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About Bacil Donovan Warren
Donovan currently lives in Tucson, AZ.
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With It or in It tells a captivating and unique story of the 1991 Persian Gulf War as seen from the loader’s hatch of an M1A1 tank.
Using humor and frank candor, author Bacil Donovan Warren shares his personal experience, as well as that of his fellow tankers, as part of the US Army's 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment (the “Brave Rifles”) in Saudi Arabia and Iraq before and during their deployment there for Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and Desert Sabre.
Warren recounts the initial shock of hearing about Iraq's invasion of Kuwait and his Regiment’s preparation for deployment. He describes the stress and sometimes mind-numbing boredom of being stuck in the middle of the Arabian desert, constantly preparing for a possible Iraqi invasion. He recalls the terrifying experience of the start of the ground war and the workmanlike action during combat against Iraq's Republican Guard forces. With It or in It brings clarity and focus to their unceasing efforts to bring the conflict to a swift and decisive end. Finally, Warren describes the triumphant return of the Brave Rifles to Ft. Bliss, Texas, and the waiting arms of their families and loved ones.
Warren’s fellow tankers have called With It or in It “honest and moving” (R. Bell) and “almost identical to the experiences I had myself” (W. Compton). The commanding officer of the author’s Troop during Desert Shield and Desert Storm remarks that With It or in It “brilliantly captures what is the rarely described gritty and demanding life of an armor crewman” (R. Schultheis). Other reviewers remark that the author “tells the gripping tale of a man and his crew mates preparing to go to war” (A. Davis) and call it “an enjoyable and interesting memoir” (JReppy).
The year is 2030.
JPL scientist Dr. Steve Johnson and his team have spent several years spearheading the Mars HabiPrep project, a robotic habitat construction mission. During the final stage, an aberrant asteroid impact threatens to shut down the entire project. Soon the scientists are caught up in a secretive mission, one which may finally answer Fermi's famous question, "where is everybody?"
From the touching "Witnessing" and "Jeweled Curves" to heart-wrenching pieces like "Coming Home," "Why?" and "See me after school," Hooray for Pain! astutely captures the breadth and depth of human emotion, and the beautiful, occasionally painful reality of human experience.
In Hooray for Pain!, author and veteran Bacil Donovan Warren has cast a brilliant light on the heartaches, happiness, confusion, and--of course--the pain of modern life. This powerful journey reminds us that while we are each of us individual people with unique experiences and perspectives, we are still connected by these shared emotions.