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In Fallujah, during a particularly difficult time in the Iraq War, a group of Marines are deployed on a tour that will bring them closer together, while threatening to tear them apart. The Delta Company Outlaws are a group of Light Armored Reconnaissance Marines deployed in 2004 to one of the most hostile war zones in the world. Through the memoirs of one Marine, this touc In Fallujah, during a particularly difficult time in the Iraq War, a group of Marines are deployed on a tour that will bring them closer together, while threatening to tear them apart. The Delta Company Outlaws are a group of Light Armored Reconnaissance Marines deployed in 2004 to one of the most hostile war zones in the world. Through the memoirs of one Marine, this touching story encapsulates the drama surrounding everyday life during the Iraq War. With a bond formed through blood, sweat, and tears, a group of unfamiliar Marines will come together stronger than family. Memoirs of an Outlaw: Life in the Sandbox is a dramatic new take on the Iraq War that focuses more on the personal aspects of war rather than exclusively on combat. With a touching approach to the camaraderie, daily life, and devastating losses, this enlightening memoir by Robert M. Tanner delves into the brotherhood that’s formed throughout a deployment while documenting the combat experiences and daily life of a Marine. Using personal experiences, this engaging story hooks readers with drama, action, and honesty while painting an illuminating picture of both the funny and tragic sides of war. Inspired by a bond that’s stronger than blood, Memoirs of an Outlaw began as a therapeutic way to document wartime experiences and eventually led to a full-fledged memoir. Deciding to focus on the daily life and camaraderie of war, the story captures the tension, drama, and bonding that comes with combat and living in a hostile environment far away from home. By focusing on the humanistic side of the armed forces, Memoirs of an Outlaw perfectly captures a unique moment in time during an extraordinarily challenging part of the war.


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In Fallujah, during a particularly difficult time in the Iraq War, a group of Marines are deployed on a tour that will bring them closer together, while threatening to tear them apart. The Delta Company Outlaws are a group of Light Armored Reconnaissance Marines deployed in 2004 to one of the most hostile war zones in the world. Through the memoirs of one Marine, this touc In Fallujah, during a particularly difficult time in the Iraq War, a group of Marines are deployed on a tour that will bring them closer together, while threatening to tear them apart. The Delta Company Outlaws are a group of Light Armored Reconnaissance Marines deployed in 2004 to one of the most hostile war zones in the world. Through the memoirs of one Marine, this touching story encapsulates the drama surrounding everyday life during the Iraq War. With a bond formed through blood, sweat, and tears, a group of unfamiliar Marines will come together stronger than family. Memoirs of an Outlaw: Life in the Sandbox is a dramatic new take on the Iraq War that focuses more on the personal aspects of war rather than exclusively on combat. With a touching approach to the camaraderie, daily life, and devastating losses, this enlightening memoir by Robert M. Tanner delves into the brotherhood that’s formed throughout a deployment while documenting the combat experiences and daily life of a Marine. Using personal experiences, this engaging story hooks readers with drama, action, and honesty while painting an illuminating picture of both the funny and tragic sides of war. Inspired by a bond that’s stronger than blood, Memoirs of an Outlaw began as a therapeutic way to document wartime experiences and eventually led to a full-fledged memoir. Deciding to focus on the daily life and camaraderie of war, the story captures the tension, drama, and bonding that comes with combat and living in a hostile environment far away from home. By focusing on the humanistic side of the armed forces, Memoirs of an Outlaw perfectly captures a unique moment in time during an extraordinarily challenging part of the war.

30 review for Memoirs of an Outlaw: Life in the Sandbox

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jon Smolenski

    Memoirs of an Outlaw provides an authentic, intimate, and colorful look into a Marines deployment with the Delta Company Outlaws in Fallujah. As I read through this book, it was immediately apparent that Memoirs of an Outlaw was different from and other military books I have read because it is written in such an honest way, its hard not to immediately relate. Robert does a fantastic job of balancing comical stories about his company's activities passing time to portraying tragic moments that fil Memoirs of an Outlaw provides an authentic, intimate, and colorful look into a Marines deployment with the Delta Company Outlaws in Fallujah. As I read through this book, it was immediately apparent that Memoirs of an Outlaw was different from and other military books I have read because it is written in such an honest way, its hard not to immediately relate. Robert does a fantastic job of balancing comical stories about his company's activities passing time to portraying tragic moments that fill the reader with some sense of what it is like to lose comrades and what its like to have to live with those losses. Most people take our freedom for granted and do not realize what our soldiers go through on a daily basis to protect those freedoms. Robert put aside the difficulties having to relive those memories and highlighted those daily duties and missions in a manner that makes for a quick and memorable read.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    I've read a lot of wartime memoirs, from World War I through Afghanistan, and most of them tell a great story, but the quality of the writing is all over the place. That's okay, the story's the thing, but rarely have I read a memoir that captured the author's combat experiences so vividly and was written in such a polished, professional manner. After briefly covering his first months as a Marine in training, author Bob Tanner describes his seven-month deployment to Iraq as an infantryman with th I've read a lot of wartime memoirs, from World War I through Afghanistan, and most of them tell a great story, but the quality of the writing is all over the place. That's okay, the story's the thing, but rarely have I read a memoir that captured the author's combat experiences so vividly and was written in such a polished, professional manner. After briefly covering his first months as a Marine in training, author Bob Tanner describes his seven-month deployment to Iraq as an infantryman with the Delta Company "Outlaws," Second Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Second Marine Division. Based most of those seven months at Camp Baharia, a spartan forward operating base, he endured the desert heat - 120 degrees in July, with 140-degree temperatures in his Light Armored Vehicle (LAV), improvised explosive devices (IEDs), suicide bombers, a hostile populace, and arcane rules of engagement that required the Marines to hold their fire until insurgents had fired first. He survived all this, but some in his company did not, and he shared the emotions he felt when the close-knit company lost one of its own. His platoon's missions to clear the roads around Fallujah of IEDs and to engage enemy insurgents were described in enough detail to be downright scary, with the Marines never knowing when an IED, an RPG or mortar shell, or a bullet had their number. Despite the dangerous missions and the hellish conditions, there were some humorous situations, including one Marine entrepreneur's sideline of selling pills to the other men. And it's not what you think - there were no illegal drugs or alcohol allowed in Camp Baharia. I'm thankful for men like Bob Tanner who go in harm's way for the rest of us, and I'm thankful for his marvelous memoirs.

  3. 5 out of 5

    J.C. McDowell

    An amazing telling of the life of a Marine while serving his country in Iraq. Having not known many people in the military, it was an eye opener of how life of a Marine really was. I recommend this book wholeheartedly to anyone who wants to learn what life is really like underneath the fatigues.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dan Adams

    One marine's straight-forward, no-nonsense telling of his deployment to Iraq as a member of the Delta Company Outlaws. One marine's straight-forward, no-nonsense telling of his deployment to Iraq as a member of the Delta Company Outlaws.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    This book will surprise you. Not your typical blood, guts war story. Memoirs is like a Band of Brothers Iraq. It will make you laugh, cry & have a greater appreciation for those who serve.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Barry F. Bost

    Outstanding Good read, Well done you make an old 0353 proud! I have a friend who served with a reserve LAV unit.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Joseph Spuckler

    “But then reality kicked back in, and I remembered I was a Marine. We never got the nice stuff.” Memoirs of an Outlaw: Life in the Sandbox by Robert M. Tanner III is a collection of stories about Tanner's time as a Marine in Delta Company, 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division. The Marine Corps took Tanner to Europe and the Middle East before honorably discharging him. He has since earned his MBA and is now a business systems analyst for the Veteran's Administration. The “But then reality kicked back in, and I remembered I was a Marine. We never got the nice stuff.” Memoirs of an Outlaw: Life in the Sandbox by Robert M. Tanner III is a collection of stories about Tanner's time as a Marine in Delta Company, 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division. The Marine Corps took Tanner to Europe and the Middle East before honorably discharging him. He has since earned his MBA and is now a business systems analyst for the Veteran's Administration. The thing about Marines is we are great story tellers and we have some of the most amazing real life characters to draw upon. Recently, after almost twenty years, I caught up with a buddy from the Marines I served with. We met up in a local bar and closed the place down still reminiscing about people, places, and events from almost two decades ago. When I was offered a copy of Outlaw, it took me a few minutes to determine that it wasn't a biker book (outlaw), it was a story about Iraq (Sandbox). I was pleasantly surprised to find out it was written by a fellow Marine, and the book did not disappoint. Tanner volunteered for the Marines and found himself in processing at Parris Island on September 11th, 2001. That event set the tone for his enlistment. He joined under an “open contract”, a euphemism for being assigned as infantry, truck driver, or cook. Tanner got infantry, and his adventure began. As a Marine I will give Tanner credit, no matter what happens, he does not complain, and somehow he seems to have the smoothest deployment in Marine Corps history. Delta Company used LAV-25 (Light Armored Vehicle) armed with 25mm chain gun on a rotating turret, which sit on top of an 8 wheeled platform. It makes a impressive vehicle ; the locals called it the eight wheeled destroyer. It is a crew operated vehicle which carries four infantry scouts, of which Tanner was one. These vehicles are also amphibious which is probably how they ended up in the middle of the desert – there is quite a bit of this type of logic in the Marine Corps. Tanner does something most writers do not do in writing about combat. He concentrates on the Marines and the human equation in the war. What happens outside of the missions is developed more than the missions themselves. The friendship and team building play an important role as well as off-duty activities; simple things, that civilians take for granted, become important to the Marines. Things like the traditional letters, smokes, and any food that does not come out of a pouch or chow hall; to the more modern, like calling home on a satellite phone, the internet, or hooking music up to the LAVs all become important. Fallujah, however, is a very dangerous place and that danger has its cost. The Marines that lost their lives in Iraq are a very important part of the book. Tanner writes an excellent account of his time in Iraq. He does not present the rough, tough, gung ho Marine that is associated with war, nor does he condemn or question the war like Born on the Fourth of July. He delivers a very human and very professional account of his time in the Marines. His writing is clear, familiar and almost seems as if he is sitting across from you telling his stories over a beer. The writing is smooth, flowing, and keeps the readers’ interest. When military terms are used in the book, they are well explained so that someone unfamiliar with the military can easily follow along. Outlaw is highly recommended for anyone interested in Iraq, and more importantly, it is an informal look at today's Marines doing what they do best. Outstanding book Marine, Semper Fi. Five Stars.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Laborde

    Each story about the Iraq war era comes from a distinct POV. In researching my novel about a vet who comes back psychologically and spiritually devastated by the experience, I seek as many books as possible to understand what happened there. I've read books by war correspondents, generals, lance corporals, and other ranks of the military. While the writing from foot soldiers is not always stellar, the authenticity of the stories is real. This book shares specific events that shaped Tanner's expe Each story about the Iraq war era comes from a distinct POV. In researching my novel about a vet who comes back psychologically and spiritually devastated by the experience, I seek as many books as possible to understand what happened there. I've read books by war correspondents, generals, lance corporals, and other ranks of the military. While the writing from foot soldiers is not always stellar, the authenticity of the stories is real. This book shares specific events that shaped Tanner's experience, deaths of his friends, unimaginable heat, terrible food, boredom that leads them to pit camel spiders against scorpions for amusement, games, jokes, and sundry other activities that filled this period. What I appreciate about this story is that Tanner does not appear to have returned to the states unable to function. Many of the stories I've read are about people who are so decimated by the atrocities that they can't function again in society. It appeared that Tanner had effective ways to deal with loss, grief, trauma, and shock. I'm grateful to have the opportunity to learn about what happened over there: a life where the norm is 16 hour days, sleeplessness, exhaustion, heat that melts boots to the road, daily explosions somewhere in the vicinity, interactions with villagers, and the friendships that made it bearable. A big shout-out to Tanner for sharing his story. His book will help me write a better novel.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Frank

    A journal This reads like a journal, I respect the author's war experience. However, the story is superficial making it hard to stay motivated to finish. A journal This reads like a journal, I respect the author's war experience. However, the story is superficial making it hard to stay motivated to finish.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Amazing book. One of the best real military stories I have ever read by far. I would recommend this one for everyone to read.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kristen Gallagher

    Great story This book brings to life what is, for many people, merely a story on the evening news. Thank you to all past, present and future service members and their families.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Richard A Lambing

    Nice read, of more recent history. I’m a veteran of this war too. Just a different capacity, and branch of service.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Erica Szegda

    Outstanding!!! Loved reading this book!! Give a great perspective of how it is over there.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Eduardo M Leon

    Solid Story Good book. Not as glamorous as Lone Survivor or American Sniper but an honest story of the day to day grind Marines faced in Iraq.,

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jeff DeBell

  16. 4 out of 5

    shirley ford

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rodney G. Robinson

  18. 4 out of 5

    Norma

  19. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Jacobs

  20. 5 out of 5

    gj indieBRAG

  21. 5 out of 5

    robert painter

  22. 5 out of 5

    Olinda C. Carneiro

  23. 4 out of 5

    Hettie Morgan-Steinberg

  24. 4 out of 5

    Fred Bookhoop

  25. 4 out of 5

    tim watt

  26. 4 out of 5

    Esme white

  27. 5 out of 5

    Paul Wadlington

  28. 5 out of 5

    Robert III

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mike Burke

  30. 4 out of 5

    Eduardo Lima

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