I just ordered a copy - can't wait to read the "real thing!" Good luck!
Know it's good enough to actually pay for a copy, Please inscribe mine with one of your usual pithy comments.
Congratulations Pete! It is fantastic!
Pete: I finished your book and it was absolutely great. I love your sense of humor. You managed to capture in writing what were all thinking. I had an uncle much like your Uncle Frank, and my brother is much like your brothers except I don't get as much abuse since I was the oldest!
Pete,Those 'Kidd stories are really funny. The chainsaw incicent had me laughing out loud.Tom
You have done an awesome job with the book!!
You have done a fine job, brother
You've done great work here, Peter!
"Nice job Pete! I really enjoyed reading your new book. Maybe the most enjoyable history book I have ever read. The factual and respectful reporting of the tragedy, coupled with your sense of humor make the book a one of a kind. Having known you since college, I enjoyed the memories of the your family, the Captain Kidd episodes, the toothbrush...I still can't believe you used my toothbrush...that's just wrong!"
I never would have imagined that "military history" could make for such interesting reading. The author draws on many vignettes from his Cape Cod childhood in a large and active family, as well as his time playing football and working as a bouncer, that led to his eventual service in the Coast Guard. He presents them with such self-deprecating wit, that I found myself chortling aloud at his exploits. He also has a great sense of how diverse aspects of our country's history and the culture of the time converged to make the Coast Guard what it was in 1978, when a routine training exercise went tragically wrong. Eagerly awaiting Eident's next book, whatever the subject might be, I'd settle for sitting by the seaside and hearing whatever yarns he might spin!
Please feel free to write anything about the book, or your personal experiences in the Coast Guard, at OCS or growing up on the Cape. I would especially like to hear from those who knew my deceased shipmates.