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Gene Rackovitch

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Gene Rackovitch "entered the Marine Corps in 1944. In March of 1945, Mr. Rackovitch was attached to C Company, 1st Battalion, 23rd Marines, 4th Marine Division. At the end of the Second World War, he was sent to Guam. He was stationed there for eighteen months. It was there that he amassed the material for Marines and Renegades. His previous collections of short stories of the Corps have been highly praised by his comrades in arms. Mr. Rackovitchs guiding philosophy is that life is an adventure not only for the celebrated but for each and every one of us." Gene Rackovitch is the author of Marines and Renegade, My Corps: Short Stories and Reflections, The Boys of Flushing, Zivo, Seven Men on the Hunt, Open Season and confessions of a Milkman.

According to the book description of Marines and Renegade, "In December of 1945 on Guam, two Japanese soldiers attempted to surrender to a patrol of Marines. The Marines, assuming them to be armed, shot and killed them. Another Japanese soldier witnessed the incident from the jungle. He fled, and his previous assessment of the treacherous Americans was enhanced. His zeal for retribution became ingrained in his psyche. In September of 1946, four Marines on a routine patrol seeking renegade Japanese who had been stealing from the outlying villages on Guam are ambushed by the renegades. One of them was the zealous Japanese soldier. The incident brings about a chain of events that leaves the reader wondering...who are the true renegades? The Marines or the Japanese?" 

According to the book description of My Corps: Short Stories and Reflections, "Mr. Rackovitch gives you his fears and joys in his short Stories about the Marine Corps. There is humor and pathos in his recollections. There is also an under lying feeling of pride in the men who gave all they had to their country in time of need. He reminisces and draws from memory as he creates both good and evil from that association. From the beginning in boot camp through the training and final cessations of hostilities he draws you into the life style and espirt de-Crops of the United Stated Marines. His stories have been praised by his comrades in arms. As the author I have amassed a number of short Stories about the united States Marine Corps and the men I have encountered in that association. it is a chronological summary of my life as a Marine and events either told to me by my comrades in arms and my own delving into the history of the war in the pacific. Some of my stories were contributed by minute statements from marines the sent me on a quest to discovery their origin . There are times when I mix fiction with fact in my stories."

According to the book description of The Boys of Flushing, "A life lived in Queens New York doesnt seem very interesting to most, but to those who lived it, it was a great experience. Some may say that the boys of that day were near lost to society. We did things that would turn the hair gray of our parents if they knew what we were up to at that young age. I would like to say that through it all somehow we or mostly all I write about became stellar citizens. The shady aspect of my personal existence was put under control by my Drill Instructor in the Marine Corps. I show you in the Boys of Flushing how even beside all the craziness that we participated in we ended up better than most. Maybe not totally stellar, but we carried with us the pride of our neighborhood through sports. I hope reading about us gives you some pleasure as much as it does for us in our memories."

According to the book description of Zivo, it "is a Huckleberry Fin saga of two 14 year old adventures on a 3,000 mile trek from New York to Florida and back. His characters are clearly drawn and Mr. Rackovitch demonstrates ease at quickly involving the readers in his story."

According to the book description of Seven Men on the Hunt, "One of his associates said of Mr. Rackovitch, He brings you mandum in a grizzly way in his writing. So it is with the hunters in this story they let you into their souls and carry you along as they find that this hunting trip turns out to be more than a week of just hunting deer. Going into town put them on the defensive as the locals there have a way of demanded fealty from the considered intruders of their territory. They take it on their honor to defend each other which causes mayhem in a bar that is further disseminated throughout the town. Their host Frank rather than side with his guests pacifies the offenders by chastising the hunters, which causes a considerable amount of friction. Each hunter opens their mind to the reader some justifying their existence. While others hold fast to revenge to those who put forward derogatory attitudes towards the hunters. There is a final confrontation that puts an end to the hunt and gives the hunters some satisfaction as they depart from a week of odd occurrences."

According to the book description of Confessions of a Milkman, "I give you Confessions of a Milkman. For twenty five years I drove a milk truck in New York. From retail delivery through wholesale I give you an inside view of the machinations of one of the citys most infamous industry. From union and management coercion to the individual route man who had to learn to survive in a world devoid of ethics, there was no relief. Constant need to be aware of danger taxed both mind and body while serving their routes. There was one crowning factor in the my life as a milkman, the knowing that you could use your body to the fullest, and be appreciative of your compactly to live a full life."

According to the book description of Open Season, "The men in this story are fictional to a point. I was part of a hunting trip that came to near disaster. I give you an inside look into their characters. Fitz is a product of the South Bronx. Frank the owner of the property that they will be hunting on is a person given to insatiable spitefulness. Then there is Muldoon a pitiful lost soul trying to find a place for himself in an unforgiving world. Carlo is from the lower East Side of New York City his stint in the service a constant revisited trial. Bob a Chief Petty officer in the navy under constant presser from the trauma he encountered in the war. Hank looks to his heritage with a feeling of distain. Gino who came from the mines of West Virginia an Italian with a furious temper but his locality to accepted friends is uncompromising. The narrator our main protagonist the marine is fraught between his family duties and his constant attraction to women who willingly give themselves to him. They all carry burdens which are ingrained in their psyche."

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