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Set during the Vietnam War era, this short novel takes place at the Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia. The story follows the progress of Private Jack Kendrick as he learns about the chain of military authority. He and his fellow soldiers must learn to stand up straight, at attention, before their designated superiors and show respect for hierarchy. Also it sho Set during the Vietnam War era, this short novel takes place at the Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia. The story follows the progress of Private Jack Kendrick as he learns about the chain of military authority. He and his fellow soldiers must learn to stand up straight, at attention, before their designated superiors and show respect for hierarchy. Also it shows how our hero and his companions dare to stand up straight before their superiors and respectfully protest the edicts of authority. The chain of authority is challenged when Kendrick s black friend Corporal William Buck is on leave in Memphis, visiting his mother. Martin Luther King, Jr. is shot dead and the city erupts in a race riot. Corporal Buck chooses to remain AWOL rather than leave his mother in the urban war zone. When he eventually returns to Quantico he is willing to face discipline, but unwilling to tolerate the hateful taunts of a racist sergeant. This is a novel charged with emotion and moral quandary. How will Jack Kendrick, who has a mind of his own, survive the authoritarian code of the military career he has chosen?"


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Set during the Vietnam War era, this short novel takes place at the Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia. The story follows the progress of Private Jack Kendrick as he learns about the chain of military authority. He and his fellow soldiers must learn to stand up straight, at attention, before their designated superiors and show respect for hierarchy. Also it sho Set during the Vietnam War era, this short novel takes place at the Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia. The story follows the progress of Private Jack Kendrick as he learns about the chain of military authority. He and his fellow soldiers must learn to stand up straight, at attention, before their designated superiors and show respect for hierarchy. Also it shows how our hero and his companions dare to stand up straight before their superiors and respectfully protest the edicts of authority. The chain of authority is challenged when Kendrick s black friend Corporal William Buck is on leave in Memphis, visiting his mother. Martin Luther King, Jr. is shot dead and the city erupts in a race riot. Corporal Buck chooses to remain AWOL rather than leave his mother in the urban war zone. When he eventually returns to Quantico he is willing to face discipline, but unwilling to tolerate the hateful taunts of a racist sergeant. This is a novel charged with emotion and moral quandary. How will Jack Kendrick, who has a mind of his own, survive the authoritarian code of the military career he has chosen?"

3 review for Non Semper Fidelis

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Rossman

    I have known the author, Sam Foster, through business for over 25 years. It is always interesting to see a person (you thought you knew) through another lens. For example, I knew nothing about Sam's USMC experience. Now... this is a novel, not memoir, but the author was in the military during the tumultuous Vietnam days. And you might think that he chose to describe (ad nauseam) another battle or all of that. But this is simply a graphic portrayal through his flushed out characters... of what th I have known the author, Sam Foster, through business for over 25 years. It is always interesting to see a person (you thought you knew) through another lens. For example, I knew nothing about Sam's USMC experience. Now... this is a novel, not memoir, but the author was in the military during the tumultuous Vietnam days. And you might think that he chose to describe (ad nauseam) another battle or all of that. But this is simply a graphic portrayal through his flushed out characters... of what the military is like. And the things in that hierarchy that can be right, or not. Not having any connection to military but only what I've seen in movies and with the opening pages, I was immediately invested. I had to see what happened with Kendrick, with the asshole officers, with some who were humane, and the rest. Well written and had me turning pages until the end. Great tension, and interesting even to a chick. ha. Good job, Sam. Recommended.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Renée

  3. 5 out of 5

    Britt

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