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About the Book:
Boot Camp didn’t join the navy to die, he joined to become a sailor, a real sailor, and to do all those things that real sailors are known to do.
But after reporting to his first duty station, a laid-up warship filled with a disgruntled crew who welcomes him aboard with a brutal hazing and violent displays of intolerance and harassment, he learns the hard way that to be a real sailor, you sometimes have to put yourself into harm’s way to defend what you believe in.
However, after his only true shipmate—an eccentric nonconformist who, himself, had to overcome intolerance and harassment—is discharged from the navy, Boot Camp is left on his own to face the discrimination and dangers that await him.
Alone, he has to find the courage and strength to stand up for his own self and fight for what he believes in, even if it kills him.
THE SEA TRIALS OF AN UNFORTUNATE SAILOR, a psychological drama set on a U.S. warship in the port city of Yokosuka, Japan, is a story about the harsh realities of navy life during the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell era. But it’s more than that. It is also a story about each of us and how we perceive the world around us. Written with a narrative starkness, it leaves us with only our own prejudices and stereotypes to draw from and forces us to make assumptions about character and identity, and, in the end, determine not just who did it but if it was even done at all.
“I recently read this book and recommend it to anyone that enjoys a gripping, witty, realistic and extremely clever story that tugs at the heart. The characters come alive with vivid details that accurately portray events and life in the Navy. I got to know each one of the unique personalities that came together to create such an amusing group of people that struggle to find their way.
It is an emotional rollercoaster of enjoyable reading.
The ending will surprise you!
(Kurt, I look forward to the next one)”
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About the Book:
Just as water naturally follows the course set by the sometimes wayward and often divergent banks of the river, Kurt Brindley’s poems in his debut poetry collection POEMS FROM THE RIVER follow the course set by the sometimes wayward and often divergent life he has led.
From solitary childhood reflections and isolated moments with nature, to the anxiety associated with the unrelenting passing of time and the fear of cancer’s ultimate consequences, to the pleasures and pain of family, friends, work, play, love, hate, life, death, Kurt’s poetry flows as does a river—sometimes with ease and quiet calm, just as a river flows through an isolated gulf’s serene and lazy shallows; at other times with spontaneity and unforgiving force, just as a river flows through a precipitous canyon’s tumultuous and unpredictable rapids; and at all times with undiminished resolve and pure blind faith that the end will justify the means, just as a river forever flows blindly towards some unknown, yet faithfully pursued, grander body of water.
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About the Author
Growing up on the shores of Ohio’s Lake Erie in a town called Ashtabula, which is an Algonquian word meaning river of many fish, Kurt was a Dolphin in elementary school, a Raider in junior high school, and a Mariner in high school (he even managed to work at a marina part time during his senior year). He enlisted in the navy immediately after graduating from high school and has considered himself a sailor ever since.
While in the navy, Kurt earned a bachelor degree in English from the University of Maryland, a Master of Human Relations degree from the University of Oklahoma, and a multitude of mostly obscure and forgotten technical and management training certifications. However, in 1998, Kurt took a hiatus from his regular duties as a navy cryptologic telecommunications specialist to attend the U. S. military’s Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute. The institute may be little known to most, but it is internationally renowned to those in the human relations field. In addition to service members and civilians from all branches of the U. S. military, Kurt’s eclectic class included soldiers and civilians from the South African army. It was a unique educational experience for him, to say the least.
Upon graduating from DEOMI, Kurt was certified as a Navy Equal Opportunity Adviser and was assigned the responsibilities of providing diversity management training and equal opportunity consultation and assistance to sailors throughout the navy’s Western Pacific area of operations. His assignment as an EOA was one of the most challenging and rewarding assignments of his navy career and served as an impetus for the writing of THE SEA TRIALS OF AN UNFORTUNATE SAILOR, as well as several of the poems found in POEMS FROM THE RIVER.
A husband and father of three, Kurt lives comfortably within the two cultures of the United States and Japan. He has been assigned to duty stations in Washington DC, Yokohama, Pearl Harbor, Norfolk, Okinawa, Yokosuka, and Fort Meade, and he has served on the USS Ingersoll, USS Comte de Grasse, USS Conolly, USS Theodore Roosevelt, and USS Shreveport. He now lives in southern Pennsylvania in a house on top of hill. When not reading, writing, or moving from chair to chair, he often wanders down to the bottom of the hill to walk along the countryside’s many rushing creeks and silent still ponds.
He likes it down there by the water.
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