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Trick Soldier

Trick Soldier

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by L. Ron Hubbard

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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 fire and ice, oil and water . . . Sean Penn and Michael J. Fox in


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 fire and ice, oil and water . . . Sean Penn and Michael J. Fox in Casualties of War.

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.

A First Sergeant with the 20th United States Marine Corps Reserve, 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 U.S.M.C. 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.

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.

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Galaxy Press, LLC
Publication date:
Military & War Short Stories Collection
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.30(d)
680L (what's this?)
Age Range:
13 Years

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With 19 New York Times bestsellers and more than 325 million copies of his works in circulation, L. Ron Hubbard is among the most acclaimed and widely read authors of our time. As a leading light of American Pulp Fiction through the 1930s and '40s, he is further among the most influential authors of the modern age. Indeed, from Ray Bradbury to Stephen King, there is scarcely a master of imaginative tales who has not paid tribute to L. Ron Hubbard.

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Trick Soldier 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
tomjohnson1940 More than 1 year ago
“Story Telling At Its Best.” This volume actually contains three stories: TRICK SOLDIER, originally published in the January 1936 issue of TOP-NOTCH; HE WALKED TO WAR, and MACHINE GUN 21,000. These are stories featuring Marines by a Marine. TRICK SOLDIER takes place in Haiti, ten years after Marine Boot. Captain Turner and Lieutenant Flint had trained together. Flint was a big, tough boxer who didn’t like Turner because he was always tricked out in polish and creases, and knew the regulations. During Boot, Flint would beat Turner with his big fists, until the smaller man begged for mercy. Now they are together again, in the jungles of Haiti. Captain Turner is trying to train natives to fight against the rebels, but the disobedient Flint undermines his command. When the trainees desert and join the rebels, Turner and Flint must escape. With both men wounded, Turner brings Flint safely to HQ before collapsing, proving heroism does not have to have big fists. HE WALKED TO WAR: Sergeant Egbert Zacharia Golingame is a Marine lineman, running wire through the jungle of Nicaragua, so military posts could talk to each other. He did a lot of walking with his squad. Since he had studied up on the position of gunner in planes, he put in a transfer for aviation to keep from walking so much. However, the first flight he was on crashed when the engine was hit with weapons fire from the ground. Now it was up to him to carry his wounded lieutenant to safety. It seemed no matter what his job, Sgt. Easy Go was always walking. MACHINE GUN 21,000: Marine Gunnery Sgt. Blake is an acting captain with the Guardia National de Nicaragua. He has a tendency to forget things, and lose other things – like a machine gun. When Major James C. Butterick comes to camp, he fines the clerk, Sgt. Bautista – better known as Ojos Verdes – with his paperwork in order, but Captain Blake’s missing, along with Blake. But now it seems the natives with the Guard may be tied in with the rebels, and have the machine gun at their disposal. There’s only one thing for a marine to do, and that’s to charge the machine gun and take back his command. These short stories were a lot of fun. The author was writing about things he knew first hand, and being a marine he makes the stories come alive. They almost sound historically accurate, as if he lived them himself. Highly recommended for lovers of good fiction, and anyone that likes a good yarn.
beckvalleybooks More than 1 year ago
When I first received these books through the post I was so excited, seeing the excellent graphics on the covers took me back to my childhood and the memories of running up to the newsagent on a Saturday to read the latest edition of the Victor and the Commando. The eye catching covers made me want to read them immediately and see if the written word reflected the graphics and I wasn't disappointed as they were full of excitement and adventure as well as having original artwork through the book. Both books contained five short stories which were written in simple text with excellent descriptions of the characters and scenes allowing you to envisage yourself being there.  Each story carries a moral for the reader to use which ever way he sees fit. Because these stories reminded me of my youth, where after reading similar stories my friend and I would re enact the adventures in our gardens, I just wish there was a lot more of these type of publications which would speak to the kids of today and inspire their imagination instead of playing the games on a computer. The books will appeal to readers of all ages, transporting the older generation back to their youth and enable them to share their past with the younger ones of today and would make an excellent bed time story for any inspiring young adventurer. Seeing this book cover and the amount of time and sheer effort, as well as a lot of care, that it has taken to produce them makes me believe and hope that the written book will survive forever.
BruceD More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story. I didn't know what a "Trick Soldier" was or meant until I listened to the story, and I not having a military background myself, I sometimes don't pick up military stories.  This story was suspenseful, performed very well, and perhaps makes a nice point about roles and discovering who is really who or valuable. It's a worthwhile tale to hear. I don't think anyone would be disappointed.  I think it will keep most people quite interested to the end.