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10 Weeks at Chanute: A Discovery in Ruins by [Garcia, Ren]
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In 1992 an aimless young man decided to serve his country and joined the Air National Guard. To complete his training, he was sent to venerable Chanute Air Force Base in the flats of Illinois to learn how to turn wrenches on jet engines. It was a place brimming with history, a place he soon grew to love.

Soon thereafter, Chanute closed its doors forever, becoming a modern ruin in the years that followed, taking the young man's heart with it.

This humorous, witty and occasionally ribald memoir details the experience of one of the last Airmen to pass through the hallowed gates of Chanute Air Force Base, and how the experience haunts him to this very day.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 17560 KB
  • Print Length: 99 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Hydra Publications (31 May 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B071FRXSVK
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A young man's journey into the US Military 26 June 2017
By Kenneth R. Morris - Published on Amazon.com
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I haven't read a memoir book in so long, I almost forgot it's based on real things. This is a story about a young man's journey into the US Military. Well, the beginning, and then his returning to the location of that training and seeing it in ruin. A very moving story, and a view of how "You can never go back home" is so true. This book gives you insight to how things are in the military versus how Hollywood portrays it. I, myself retired from the military and can tell you, this is pretty close to my experience. I've been back a time or two to the locations where I did my initial training, that landscape has changed as well. Engaging story, not without a few typos.
5.0 out of 5 stars the author gives a personal account of what his life was like there. Written with no small about of wit ... 26 July 2017
By Eclipse - Published on Amazon.com
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10 Weeks at Chanute is a fast and captivating read. Written by one of the last generations of airmen to pass through the hallowed halls of Chanute Air Force Base, the author gives a personal account of what his life was like there. Written with no small about of wit and humor, the memoire depicts a sentimentality that few men possess, much less write about, and it gives us an inside view of the military that not everyone gets to see.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Humorous Memior 14 August 2017
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I agreed to read and review this book with the expectation that it might be a dry, factual memoir detailing the Chanute facility. I could not have been more wrong. The author's humorous collection of tales telling how he became involved with the Ohio National Guard, his experiences with the recruiter, basic training, and arriving at Chanute to be trained as at "Jetmec" kept me entertained. His adventures with his superior officers, fellow airmen (and women) and his run-ins with Navy swabbies and Marines (he wasn't a fan of either) who were there for weather training just before the base closed added to the humor. Although the story of this facility the last 10 weeks it operated was included, this book was more the personal experiences of the people, particularly the author.

The language is definitely rough and vulgar--military personnel are not know for genteel vocabulary--but the emotions and irony come through and made the story. This is not your typical research book full of facts. I enjoyed reading 10 Weeks at Chanute.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and sympathetically written memoir. 9 August 2017
By C. Peace - Published on Amazon.com
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10 weeks at Chanute is a fascinating and sympathetically written memoir. The reader follows a young man as he enters the military – specifically the American Air National Guard – and begins his training. The narrative tells of his many memories of his fellow trainees, his superiors, his classes, and also of Chanute, the base where it all takes place.

The author’s fondness for the base shines through the novel and the atmospheric descriptions enable the reader to imagine themselves there along with all the other personnel. Rich in emotional content, the prose then recounts the author’s return to the ruined base many years later, and relays his dismay at its state and his yearning for what used to be.

I am not generally a fan of memoirs but I found this one strangely appealing. I am a fan of the author’s sci fi/fantasy novels, so when he gifted me this book, I was more than happy to give it a try. I am glad I did. Insights into what makes authors tick are rare and privileged gifts, and I treasure this one.

Recommended for anyone who enjoys Ren Garcia's work, or simply likes military tales or memoirs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging Memoir and a Look into the Life of a New Military Recruit 21 June 2017
By Gamer Mom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This isn't my usual genre, but I've read the author's sci-fi/fantasy so had to check this one out. I found it really engaging and learned a lot about what life is like for a new military recruit. The details are great without dulling the narrative. Nostalgia and a great deal of emotion are mixed in to make this memoir come alive. If you enjoy memoirs and military subjects, I highly recommend this!

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