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Publisher's Summary

Picked up by a larger publisher: as a consequence; the retitled, second, and final edition of the cult hit, Spent Shell Casings.

"Going to war was a finite window to touch the vanquished barbaric world modern reality has so woefully blighted out."

Joining the Marines in 2002, David Rose signed up to go fight ... and to go die. On this grim path, rather than finding a violent death, he would find family, purpose, and a brotherhood amid the misfit world of the war fighter.

No Joy sees David recounting madcap tales of Muay Thai bouts in seedy garages, a bizarre stint as a street cop, being on the other side of the badge, becoming a veteran of the psych ward, and more. It's an irreverently told story that doesn't just tell one man's tale, but speaks to the necessary question: What really draws modern young men to war?

©2017 Rare Bird Books (P)2017 TalkingBook

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Gritty and Dirty and Fun

A real kick-you-in-the-ass piece of military literature. Glad this is out and I hope it's doing well. This narrator is awesome too. Damn!

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Authentic Military Experience

Awesome books and seriously great chapter in a recon marine's life. Would recommend this to anyone.

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Damn! This is seriously awesome!

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Great narrator in Scott Sowers. Blew my head off. So realistic and gritty. I wasn't in the marine corps but this seems legit.

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Holly Hell! This is great

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Super realistic portrayal of veteran life. Amazing narration by Scott Sowers. 2 thumbs up!

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Not your typical war novel

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Wonderful story! This is a very unique take on life in the marine corp. The narrator did an excellent job with this as well. Two thumbs up!

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Just what I was looking for

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A fantastic war tale. David Rose has a unique gift for storytelling, and this audiobook is like none that I've ever heard before. Thoroughly enjoyed this!

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Extremely emotional and insightful piece of work!

Let's just say as both a female and someone who was never in the military, I feel that No Joy is a must read for anyone who has interest in what goes on inside the minds of our military personnel. I'd always suspected a maniacal sex, drugs & rock n roll mindset pulses in the military world. Nine hours later, suspicions have been utterly and passionately confirmed.

I first read this book in paperback under it's original title Spent Shell Casings. When I realized that it was finally available on Audible I was delighted. Having the story read to you adds a new flavor to the stories and really draws you into every experience as though you were there. I read in another review that the narrator flubbed many of the military jargon, but as a civilian you would be none the wiser. I think the narrator did an outstanding job! However, I would love to hear the author narrate the next installment, if we are indeed gifted with a follow-up. This is an extremely emotional piece of work, and it helps define an entire generation of Americans better than perhaps any related book I've ever read. Highly recommend !! Kudos to the author for an outstanding job in both his service to our country and gift to our intellect.

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Different from most other military books

Brought back the good times of being in the Corps. The many adventures that although different still the same. Same characters all brothers extremely funny and enjoyable. the narrator did a great job I just wish they would learn a little about the culture before hand such as pronouncing pogs. another book would SOI as SOY as in SOY sauce lol. anyways good time.

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Warrior Culture

Good look at so-called warrior culture. As a former Army infantryman who deployed to Iraq, I could relate to many of his assertions and the description of the mentality. I’ve been out for 10 years and have softened a bit, so my thinking has shifted since that time. Guess it’s up to me to write the book about former warriors gone soft with old age. Worth the read.

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Kickass military book that bites

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Definitely would recommend this book to anyone who used to be in the military or likes military non fiction. Really fun.