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A Life of Choice: Part Two by [Benson, Tom]
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4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
Book 2 of 4 in A Life of Choice (4 Book Series)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1541 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Tom Benson; 171216 edition (10 May 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01FIK4D90
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #195,164 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I found this book very different to book one, but I expect it was because Jim has now grown older, and is a more complex character. It reconfirmed my beliefs that man is indeed a very strange creature and vastly different to the female of the species. I felt the book was a bit long, six hours reading time, and there were passages of minute detail which I tended to skip through quickly. Covering a spell of active duty in Northern Ireland and the rest of the time in Dortmund in Germany, it follows the day to day activities of a British soldier in the Royal Corps of Signals in the early seventies and is primarily a coming of age story. Do all young men come of age this way? I’d love to know, as they sound pretty wild, with mainly women and drink on their minds most of the time, together with indecision and an uncertain attitude to the world. An interesting read but I enjoyed the first book more.
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Paths and Progression is the second part in Tom Benson's A Life of Choice series. It follows Jim Faulkner in his military career and gives the reader a real taste of what life in the army was like back in the seventies. While the job, the base and army culture is meticulously described throughout, this is a story of a young man's experiences as he journeys into manhood. Those who have been in the armed forces will no doubt enjoy all the military references but it's not a necessity for the reader to be ex army. It is fiction but it's written in the style of a memoir and deals with the characters emotions as well as the job. It follows what I would expect to be real army life rather than the sensationalised heroism I've read in other army books. It felt very authentic.

For me, the most engaging parts were when Jim let his guard down and shared his feelings about the various relationships he found himself in. It highlights the difficulties of maintaining a relationship with someone back home while faced with so much temptation. The story also tackles Jim's struggles with alcohol, being drawn into a drinking culture beyond his control. Jim's experiences off the base were entertaining and helped to show the softer side of the character.
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He's gone and got me hooked on the life of Jim Faulkner in this second volume of a Life of Choice. Once more the reader is immersed into the world of the army, seen through the eyes of one man and those around him. In this volume, our main character leaves the UK for the first time, for a posting in Germany and experiences further adjustments to military life and several personal challenges. Suffice it to say that his demons come out but I won’t spoil this excellent story with any detail. If you haven’t read volume one yet, get started on that. If you have, then don’t hesitate to read this next volume. You won’t be disappointed.
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In this, the second part of the A Life of Choice series, Jim is now a seasoned soldier. His behaviour both on and off duty are cause for some serious laughs, mingled with emotions not normally experienced when reading about soldiers, fact or fiction. Tom has obviously 'been there, done that' and his accuracy is exemplary. I found myself reading a chapter and then putting the book down to think about what I had read. Jim's story is so resonant of many soldiers, especially of that era. He has been to places that I have and I'm not just talking geographically. I do not only sympathise with this lad, but I empathise. Tom Benson writes with an aplomb, his sensitive treatment of issues told in the book is admirable. Thank you Tom, for writing a book of such calibre but also for allowing me to read, in part, about myself. I may now know where I went wrong!!I I look forward to Part 3. Whether you are ex military or not, this book deserves a read. 5 Stars mate.
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars 3 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An authentic glimpse of military life 24 May 2016
By Jan R - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Paths and Progression is the second part in Tom Benson's A Life of Choice series. It follows Jim Faulkner in his military career and gives the reader a real taste of what life in the army was like back in the seventies. While the job, the base and army culture is meticulously described throughout, this is a story of a young man's experiences as he journeys into manhood. Those who have been in the armed forces will no doubt enjoy all the military references but it's not a necessity for the reader to be ex army. It is fiction but it's written in the style of a memoir and deals with the characters emotions as well as the job. It follows what I would expect to be real army life rather than the sensationalised heroism I've read in other army books. It felt very authentic.

For me, the most engaging parts were when Jim let his guard down and shared his feelings about the various relationships he found himself in. It highlights the difficulties of maintaining a relationship with someone back home while faced with so much temptation. The story also tackles Jim's struggles with alcohol, being drawn into a drinking culture beyond his control. Jim's experiences off the base were entertaining and helped to show the softer side of the character.
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Benson has done it again... 13 Jun. 2016
By barbara - Published on Amazon.com
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He's gone and got me hooked on the life of Jim Faulkner in this second volume of a Life of Choice. Once more the reader is immersed into the world of the army, seen through the eyes of one man and those around him. In this volume, our main character leaves the UK for the first time, for a posting in Germany and experiences further adjustments to military life and several personal challenges. Suffice it to say that his demons come out but I won’t spoil this excellent story with any detail. If you haven’t read volume one yet, get started on that. If you have, then don’t hesitate to read this next volume. You won’t be disappointed.
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