“When I first began reading, Zeke was frustrating me, but then I stepped back and said my job wasn’t for me to approve or disapprove of him but to understand. I came to realize that Zeke is a complex character and that veneer he puts on is merely a cover to mask his deep side. The scenes about Dot and the Bloody Sneakers really show that he was far more than a hard-ass, take-no-prisoners toughie. That’s due to your masterful writing/character depiction.”
Jerry Fabyanic, radio host, KYGT—102.FM
“I loved every page of Tim’s epic saga, a “can’t put down book,” a real page turner! His credentials prove he’s intelligent, but intelligence doesn’t guarantee literary aptitude or competency, so his talent in altering facts to fiction in such a fluid and believable manner is an envied and impressive achievement. There’s a comfortable rhythm in his narrative that makes it an easy and enjoyable read, a compelling cadence that draws readers into his stories; a gift many authors lack.
Marines Never Cry is fiction based on reality, but really, it reads like an autobiography, full of real-life emotions: fear, elation, laughter, hate, love and heartbreak. Like Full Metal Jacket, Platoon and Apocalypse Now, this book was a real eye-opener that shed a new light on the war in Vietnam; a war full of unsung heroes!
I give this book two thumbs up—five-stars—and recommend it to anyone who appreciates the sacrifices and dedication of those in every military branch who serve our country with pride resolve and honor.”
William L. Aumiller, Lieutenant, Denver Police Department (Ret.).
Author: Better Rags: A Police Officer’s Story.
“Marines Never Cry is a compelling account of a youth who strives to mature in the most challenging place possible … the Marine Corps and a confused, deadly war with the fears and frustration of mortal combat. There, his ideals and core beliefs are sorely tested and found wanting at times.
Throughout the book, he has reason to cry when he loses those closest to him, but he doesn’t. Tim Hall gives us a Vietnam equivalent of Catch 22 with his capacity to personalize not only his war, but also the unique life and experiences that molded this young man. You are joining a great group of Vietnam experienced veteran writers and your book is one of the best yet.”
Bob Fischer, Colonel USMC (Ret), Senior Advisor to 6th Bn., South Vietnamese Marines,
Vietnam 1966-1968 Author of Guerrilla Grunt, Covan and co-author
of The Miracle Workers of South Boulder Road.
“In Vietnam, we Marines learned quickly that war never goes well or as planned. Tim Hall brings that “lesson learned” home to a new generation of readers who have no idea what transpired fifty years ago, in a faraway Southeast Asian country. Through his main character, Zeke Hammond, an all-American kid from rural roots, Tim weaves actual tales of intrigue, levity, and danger that most people have never experienced or even thought of in their entire lives. He did change names to protect both the innocent and guilty alike. In this book, Tim aptly records United States Marines going about their daily routines of boredom and toil, of events both good and bad and the untimely dangerous exploits of Marines, who “never cry” until the war is over. Tim’s poignant book takes place in the mid 1960’s during one of America’s longest and costliest wars. Very well done, brother Tim!”
Grady T. Birdsong, Corporal, USMC 1st Bn., 27th Marines; 2nd Bn., 9th Marines,
Vietnam 1968-1969, Author of A Fortunate Passage and co-author
of The Miracle Workers of South Boulder Road.
“Marines Never Cry paints a good picture of how things were for truck drivers in Vietnam, particularly those who convoyed into dangerous places like An Hoa. I know because I was a grunt in that area, specifically Operation Allen Brook at Go Noi. You’ll find my name referenced several times in the book, Every Marine: 1968 Vietnam; A Battle for Go Noi Island. I know first-hand what those truckers experienced when they drove those big ass trucks-BATs, as Tim calls them, through what was called “Indian Country” to bring us the ammo and everything else we needed to fight the war. God bless the truckers; they’re the unsung heroes of Vietnam.”
Wesley S. Love, Sergeant, USMC 3rd Bn. 27th Marines, Vietnam, 1968.
“The author writes with the kind of powerful, authentic voice that can only come from someone who has been there, from raising hell in Dogpatch to driving the BAT’s down Liberty Road to An Hoa and back. Equally interesting were the Combined Action experiences the author writes about. As a reader, I laughed and I was sad. But I was always entertained by this “tragicomic” glimpse into the dangerous world of Zeke Hammond and the Heavy Platton with those 26-wheelers that carried thirty ton loads. I highly recommended this novel. It is indeed a page-turner that will hold your interest.”
Dan Guenther, author and former Captain of Marines, Vietnam, 1968-1970
“An honest look at what really went on behind the lines during the Vietnam Conflict. A different viewpoint from most stories of that time. Tim nailed it! He gave dignity and truth to the unsung heroes. He showed us that war is sometimes a necessary evil that requires some soul searching. He also demonstrated how soldiers react so differently under the same circumstances. A very moving story indeed.”
Bob Brown, Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Ret.).
“Marines Don’t Cry is astonishing. I am serious when I suggest that you look into the process of making it into a movie.”
Mike O’Neill, Division Chief and Commander, Denver Police (Ret.)
“NEVER have I been so pissed at a character, happy with him, sad with him, humbled by him and cried because of him. Well, Zeke Hammond, the lead character in Tim Hall’s book, Marines Never Cry, made me feel all those emotions. Hey, wait—isn’t that what the lead character in a good book supposed to do? Excellent read!!”
Wesley S. Love, Sergeant, USMC
3rd Battalion, 27th Marine Regiment
“Thank you for writing Marines Never Cry! It made me laugh, cry and get mad, and made my soul thankful I did not have to go to war.”
Tom Wamsley, former San Francisco
and Santa Clara County police officer and author of
Code 33: True California Cop Stories from the 1970s