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Boredom by Day, Death by Night: An Iraq War Journal Paperback – August 17, 2007

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Tripping Light Press (August 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979538904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979538902
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #439,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book Boredom by Day, Death by Night became a time machine for me. It took me back to all the news reports that I watched on TV and read online. I was able to very vividly imagine that I had a view of what is going on in Iraq that was unfiltered by the media. At the same time, weaving in and out of this was an addiction to discover how this "kid" Seth was going to become man of integrity and honor.

A must read for anyone who wants to understand what experiences of war are really like.

A must read for any teenagers who are struggling with discovering who they really are.
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Boredom by day, Death by night is a hard hitting and impactful story of a United States Marine fighting in Iraq. Sgt.(there are no former Marines) Seth Connor's story is presented in the form of the journal he kept while in Iraq. It tells the story of a young man, his many adventures in and out of uniform, his friends, his relationship with his family, his wartime experiences and his deep feelings for his fellow Marines, the mission they fulfilled together, the brother Marines he lost in Iraq and his relationship with God.

The writing is easy to follow, does not get lost in deep philosophical or strategic questions and hits home no matter who the reader may be. It is a Marine's story told as only a Marine could tell it. Written in an easy to follow manner it is eye opening in its candor and hits the mark in describing what war was really like for this Marine, and how he grew from the experience in so many different ways. Well worth the read.
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A must read for anyone who has a child in the military. I read the book in one sitting, couldn't put it down. Seth's experiences and thoughts, while reading them, my mind filled with pictures of my own son who is in the Army.
I found the book to be a vivid whirlwind of an adventure, a spiritual awakening, and I prayed and thanked God that Seth made it home alive.
Keep up the Great Work Son!
Teresa Wisher
Kokomo, IN
Proud Mother of a United States Soldier
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I served in Iraq with Sgt Connor. I had the opportunity to know him first hand throughout this entire tale. I also got the opportunity to face many of the challenges just as Seth did. When I read the book, several times I remembered feeling/thinking the exact same things as Sgt Connor portrays in his journal. In fact I went back and read through some of my letters and emails home, and there were several things that were almost verbatim.

I also can honestly say that the book reads like a 136 page version of our deployment. When you read that there was a long gap in the journal entries, that is the times where nothing of note happened and it was just the boredom and grind that is war. The name says it all "Boredom by Day, Death by Night."

My closure did not come as quick, nor did my forgiveness come as easy as his. This book helped me work through many of the issues that I still had. I feel like knowing that others felt the same way as I did really helped me get through the issues in my own mind. Thank you Seth, for helping me gain the closure that had been so elusive.
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I found the book to be a powerful look at our fighting men. It is emotional and raw in it's content. For the reader it tells of the harsh conditions our people endure from the endless waiting for contact, to the everyday details that consume most of the time. It's a quick read but I have to say it has lasting power in that I continue to think about it. Sgt. Conner was able to see and enjoy some of the beauty of Iraq despite the harsh landscape and death all around him. The strong comradeship between his fellow Marines is inspiring.Whatever one's view on the War in Iraq may be we can All be thankful we have men like this. What I enjoyed the most was the battle Sgt. Conner fought within himself to be a better person and to improve himself. In his journal he wrote about his relationship with God and trying to follow his path. I salute him for being able to be so open about his feeling and his search for inner peace while trying to endure the strain of war.An excellent quick read all will enjoy and be able to learn from...
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I ordered two of your books, one for myself and one for my son who is a Marine and about to be deployed to Iraq at the end of this month. I read it as soon as I received it, and as one of your reviews said, "I felt" all the way through it. I felt pride, confusion, frustration (yours) and excitement in just about every page. I was impressed with the way the book was set up: in a journal form. I thoroughly enjoyed it and was left wanting more...

As a mother, I must say that it did me good to read that it is not a constant battle going on over there as the media portrays it to be, because I have to admit I am really scared for my son. I just pray that he has leadership like you when he gets there...men of God...men with integrity, pride and love in their hearts. Men of character. Because these days, men like those...men like you, are few and far between.

Proud Mother of a Marine
Gail Black, Miami, Florida
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It's so easy to become desensitized about the war. Living a comfortable life so far away from the bullets and explosions is a blessing, but I want to always be aware of the reality that exists beyond American soil. Boredom By Day, Death By Night, helped me sympathize with the soldiers longing for home and the civilians longing for peace. Bravo, Sergeant Conner, for your bravery in battle and in sharing this story.
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