By A.C. Turner
Brash, boozy Gunny O’Malley, retired Marine and Vietnam vet, struggles in his civilian life as a TV actor and bar owner.
When his Yazidi bartender announces plans to rescue his sister and mother from certain death at the hands of ISIS, Gunny and best friend Buzz must decide how to best help the young man and his family.
Meanwhile, Vietnam flashbacks and memories of his Semper Fi brothers continue to haunt him.
Will Gunny heed his girlfriend’s pleas to stay home, or is a journey to hellish, war-torn Syria what he needs to finally slay his demons?
About the author
A. C. Turner’s writing career began in the 1980s with a focus on screenplays. In that time, and with the help of his agent, Anne Getty, he was able to option two of them, Shoplift and Hercules Down and Out, to major film companies. Unfortunately, neither went into production, but that didn’t stop the Los Angeles Times from featuring him on the front page of their Sunday edition on up-and-coming writers in Los Angeles. He then moved on to write two plays, Chickenscratch and Down and Out in Sioux Falls, which were produced at the Hayworth Theatre in Los Angeles. He achieved all of this while raising three kids and coaching high school and junior college football, predominantly in inner-city Los Angeles.
After taking twenty years off from writing, he got the itch back in his mid-fifties. He wrote Semper Fi Brothers as a screenplay and entered it in Final Draft’s screenwriting contest, where it placed third out of nine thousand. The story was inspired by the military exploits of his career-soldier dad and his three overseas tours in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam as well as his Army daughter’s four tours, including one in Afghanistan. The script was given to a large production company again, which was exciting at first, but when Covid-19 hit and the script found itself on the back burner, he decided to run with it and turn it into a novel, feeling the story was too inspirational not to be told.
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