Meet Lieutenant Flint: hard-edged and muscle-bound, radiating machismo—a bull of a soldier. In the opposite corner stands Captain Turner: with his pencil mustache and tailored shirts, he’s a Trick Soldier—smart, crisply-dressed, and always at attention. They’re polar opposites—fire and ice, oil and water.
Ten years ago and a thousand miles away, they attended boot camp together. They didn’t get along then and they don’t get along now. Reunited in the Haitian jungles, in the midst of a fierce rebel uprising, they confront the most dangerous enemy of all—each other.
It’s time for heroes to rise and cowards to fall, and in the case of Lieutenant Flint and Captain Turner, bravery runs deep. When brute strength confronts military honor, the true measure of a man is not in his fists, but in his heart.
Also includes the military adventures “He Walked to War,” in which Marine Sergeant E.Z. Go appears to take it easy, but always gets the job done … even if it’s hard as nails or dangerous as hell—in the end, E.Z. does it; and “Machine Gun 21,000,” the story of a soldier who loses a gun and faces a court-martial, but finds a way to save the day.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A First Sergeant with the 20th United States Marine Corps Reserve, L. Ron Hubbard knew exactly what it meant to be a Marine. As he wrote in 1935: “Most of the fiction written about [Marines] is of an intensely dramatic type, all do-or-die and Semper Fidelis.” But the reality, he said, was far different. “I’ve known the Corps from Quantico to Peiping, from the South Pacific to the West Indies, and I’ve never seen any flag-waving. The most refreshing part of the USMC is that they get their orders and do the job and that’s that.” It’s that kind of unique and pointed insight that he brings to stories like Trick Soldier.