You probably found your way here for the Back To School Blog Hop. I’ll keep my post short and sweet, with a few pics of pretty men, just for fun. I’ll be giving away an e-book at the end of my post.
I don’t have any clear memories of my ‘back to school’ days, and I went straight through college without pausing, so I never ‘went back’. I don’t have kids, so no funny stories about the end of summer and the relief of the new school year! It took me awhile to figure out what I could post about ‘back to school’. Then it came to me; Corey Yarwood, the main hero in my book, The Final Line, returns to one of his Marine Corps training schools as an instructor. Corey’s entire story arc is about his realization that, in all aspects of his life, he’s no longer a student. He’s become a teacher and a leader.
The Final Line is the second book in The Recon Diaries. Corey makes short appearances in the previous stories, but he’s young and has a case of hero worship for another Marine in the stories. They’re all Recon Marines, and Corey is a highly trained, very competent Recon Marine. But up until the events in The Final Line, he still views himself as a kid with a lot to learn.
All Recon Marines go through BRC – Basic Recon Course. Many of them attend other specialized training schools. Corey himself has gone through Jump School. After the events of the previous two books of The Recon Diaries, Corey has earned himself a promotion and a position as an instructor at BRC. Corey goes back to Recon school as a teacher.
As the plot unfolds, Corey remembers his experiences and his performance while he was a student at BRC. He’s now viewing those memories through the filter of his current position as a teacher. As the story progresses, Corey begins to feel less like a clueless student, and more like a highly skilled Marine who has knowledge and experiences to share.
Corey went back to school as an instructor, but learned something significant about himself as a Marine. As the story concludes, the lessons Corey has learned transfer themselves to his personal life. He learns that the men he admires consider him an equal. Corey has become the kind of Marine, and the kind of man, he always tried to be.
If you’d like to learn more about Corey, the man he loves, and the Marines he serves with, you check them out here, at my website.