Packing Inferno: The Unmaking of a Marine

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Tyler E. Boudreau is a twelve-year veteran of the Marine Corps infantry. He trained and committed himself physically and intellectually to the military life. Then his intense devotion began to disintegrate, bit by bit, during his final mission in Iraq. After returning home, he discovered a turmoil developing in his mind, estranging him from his loved ones and the bill of goods he eagerly purchased as a marine officer.

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Overview

Tyler E. Boudreau is a twelve-year veteran of the Marine Corps infantry. He trained and committed himself physically and intellectually to the military life. Then his intense devotion began to disintegrate, bit by bit, during his final mission in Iraq. After returning home, he discovered a turmoil developing in his mind, estranging him from his loved ones and the bill of goods he eagerly purchased as a marine officer.

Packing Inferno is the spectacularly written story of the ordeal of a marine officer in battle and then coming home. It is the struggle with a society resistant to understand the true nature of war. It is the fight with combat stress and an exploration into the process of recovery. It is the search for conscience, family, and ultimately for one's essential self. Here are the reflections of a man built by the Marine Corps, disassembled by war, and left with no guidance to rebuild himself.

This is Tyler E. Boudreau's first book. He currently lives in western Massachusetts, where he works with other veterans on many projects related to war.

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Former marine officer Boudreau documents his struggles with the demons of war in this uneven memoir. Initially "infatuated" with war, the author was deployed to Iraq in March 2004 as the assistant operations officer for an infantry battalion. His wartime experiences, however, left him increasingly disillusioned and ambivalent; unable to face another deployment, Boudreau resigned from the Marine Corps after 12 years of service. The author's rage stems from his frustration with the U.S. mission in Iraq, which he concludes is "un-accomplishable," noting, "I see my fellow Marines getting blown away for nothing and with no chance whatsoever of success." Boudreau dismisses the "surge" strategy and greets "stories of tactical success with skepticism." The author's efforts to call attention to veterans' psychological wounds are commendable, but his brief against the U.S. mission in Iraq-a "labyrinth of... unattainable goals"-is supported by occasionally suspect statistics (i.e., his exaggerated figures for army suicides). Boudreau writes convincingly about his inner struggles and draws on a seabag of colorful anecdotes to support his observations and conclusions in this provocative if flawed memoir. (Nov.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932595321
  • Publisher: Feral House
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 711,667
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Tyler Boudreau grew up in the Boston area and joined the Marine Corps infantry in 1989. Upon completion of his enlistment, he attended college, earned his commission, and returned to the Marines as an infantry officer in 1997. After his tour in Iraq and twelve years of active service, he resigned his commission in 2005.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    In a word: Excellent. Informative and poignant!

    In a word, this book is excellent. Captain Boudreau takes us on a journey, not only through the streets and countryside of Iraq during a "war", but also, honestly and movingly, through his own inner struggle as he searches within himself to reconcile his early years as a committed Marine infantryman to his existence in what we call "normal daily life." You will learn much from this book: about War; about the "war" in Iraq; about contradictions (not only in "war", but in all of us); and especially about how one man/soldier has bravely attempted to deal with the internal turmoil which results from these contradictions. And, you will become engaged and stay engaged through the entire book.

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  • Posted November 27, 2008

    A true must read, a look into the abyss and the Hell of war.

    If you have ever wondered what it would like to be " boot's on the ground " in our current situation/occupation in Iraq. Purchase this masterpiece, I was unable to put it down and read it again to make sure important lessons were seared into my brain. Pro war, anti war or neutral. This novel well test your will and makes sure that you will always question the right and wrong approach to providing your own personal opinion on Iraq and the war on terror in general. Mr. Boudreau is not afraid to where his heart on his sleeve and it is not a pretty picture. I gurantee your vision and interaction with veterans of any conflict that our brave soldiers that are back home or still in the field will change forever. Please pass the word on this epic tome, you will find that you will be thanked for a reality check.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2008

    An informative, poignant story. A 'must-read.'

    In a word, this book is excellent. Captain Boudreau takes us on a journey, not only through the streets and countryside of Iraq during this 'war', but also, honestly and movingly, through his own inner struggle as he searches within himself to reconcile his early years as a committed Marine infantryman with his existence in what we call 'normal daily life.' You will learn much from this book: about War, about the 'war' in Iraq, about contradictions (not only in 'war', but in all of us), and especially about how one man/soldier has bravely attempted to deal with the internal turmoil which results from these contradictions. And, you will become engaged and stay engaged through the entire book. Again: Excellent!

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