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Zen for a Frogman: Other Tales and Poems [Anglais] [Broché]

Gilbert H Mackin

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16 novembre 2013
This is a collection of adventure stories. Some take the reader into the sea with US Navy SEAL Teams and frogmen. The author challenges the reader with tales about the rigors of training and the dangers of combat. In this fiction, the sea is an enemy that tests the courage, determination and stamina of military and civilian men and boys in boats and ships. Battle on the Rugby pitch, Zen Buddhism, swarms of hornets, hazards of the depths, blazing barrels of the Viet Cong, fear in combat and high on long ladders, boredom at sea, insanity, revenge, love and death fill the pages of this book. Several pleasant poems separate the exciting adventures.

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Gilbert H. Mackin, a New Englander, was a reserve officer on active duty in the US Navy from 1962 until 1966. After sea duty on USS Terrell County (LST-1157) he served for two years as intelligence officer for Underwater Demolition Team Eleven. He holds three degrees, a BS from Trinity College, Hartford, a Masters from the University of Massachusetts and a PhD from the University of California. The author is a sailing enthusiast with experience single handing a fifty foot ketch along the Pacific coast. He now resides in Maryland and sails a Cape Dory Typhoon on the Chesapeake Bay. He has written an unpublished play in three acts and other short stories to be published in a second collection. Readers are encouraged to send comments by email to 2012setsail@gmail.com where the author maintains an account dedicated to this collection of stories and poems under an alias. They may also leave messages on his facebook page and be assured that they will be read with interest.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Wow -- something truly new!!! 3 décembre 2013
Par Mark Dishner - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Great first work. This is not a book that one skims -- it engages the reader's intellect and demands attention. How refreshing! The writing is direct and detailed; perhaps a little Hemingway-esque, and certainly a joy to read.

The stories are a whirlwind tour of UTD/SEAL training and combat in Vietnam and other exciting tales of sailing. The reader is left wanting to find another story to follow the one they just completed. I'd love to read a novel set in the same world of UTD and the war. Absolutely fascinating!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Powerful Imagery 2 décembre 2013
Par Benjamin G. Mackin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Great book, got this as a gift. The author uniquely and insightfully conveys a deep love and respect for the sea, the US Navy, and it's serving men and woman. Coming from a naval family, but not having served myself, many of the stories were poignant reminders of all those who serve have done for us. That and it was a great read. Highly recommend it.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 great book 13 janvier 2014
Par Dan Spurck - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I enjoyed reading the four stories in the section called "Running in Deep Sand" about UDT and the Vietnam war. This is well written fiction, mainly founded on true facts and the stories remind me of the way it was, as I remember it. The author and I were in Underwater Demolition Team Training class 33 (BUDS ) in Coronado and attended Army jump school at Fort Benning together. Readers interested in good short stories will enjoy this collection.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Not your typical frogman book 3 janvier 2014
Par William T. Jebb - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Gil Mackin is an intelligent, thoughtful and sensitive writer, and draws upon his full life as a frogman, sailor, student of Philosophy and science and stock trader. I particularly enjoyed his poetry and hope he continues to hone his craft and produce more engaging stories and poems.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 "...the bayonet blade of a stainless steel moon..." 7 décembre 2013
Par NevadaFinish - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Just could not put down this book. Each 'fictional' story has the unmistakable ring of cold hard truth. I found myself drift off into thought about each situation, thinking - what would I have done with that?

As an active duty Naval Aviator, I found this collection of short stories about UDT, BUDS, Vietnam, Night Ops and more to give invaluable insight into those troops on the ground I've supported - but more than anything, the stories grabbed me and took me to places I've never been.

There are many books about UDT and SEALs on the market out there, but none reach into the depths of the soul quite like this book. The language is poetic yet concise - "a gull with an empty gut squawks with unending hunger in the darkness..."

No holds barred, nail-biters abound, leaving you wishing for the 'Hollywood' ending, but knowing that can't happen. This isn't Disney folks. GREAT READ!
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