Monday, October 23, 2017

My New Book, A Tale of the Grenada Raiders, is Out on Amazon

The cover of A Tale of the Grenada Raiders, Amazon Digital Services LLC, 2017. Available now as an eBook on the Kindle Store, and in softcover from Amazon. Apple iBooks is accepting preorders for electronic delivery on November 25, 2017. Coming soon as an AudioBook. 

In commemoration of our blessed dead 34 years ago in Operation Urgent Fury, I publish my war memoir, A Tale of the Grenada Raiders

Twenty six years in the making, I wrote the first stanzas of this highly personal chronicle of Rangers at war in 1991, after I resigned from DEA. 

The manuscript evolved over the decades. I long called it Learning the Language of Nightmares. Then I called it Idioms of Dreams. As I went to print, I decided to title it A Tale of the Grenada Raiders: Memories in the Idioms of Dreams, because that is what it is. 

This memoir is difficult to classify, but at its foundation, it is an eyewitness history of Rangers during the invasion of revolutionary Grenada in 1983. 

I returned to the manuscript over the years, layering on lacquers of meaning, until health challenges two years ago scared me. That lit a fire under me, and I finalized the manuscript feeling the hot breath of the Reaper on my neck. 

I have long lived on borrowed time. I should have died many times over the years, and I recount several of those moments in this very strange book about war. I do not believe that luck is the reason that I am still alive to write these words. 

None of us can foretell the future, but I know that divine intervention and the Big Ranger in the Sky have a plan for me, and my purpose in this incarnation is not yet complete. 

Publishing this book is part of His plan, and I did not want to die without publishing this manuscript. Now it is done. It is a milestone for me. And the Reaper is that much closer on my trail. He will catch me soon enough. 

A Tale recounts what it was like to go to combat for the first time as a young Ranger, and I make some of the Rangers from my unit famous. They needed to be immortalized. 

For me, combat was very much an initiation, and a critical factor in the evolution of my personal mysticism. 

I served with giants, some of the Rangers that I served with played critical roles in American special operations in later years. Some of those Rangers are still serving, one of them at the pinnacle of the Special Operations Command. 

Lushly illustrated, you could almost call A Tale a picture book. Rangers love photographs, mostly because we are not supposed to take photographs, so these photos were also individual acts of rebellion. 

As every person named in the narrative had an opportunity to review the manuscript before publication, the consequence was a deluge of corrections and additional information. My Ranger brothers caught many errors.

I use the real names of the protagonists, and I include photographs of them all. The events transpired precisely as I recount them, with a couple of exceptions that I address in captions to photos and later, in Tales of the Rangers

As the narrative grew, I had to split off bridge chapters connecting Ranger stories to Snowcap stories into a separate book, so the companion memoir The Rosetta Stone of Memories will be published in 2018. 

The Rosetta Stone of Memories is mostly complete. I need to polish it, to shellac its deeper layers of meaning, and I need to curate photos and documents that I collected as the years went by. 

Many of the stories that Rangers told on our secret Facebook pages, on SOCNET, and on over the years, are now captured in Tales of the Rangers, the third volume in the trilogy, which is forecasted for publication in 2019. 

Tales of the Rangers is the book that the Ranger community actually wants. It is an anthology of stories from Ranger oral histories that Rangers told to other Rangers over campfires deep in the South Ranier Training Area since the early 1980's. 

Tales of the Rangers is now up to 777 pages, and I estimate that it is 75% complete. It will exceed 1,000 pages when I finalize it. Many Rangers contributed testimonies. Tales of the Rangers is their book, written by them. I am just the messenger. 

I hope that you like A Tale of the Grenada Raiders. It is an idiosyncratic memoir, so some may find it controversial. I am sure that it will have critics, and some Rangers did disagree with some of my recollections during the review period. I address Ranger controversies in the Forward and the Afterward, and in detail in Tales of the Rangers

A Tale of the Grenada Raiders is an unprecedented glimpse into warfare at the grunt level, so readers fascinated by militaria will enjoy it. But it is unlike any other personal account of war that I ever read, and I read many of them. I had no option but to write this memoir in my own way. 

I do hope that those of you who read it will review it, anonymously or not, on its Amazon sales pages. If you hate it, you can say so. If you like it, I will be grateful. So far the book has garnered eight 5-star reviews on the Kindle page, and two 5-star reviews on the softcover order page. Thank you, friends. 

In the end, all that a writer truly wants is to be read. Many writers are never read, their words consigned to oblivion. Others are only discovered posthumously. So be it. 

A Tale of the Grenada Raiders is available in both Kindle eBook and softcover through Amazon. The book is published in 8.5x11 inches large format, full color. At 377 pages, the physical softcover weighs 2.4lbs. It is a big book. 

Apple is accepting preorders for electronic delivery on November 25, 2017 on iBooks. As I get caught up, I will also release A Tale in audio format, as an AudioBook. I will read every word aloud myself. 

For those of you who waited for this book, I thank you for your patience. For those of you who read it, I am grateful for your time, for your consciousness, and for your eyeballs. 

Young Rangers died in combat on revolutionary Grenada. I hope that this book is a worthy memorial of them. 

Doc T sends. 

Updated 6 November, 2017.


Blogger SharePoint Ranger said...

Looking forward to reading your book. The only issue I have, "You did not mention me or my name." Just kidding, really looking forward to reading it and will give you 'True' feedback. All the best to you and your family. Feel free to contact me any time. You have a place to stay if you ever visit Colorado. Good work Ranger Brother.

12:16 AM, October 24, 2017  
Blogger Estéban Trujillo de Gutiérrez said...

Thank you, Frank.

12:17 AM, October 24, 2017  
Anonymous Blackjack78 said...

Magic man,

I ordered and read your book. I got the big one screw that electronic stuff. Great read, great job and a testament to your beloved Rangers. Hold hard doc and keep punching.


5:07 AM, November 07, 2017  
Blogger Estéban Trujillo de Gutiérrez said...

Great to hear from you!

Thank you for reading the book.

6:56 AM, November 07, 2017  

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