Teufel-Hunden: Devil Dogs

Teufel-Hunden: Devil Dogs

by I.M. Tillerman
     
 

In 1962, three young men from South Dakota fly to San Diego and enter Marine Corps Boot Camp together. Butch and his best friend Danny survive the rigorous training and the physical and psychological torment by submissively following orders and by staying out of harm's way. However, the third member of trio, Jim O'Donnell, an arrogant and insubordinate college dropout…  See more details below

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In 1962, three young men from South Dakota fly to San Diego and enter Marine Corps Boot Camp together. Butch and his best friend Danny survive the rigorous training and the physical and psychological torment by submissively following orders and by staying out of harm's way. However, the third member of trio, Jim O'Donnell, an arrogant and insubordinate college dropout, incurs the immediate wrath of Sergeant "Teddy Bear" Taddy, a violent and seemingly mentally unstable drill instructor, who dislikes Jim intensely and derisively calls him "College Boy." At the Rifle Range, Sergeant Taddy ultimately pushes the abuse and humiliation of Private O'Donnell too far. As a result, Butch, fearing for Jim's very life, must decide whether or not to get involved.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780744314120
Publisher:
SynergEbooks
Publication date:
12/22/2007
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
529 KB

Meet the Author

In 1944, I was born in South Dakota in my great-grandmother’s house. Most of my childhood was spent living on farms near Sioux Falls.

In the early 1970’s, after graduating from Augustana and Purdue, I was hired as a full-time English Instructor at a college in a suburb of Chicago and for twenty-nine years taught Composition and Literature there as a Professor in the English Department. I took early retirement and since then have been a serious author, having written six novels: The Phoenix Sparrow: A Fable, a tale of reincarnation; The Herbert Trilogy, a group of young adult fantasy/soft science fiction books, centering on an antique grandfather clock that is also a time machine; Teufel-Hunden: “Devil-Dogs,” an autobiographical novel about Marine Corps Boot Camp in 1962; and a novella, Not Look Back: A Memoir, a fictional retrospective about life on a South Dakota farm in the 1950’s.

In the early ‘60’s, while I was in the Marines, I married my high school sweetheart, and we had a daughter, who now has two children, my nifty grandkids. After my first wife died tragically, I later remarried. My wife and I have two teenage daughters.

The most profound literary influences on me as a writer are the very authors whom I taught to college students for three decades: Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Melville, Twain, Fitzgerald, and Tennessee Williams. The two strongest literary influences on me, however, are the sublime poet, Emily Dickinson, and Hemingway, who wrote: “A writer should be of his great probity as a priest of God. He is either honest or not…, and after one piece of dishonest writing, he is never the same again” (Amen, Papa).

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