28 April 2014

'Fobbit' Author to Give Away Trio of War Memoirs

David Abrams, the sharp-witted former Army Public Affairs NCO who wrote the satirical Iraq War novel "Fobbit," is offering a FREE set of recent war-themed memoirs to the winner of his "Quivering Pen" blog's regular "Friday Freebie" contest. Despite the name of the contest, readers have until 12 midnight, Thurs., May 1 to enter.

Here's what he's got locked-and-loaded for a lucky reader:
  • Adrian Bonenberger's "Afghan Post", which was previously reviewed on the Red Bull Rising blog here. Through a series of letters, Bonenberger tells of his development and deployment as a young U.S. Army officer.
  • Nathan Deuel's "Friday Was the Bomb: Five Years in the Middle East." In 2008, Deuel and his radio correspondent wife moved to Saudi Arabia to see what the Middle East was all about. While there, they had a daughter. Writes the publisher: "At once a meditation on fatherhood, an unusual memoir of a war correspondent's spouse, and a first-hand account from the front lines of the most historic events of recent days—the Arab Spring, the end of the Iraq war, and the unrest in Syria—Friday Was The Bomb is a searing collection of timely and absorbing essays."
Here are the rules for Abrams' contest, posted at his blog:
If you'd like a chance at winning a copy of Afghan Post, Friday Was the Bomb, and Seriously Not All Right, simply email your name and mailing address to:

thequiveringpen AT gmail.com

Put FRIDAY FREEBIE in the e-mail subject line. One entry per person, please. Despite its name, the Friday Freebie runs all week long and remains open to entries until midnight on May 1, at which time I’ll draw the winning name. I'll announce the lucky reader on May 2. If you’d like to join the mailing list for the once-a-week newsletter, simply add the words "Sign me up for the newsletter" in the body of your email. Your e-mail address and other personal information will never be sold or given to a third party (except in those instances where the publisher requires a mailing address for sending Friday Freebie winners copies of the book). 
Want to double your odds of winning? Get an extra entry in the contest by posting a link to this webpage on your blog, your Facebook wall or by tweeting it on Twitter. Once you’ve done any of those things, send me an additional e-mail saying "I’ve shared" and I'll put your name in the hat twice.
For the record, Abrams' "Fobbit" continues to be a must-read for soldiers who have been there, and for civilians who think we must be kidding.

The book was previously reviewed on the Red Bull Rising blog here.

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