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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:War & Military
  • Language:English
  • Pages:382
  • Format:Paperback
  • eBook ISBN:9781098310721
  • Paperback ISBN:9781098310714

Toe the Line

by Deon McCarthy View author's profile page

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This book is about a teenager from Chicago who randomly joins the Army. Who is transformed into a Soldier, through basic training and the watchful eyes of the drill sergeants. This book will take you on a journey through the eyes of the main character. While he overcomes his fears, limits and doubts along the basic training process and ultimately leading up to his graduation day


Becoming a Soldier is a transformation of self on every level. 

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s really like to become a Soldier, then this is the book for you. Follow one man’s journey from teenager to Soldier during basic training. Take every step with him while he fights for the life he wants to live. 

Experience his fear, pain, and confusion first hand while he interacts with Drill Sergeants, other recruits, and—most importantly—himself. 

It takes a special strength to become a Soldier and their lives are often shielded away from the public eye. This book hopes to inspire, teach, and even give potential new recruits a realistic view of what they can expect. Soldiers and Veterans, take pride in reading and reminiscing about your own basic training experiences. Most of all, it’s time for everyone to understand the hidden truths behind what it takes to change a boy into a man...and more importantly... a Soldier.

About the author

Deon McCarthy is a retired Master Sergeant and Combat Veteran with 30 years of service in the United States Army. He has deployed multiple times starting with Desert Shield, including tours to Afghanistan, Bosnia and Iraq.

As an accomplished leader, he hopes to teach others what to expect in their own Soldier journeys. He hopes his words will inspire a whole new generation of strength and discipline-minded people. His motto is: There are never failures, just opportunities to learn and mature as a Christian; a Man; a Father; a Soldier......a Leader! In his down time he enjoys playing chess, bowling, and writing his next books in the Beginning to Endex series.

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