Destined to be a real-life cult classic, Soldier-On: The Mercurey Goodman Experience, is an unconventional, embarrassingly honest, often hilarious, bordering-on-tragic memoir of an Iraq War veteran and military misfit who rose to the rank of sergeant during 10 years of service to his nation.
The book’s author, Mercurey Goodman, served in war zones and military bases on four continents, struggling to maintain dignity and optimism while surviving a virtual checklist of problems known to befall modern-day soldiers: money woes, broken marriage, mysterious illnesses, a questionable medical operation, suicidal tendencies, violent altercations, going AWOL, losing his assault rifle--twice!-- incurring humiliating berating from superiors, an impending court martial, and, in the great American tradition, being an honored guest at a community barbecue where he was pronounced a hero for exactly what, he is never sure of.
At less than 100 pages, Soldier-On is a page-turner of gonzo war reporting that is surprisingly poignant and profound in its brevity and guileless tone. Considered metaphorically, Soldier-On is portrait of an earnest Everyman looking for direction from a leaderless culture that is at war with itself.
Anyone considering serving in the U.S. military or their loved ones would do well to read this book. Soldier-On is suited for group readings among military veterans and in counseling situations, as it serves as a jumping off point for discussing aspects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other critical veteran’s issues.
Soldier-On doesn’t take long to digest, but is memorable in ways few books are and readers may find themselves discussing it weeks or even years from now.