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A Life of Choice: Part One by [Benson, Tom]
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Book 1 of 4 in A Life of Choice (4 Book Series)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1153 KB
  • Print Length: 222 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Tom Benson; 171216 edition (8 Jan. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01ADZ4WT6
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #169,506 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Very good read. Couldn't put the kindle down. Can't wait to get in to the second book. Best military book out there. Certa cito.
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From what I understand this is the first of several parts to an ongoing saga of the life of a young serviceman. When Jim Falkner joins the Royal Corps of Signals he does so as a shy and quiet teenager with little experience of the world beyond his native Glasgow. Through this story the reader is immersed in the young would-be soldier’s training and those first tentative friendships formed, many of which would last a lifetime. It’s often claimed by those who served that joining the army is what made a man of them, and for many that’s true but what the author shows with equal emphasis is that it can just as easily lead to ruination; just as the young Jim Falkner grows in confidence and into the man and soldier he wants to be, we also see him being drawn into the services drinking culture and hints at the problems that might bring with it in later years. There is also an excellent preface and first chapter that proceeds the start of our young character’s military career portraying a family background and life that might well have played a part in Jim Falkner’s decision to join the British Army, a background that was indeed shared at least in parts by many of the young recruits of the day.

Written in the first person, the story has a very personal feel to it, enabling the reader to get to know Jim as a real flesh and blood person rather simply as a well-constructed character. The dialogue is entirely natural and the chronological way in which it’s portrayed and divided into twelve easily digestible chapters makes the story fluid and easy to read. There are many good things about being in the army as the author clearly shows but he doesn’t shy away from the negatives and hardships along the way.
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I am a fan of Tom Benson’s writing and this book about military life puts some of his action thrillers, with ex-military characters, into perspective. But it is a very different read, much more of a memoir. It’s a coming of age (albeit late teenage hood) of a young man, Jim Faulkner. A Glaswegian, Jim enlists in the army at the age of 17 and for the first time in his life meets people from other parts of the UK, with mixed results! It is the start of the 70s and our main characters has left a relatively sheltered life. It is easy to identify with his new experiences: first love, first disappointment, first achievement, first failure, but most of all his adjustment to military life. I really enjoyed experiencing this with him and witnessing his transition from naïve teenager to astute young man. Looking forward to part two of Jim’s story, which is previewed at the end of part one.
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