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Joe "Tuffy" Tofuri

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Master Sergeant Joe “Tuffy” Tofuri, USAF (ret.) served 22 years, including 15 years as an Air Force Basic Training Master Training Instructor.  A Vietnam Veteran with numerous awards and decorations to his credit, Master Sergeant Joe “Tuffy” Tofuri is the author of The Art of Being Cool; The Ninth Commandment: Thou Shall Not Bear False Witness; Harry the Christmas Angel; and, Tuffy's Heroes.

According to the book description of Tuffy's Heroes, “Meet the basic trainees whose lives will never be the same once they meet their Air Force Drill Instructor, Technical Sergeant Joe “Tuffy” Tofuri. He is an Air Training Command (ATC) Master Instructor and a veteran of several years in the basic training program. A hard-nosed T.I. whose vocabulary does NOT contain the word failure, TSgt Tofuri unloads the full force of his training knowledge and attention-getting tactics on his unsuspecting trainees. Join Tuffy, “Bullets” Grogan, and many more T.I.s whose hilarious antics rock the world of basic training in 1968. All of them are led by the most loveable Squadron Commander in the history of basic training—Major Chin Ho Wok. He is a 5' 3" Chinese American whose speech pattern is caught up in the cartoon world of Elmer Fudd! Nothing can stand in the way of Tuffy’s Heroes, including the blistering Texas heat, a shootout, a body count, a “white tornado” and, oh yes...a werewolf!”


One reader of Tuffy's Heroes said, “As a former Military Training Instructor (MTI/TI) I had the honor and pleasure of previewing Tuffy Tofuri's book 'Tuffy's Heroes'. I enjoyed the manuscript so much as soon as I was notified the book was available, I ordered it. The book chronicles the adventures/misadventures of young civilians going into Air Force Basic Military Training (BMT). Tuffy describes in graphic and profane language the trials and tribulations of basic trainees; the pressures on the TI by peers, supervisors and officers, and family. It is at times funny, outrageous, unbelievable, and very down to earth. As a TI that 'walked-the-walk' I got very immersed in the book as I related to all the incidents described. I remembered things I had forgotten but now were refreshed as I kept reading. This is a must read for all past and present MTI's/TI's; and although present TI's can't do many of the things Tuffy describes, it will give them some insight of the TI mindset at that time. Civilians who have never served in the military, much less in the MTI career field, might cringe at some of the things happening, but will also have compassion with the trainees and TI's as the weeks pass by. Tuffy details vividly the exasperation of the TI trying to meld civilians into a cohesive unit. When the TI gets some time off, he takes the work home or to the bar with him as he has a few beers with his friends. The most poignant portion of the book, in my opinion, is the last chapter as Tuffy is winding down after his flight graduates from BMT and he is contemplating the new flight coming. I can't describe in a few words how I felt, as I read and remembered my exact feelings during this time, when I too contemplated my graduates. I verily empathize with Tuffy during this point in the book, so I leave you with the thought I now can 'talk-the-talk' about this great book!”


According to the book description of Harry the Christmas Angel, “Joyce Bannon, a spunky young widow with a ten-year-old son, struggles to make ends meet. Unknown to her, Joyce’s late husband is a silent partner of a large corporation that a sleazy executive plots to overtake by conning Joyce into signing her stock over to him. While decorating their Christmas tree, Joyce happens upon a torn piece of paper belonging to her late husband, which only contains a few remnants of strange words. Enter Harry, a hilariously cunning, yet relentlessly inebriated Christmas Angel who is dispatched to help Joyce, with the assistance of Jonathan Angel, an obnoxious private detective. Harry must bring Joyce and Jonathan together, as a family, and solve the mystery of the torn paper, all by the stroke of midnight on Christmas Eve. Should Harry fail, Joyce and Jonathan’s memories of each other will no longer exist, and Harry will lose his Angel wings…forever.”

Tuffy's Heroes
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The Art of Being Cool
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The Ninth Commandment: Thou Shall Not Bear False Witness
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Harry the Christmas Angel
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According to the book description of The Ninth Commandment: Thou Shall Not Bear False Witness, “Joe Tofuri is a licensed Massachusetts private detective. He embarks on a bevy of intertwining cases during the Christmas season of 1995. First, he is retained by a wealthy businessman to find and retrieve his young son who was kidnapped by a drug dealer. The “search for the truth” comes to bear in two other cases involving domestic abuse, assault & battery, and the horrible vehicular homicide of a young boy. In the midst of these investigations, Joe takes on another case involving the search for a stolen mysterious briefcase taken by a "Biker" gang. Entering the dark and dangerous biker world, he uncovers an unlikely clue that leads him to a potential eyewitness in the vehicular homicide case. And through it all, Joe must fight the most dangerous entities of them all... his own inner demons.”


One reader of The Ninth Commandment: Thou Shall Not Bear False Witness said, “Although this is not my type of reading material (My husband bought it), I could NOT put it down! This author is so different from your regular shoot-em-up type Private detective authors. This book is non-stop from beginning to end, and absolutely loaded with emotion. And, most important, it's written by a real private detective. The characters are purely wonderful, especially ROCCO! Is this book true? I strongly recommend this book to everyone, and I mean everyone.”


According to the book description of The Art of Being Cool, “Fifteen-year-old Joey Morrelli takes a hilarious romp through the summer of 1959, hanging out at “Louie’s Pizza” and listening to all the rock & roll sounds. And while there, Joey and his older teen buddies try everything they possibly can to understand the “mind set” of teenage girls. Joey is in the process of learning the “art of being cool” from his buddies, and the ride they all take through this special summer while “being cool” is simply gut-splitting with laughter! Between his barbed-tongued twelve-year-old-sister, all the girls at Louie’s, and his bumbling pals, Joey is forever searching for a bottle of aspirin…and a babe of his own! So follow Joey and his pals on this especially funny adventure as they learn all about bras, visit a haunted house, discover a new use for three-in-one oil, and happen upon a very special 1956 Ford Crown Victoria.”

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