Leatherneck -- the "Magazine of the Marines" -- generously included a review of The Remains of the Corps in the March 2020 issue. It was an extremely positive review from one of their long-standing reviewers. However, there were a few factual errors included in the review that Leatherneck has corrected in the online edition. They will also include the corrections in the April print issue.
The most significant error is that the reviewer confused the military service and academic credentials of the fictional author / protagonist (Will Remain) with my military service and academic credentials. He credited me with earning both the Silver and Bronze stars, as well as obtaining a master's degree in creative writing from Boston University. To be perfectly clear: (1) I did serve as a lieutenant in Vietnam, but my contributions to the Corps were much more modest; I earned no medals for gallantry. (2) I do have a master's degree, but it is in professional accounting.
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-- Tom Hebert
The Remains of the Corps was written by Tom Hebert, a "literary blacksmith," whose hammers, tongs, and chisels -- including a lengthy self-education in the literary arts, an intense passion, and a fierce persistence -- are shaping the iron wrought by many years of extensive research. Tom's literary role model is Anton Myrer, author of Once an Eagle.
Tom, the son of a former Marine sergeant who served on Iwo Jima, was born in Springfield, Massachusetts. He enlisted in the Marines in 1968 and served in Vietnam in 1970 and 1971 as a First Lieutenant. He is a Certified Public Accountant by vocation. His avocation is writing and researching on military matters. He is married, the father of two, and the grandfather of five.
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The costs associated with self-publishing a book are quite high. Those costs are reflected in the prices ($44 for the hardcover & $30 for the paper cover) for The Remains of the Corps.
The costs are high, also, because I "went the full Monty"! Illustrations, end pages, dust jacket on the hardcover, a cloth cover in USMC colors, glossy paper, headband binding, shrinkwrapping, table of contents, list of illustrations, and more.
Frankly, I need your support . . . and, if you are a Marine, I need your Semper Fi Support.
In return, it makes sense that I provide you with additional value. In addition to providing you a first class-looking book, worthy of your coffee table or military bookshelf, I am offering two things: (1) a "book plate" [see adjoining] on which I will inscribe your name, the name of someone you are giving the book to, any dedicative language you wish, and, I will sign it. (2) recognition of you, for your support, by adding your name (or someone you wish to honor) -- or both -- on the Supporters (click here) page of this website and in future printings of this volume and future volumes. You get me started, and I will remember you forever . . .
It might help to know that I dedicated my novel to my Dad -- the late (as of 2016) Sergeant William G. Hebert --- who served in the Corps and landed on Iwo Jima.
In closing, I have worked very hard on my Marine writing project for many years (10), and I am simply and sincerely working to honor the Corps (and all who served and will serve) through an epic novel. I will eventually get to your era of service. The purpose of this first volume -- Ivy & The Crossing -- is to set the stage (and flesh out the many Marine characters) for the next volume -- Belleau Wood-- which is well underway. In short, this volume lays the groundwork . . . and it is critical to your making the most of future volumes.
If you cannot or choose not to lend your support, I wish you well and I thank you for visiting -- and come back any time. We are, after all, Brothers in the Corps. Semper Fi!
If I have succeeded in gaining your support for my writing, thank you and Semper Fidelis! I look forward to sending you your book plate and adding you to the list of The Remains of the Corps supporters.
With respect . . .
'68 - '71
“They passed on a chance to be fanciful,
Choosing instead to be dutiful.
They tried, and they cried,
And eventually died,
Believing war had made
their lives meaningful.”
- Lawrence Blakeslee
I have written Volume I of the first-ever multi-generational account of a Marine Corps family.
It is an epic story!
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