Semper Fi Brothers by A. C. Turner

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​Book Title:  Semper Fi Brothers: A Hero’s Dangerous Journey for Redemption by A.C. Turner
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+),  150 pages
Genre: Literary Fiction / Military Action Fiction
Publisher:  Write My Wrongs LLC
Release date:  March 16, 2022

Book Description:

Yarmuck, Syria is under attack. ISIS goons under the command of ruthless Commander Abu, have infiltrated the village and are determined to purge it of its Yazidi heritage… by any means necessary.

Meanwhile, half a world away in California, tormented Shamus “Gunny” O’Malley-retired Marine and Vietnam Vet who’s done nothing but drink his way through civilian life as a TV personality and bar owner-learns his young Yazidi bartender, Quassam, fears for the lives of the family left behind in Yarmuck.

When Quassam, “Q” to his friends, announces his plan to save his mother and sister from the ISIS goons, Gunny’s hapless best friend (and best customer), Buzz, decides he’s going to aid young Q on his journey, and does everything he can to convince Gunny to come along for the ride.

​With time running out and ISIS tightening its grip, Gunny has a decision to make. As the son of a white father and black mother, O’Malley knows from his time in the Marines that race can never break the bonds between semper fi brothers. Will he stay brash and boozy in sunny California, or will he take a leap of faith and journey to hellish, war-torn Syria to help his brothers and slay his-and Yarmuck’s-demons?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Semper Fi Brothers: A Hero’s Dangerous Journey for Redemption by A.C. Turner was and interesting read for me. The beginning ot the book was fun because it mentions things that brought back memories for me when I was young. Though I don’t remember when a two-bedroom bungalow could be purchased for $4,400. I enjoyed getting to know some of the characters and others I didn’t relate to that well. The 1940’s and 1950’s wasn’t a time that racial issues were so popular, but it was mentioned in the book about a racial couple and I didn’t have a problem with it. I did like couples child, Shamus. There’s quiet a bit that goes on in this book, with the war, and then the problems they had afterward. I enjoyed the bit of humor in the story, especially when Patrick decides to follow his young son William one night to see why he was so secretive about where he was going. The scene a little bit later was hilarious. And yes you have to read the book to fine out. I think anyone who enjoys stories about Marines or military stories would enjoy reading this one. I’m giving this one Four Stars.

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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Meet the Author:

A. C. Turner’s writing career began in the 1980s with a focus on screenplays. In that time, and with the help of his agent, Anne Getty, he was able to option two of them, Shoplift and Hercules Down and Out, to major film companies. Unfortunately, neither went into production, but that didn’t stop the Los Angeles Times from featuring him on the front page of their Sunday edition on up-and-coming writers in Los Angeles. He then moved on to write two plays, Chickenscratch and Down and Out in Sioux Falls, which were produced at the Hayworth Theatre in Los Angeles. He achieved all of this while raising three kids and coaching high school and junior college football, predominantly in inner-city Los Angeles. After taking twenty years off from writing, he got the itch back in his mid-fifties. He wrote Semper Fi Brothers as a screenplay and entered it in Final Draft’s screenwriting contest, where it placed third out of nine thousand. The story was inspired by the military exploits of his career-soldier dad and his three overseas tours in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam as well as his Army daughter’s four tours, including one in Afghanistan. The script was given to a large production company again, which was exciting at first, but when Covid-19 hit and the script found itself on the back burner, he decided to run with it and turn it into a novel, feeling the story was too inspirational not to be told.

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