If you enjoyed the movie “Stripes” then you will love the humor of this book.”
“Reading this is like being 17 again and having to face the issue of being drafted into the Vietnam war. It’s funny and insightful at the same time. It was like my own history—being naive and then finding yourself thrown into an adult world of the military during a troubled time in our history.”
“Despite his mantra of “I’m not supposed to be here,” Eli quickly adapts, making many new friends, including the cuddly Harry Horowitz, oil-rich Tex, hometown buddy Steve, the Professor, All-American college running back Sam, and the lovely Army Nurse Sara. They help Eli cope with the insane Battalion Commander (and Sara’s Dad), Colonel Clark, as well as overcome his bully Drill Sergeant “Must kill Eli” Wolinski.
Eli’s adventures continue through advanced infantry training at Fort “Lost in the Woods,” Missouri, as well as Infantry Officer Candidate School in Fort Benning, Georgia, where he meets up with “Mad Dog” Drummond, whose sole purpose in life is to make the candidates as miserable as himself. Eli keeps his wits about him while trying to survive everything from nude fire drills, a snake-charming stripper – Miss Tiger Tactics, Ranger training, wandering brass pickers and alligators in a Georgia swamp, to being buried alive in a Vietnamese P.O.W. camp simulation.”
“Veterans will enjoy the tale as well as they relive the military insanity and the very real dangerous situations men have to face in both training and combat. Something for the ladies as well, as we meet the lovely Army nurse Sara, and fellow lifeguard, Karen, who both fall in love with Eli and helps him out of several jams.”
Something for the ladies as well, as we meet the lovely Army nurse Sara, and fellow lifeguard, Karen, who both fall in love with Eli and helps him out of several jams.”
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