Operation Cure Boredom by Dan Martin

31348656***I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a review***

Dan Martin reminded me of some of the guys I knew in school and eventually grew up and taught as a high school teacher. He was a young man head in a very bad direction. The military seemed like a much better option, so he joined. During his years of service, he obtained a GED and gained a much more productive direction for his life. He worked on airplanes but never saw any real action. However, he was able to travel with the planes so he did get to see new places. He played at being married but it didn’t last.

Most of the memoirs I have read were written by females. Reading one from a male perspective was a nice change. One I thought I might not like at first. I was wrong. Martin’s sense of humor and honesty makes this a fun book to read. I actually laughed out loud during some of his stories about basic training.Though I have not been through the exact same situations he has, the emotions he experienced are universal and that clearly comes across in his stories. If I have any issues with the book, it would be that the third quarter of the book dragged a little. Don’t let that scare you off from reading this story, though.

At nineteen, filled with wanderlust and hormones, Dan Martin made the hilariously amazing decision to join the military to travel and meet girls. Three months later, with Desert Storm in full swing, he found himself surrounded by dudes with not much to do. What unfolded was a long, protracted series of adventures into the art of curing boredom. Told in a collection of vignettes, Operation Cure Boredom is a coming of age story in camouflage. From dodging alligators, to surfing the inside of a plane at 30,000 feet, to being taken hostage by a Frenchwoman, and sex education in church, this absurdist portrait of life in the military is both an iconic look at listlessness in wartime, and the whirlwind journey of a young man getting the adventure he didn’t know he needed.

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