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Max

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  • The Last Deployment: How a Gay, Hammer-Swinging Twentysomething Survived a Year in Iraq

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bronson Lemer
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In 2003, after serving five and a half years as a carpenter in a North Dakota National Guard engineer unit, Bronson Lemer was ready to leave the military behind. But six months short of completing his commitment to the army, Lemer was deployed on a yearlong tour of duty to Iraq. Leaving college life behind in the Midwest, he yearns for a lost love and quietly dreams of a future as an openly gay man outside the military.

    Max says: "Good Book"
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    I wasn't expecting an amazing story and it wasn't. But it was well written and the longer I listened to it the more I looked forward to when I could pick it up again. I'm a gay vet and what I found was very similar experience and thoughts/feelings/circumstance despite that I was an officer in non-combat duty whereas the author was enlisted in combat duty. The narrative would appeal to anyone - it's not all about the gay, it's more about an average soldiers daily experience in the military, with a deployment to Iraq, and by the way he's gay which add's another dimension. The narrator is very good - it might have been better with a younger narrator for the effect, but that was a minor distraction. I'm generally not interested in contemporary war tales (too soon) but I liked the non-rambo style in which this story was told.

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