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For the Love of God!: A memoir of Army Basic Training? Paperback – December 11, 2011
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About the Author
Damon Ortt is the author of the short story One Man's Junk. He lives in suburban Philadelphia with his dog Ol Girl. He currently serves in the PA Army National Guard. He is 5'6" tall, skinny, but not frail, and strikingly handsome. He writes all of his own bios.
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The key to the book’s success is Ortt’s detached, ironic style. It’s an after-dinner sort of voice, one belonging to someone you’d like to have drinks and dinner with. He needs to go on the public-speaking circuit; I know I’d pay to hear him. This is the sort of book that you say to your family and friends: “Wait a minute. You gotta hear this part!”
The title is odd, as it reflects the content of the subplot, not the main one. Running through the narrative is a thread about Ortt’s girlfriend, Olivia. When he leaves Georgia, it seems they are destined for marriage. As his months of training wear on, Olivia goes through a bizarre religious conversion. (I won’t spoil it by giving details here.) But this is a book about the army, not religion; hence my troubles with the main title.
I hope Mr. Ortt is working on another book. I would hate to see this talent unappreciated and unpublished. I’ll be first in line for Volume Two.
(As a self-published book, the novel needed yet another draft for surface errors: some punctuation problems, a verb agreement error here and there. There are also slight formatting problems in the Kindle edition. But all of this is insignificant.)
I thoroughly enjoyed Mr. Ortt’s book. I’ll bet you will too.
I absolutely believe that anyone, male or female preparing to go to Basic should read this book. It is an easy read and you will benefit from it.
Mr. Ortt went through Basic 7.5 years after I did and every once in a while, I doubted the exact truth of what he was saying. Some things may have been stretched just slightly or memory could be playing tricks.
I only gave this book 3 stars, because in this day and age, it is easy to track down people you served with (especially if they are male, as there are few last name changes) Mr. Ortt needed some more views or better descriptions and stories of his buddies. Finding a drill sergeant would have provided an excellent point of view that neither 18 year old nor 35 year old Ortt seem to grasp.
Additionally, I feel like this book ends too suddenly. It would have been nice to know where everyone is today in their lives.
I have read many book on Boot Camp and Basic Training for all of the branches. This one is better than most.
basic training. His journey is told in such a way that will make you laugh and cry at the same time.
No military "mind set" is needed here. This book appeals to all who strives to do well in life. His way of words will put you right in his shoes for 13 weeks! The reader will feel his strengths of mind, body and soul. This author's "Life Goes On" attitude shows regardless of how badly he wanted it to stop or rewind. "For the Love of God" is a great read. I enjoyed his unique way of words!
Bottom line: BUY THIS BOOK! You won't regret it. I know I don't.