Occupying Force – Battlefield Barrens #5

Occupying Force Gas Mask GirlChapter 5 Of Battlefield Barrens Book 1 – “Occupying Force
From the Cullers War Series (Audiobook Version Download At End Of Text Article)

Culler stood starring at a map scratched into the ground with the other platoon leaders, listening to the intelligence update from the lieutenant. The enemy was pushing in two areas, not just at their valley. Intel said an additional force of Mutes was also holing up in a small town just north of the valley.

Again, different tactics for the Mutes who preferred to skirmish and disappear. Now the Mutes were committing everything they had in the Barrens, and solidifying their forces in a town that the Grand Union wanted for future expansion.
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In Memory Of Sergeant Jason Boyes – Battlefield Barrens #4

In Memory Of Sergeant Jason Boyes - Battlefield Barrens #4In Memory Of Sergeant Jason Boyes

I’m thinking of Sergeant Jason Boyes today, and I miss him. Sgt. Jason Boyes, 32, was born in Napanee, Ont. He was a member of the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, based at Canadian Forces Base Shilo, and had recently arrived for his third tour in Afghanistan.

Boyes was killed by an explosive device on March 16 2008 while on foot patrol, on a Sunday night, with members of the Afghan National Security Forces in southern Afghanistan.

Thank you for being a friend and I wish you were still here.

I remember Jason as the single toughest workout partner I ever had through basic, battle school and battalion. Specifically the time we threw-up spaghetti, in the snowbank, from a triceps workout.

The growl and laugh…

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BATTLEFIELD BARRENS Episode #3 Napalm Death

Battlefield Barrens episode 3Welcome to “Battlefield Barrens” Episode #3 of the Cullers War series called Napalm Death. I’m bringing you audiobooks for free every Saturday. Written and performed by author Raymond Burton, that’s me. Battlefield Barrens is suitable for ages 18 and up and contains graphic violence and offensive language.

This book IS available as a full length unabridged digital audiobook download and as an ebook for kindle, kobo and all other digital formats. To order any version, go to Raymondburton.com/store
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Battlefield Barrens – Chapter 2 -The Interrogation

Battlefield Barrens Cullers WarBattlefield Barrens Chapter 1 is here (audio at end of this post)
We stood looking at the entrance to the bunker. Peering through the door, I met the stare of the man I knew was going to be in charge of the pain parade.

The man just sat there, elbows on the table, hands clasped in front of his face, studying us. Then he waved us in. They pushed us inside and immediately zeroed in on Harrod. Predators can smell fear. He looked at the papers on the table in front of him and then back to Harrod.

“You are Private Dave Harrod.” He seemed like the kind of smug S.O.B. that enjoyed having all the answers. He folded up the papers they took from Harrod upon capture and set them on the table. He tapped them three times, paused, and shot a glance at me.

He straightened up to his full height and peacocked around the room, before circling back like a buzzard anticipating the eventual end of the staggering beast below. He looked like a buzzard too. His left eye sagged and the visible skin on his face and hands was melted. It could have been caused by chemical, napalm or radiation, who knows, but he was serving the Mute name well. He was one ugly looking fucker.

His focus then shifted to me.

“Sergeant Emerson of “B” Company, 2nd Battalion, Union Guard. We have cut your numbers greatly in the last few days.” He waited to see the effect his words had and saw nothing, so he upped the ante.
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Battlefield Barrens – Cullers War 1

battlefield barrens cullers war bookCullers War Series – Book 1 (Battlefield Barrens) Chapter 1 (audio version at end of page)

It’s been a pretty good haul. Not an easy one, but at least it wasn’t boring. I’m sure at some point the story will get riddled with a bunch of far fetched crap… so here is the real story of 50K Doomsday, and how it really went down.

Every man needs to overcome a challenge. There’s something deep inside that wants to face all odds, and come out the victor. To have a stamp on their casket at the end of days that says to the world, “I was here, and I kicked ass.”

It took a long time for me to listen to the feelings that were trying to tell me something wasn’t right in my life.

A constant anxiety that something needed fixing, but I couldn’t see anything in front of me I could change.

Looking down the barrel of my rifle, I wondered if the death I dealt was for any real worthwhile reason.

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Sideloading .mobi files to Kindle

Sideloading .mobi files to kindle will be as simple as 1,2,3 after going through this guide I first ran into when I signed up for Mark Dawsons newsletter. Since I started giving away the first book in the CULLERS WAR series to readers in the newsletter, I’ve run into a few folks for whom my book, is the first book they’ve ever tried to sideload instead of purchasing directly through amazon.
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Fiction VS Non Fiction Writing And How It Affects Your Lifestyle

cat reading paperI was talking to the wife today, and for the first time ever, she said the words, “You should write a blog post about that.” It took me by surprise because “posting to the blog” is something that happens with the door closed, at the end of the hallway. It’s a mysterious beast.

Seeing as how she’s usually right, I figured I better go ahead with getting the words to paper.

I’ve been nonfiction writing on fitness for the majority of my work since I’ve been personal training for 18 years now, but have begun to write fiction over the last couple of years.

Looking at other authors twitter account bios, websites and facebook pages was what prompted the chat.

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Getting Stronger For The Army

Army paroling requires fitnessEvery now and then when a someone finds out I was in the army and a personal trainer, I get asked how they can prepare themselves physically to get ready for boot camp. So here we go…

Developing strength for the army will mostly come down to the ability to be able to use your body easily on any plain of movement. Occasionally you will need to lift heavy objects like motor base plates, ammo boxes, different calibers of machines guns and of course in the worst case scenario, people. Seldom do exercises like bench presses serve a purpose. Bodyweight movements like chins and dips or better yet muscle ups that will help you lift yourself up over something are more what you need.
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self-disciplineToday I want to share with you some points on the power of Self-Discipline I learned from Brian Tracy. Yes, that picture is a backward mirror image. This is a post that will cause some reflection…. bad joke.

You know, when you finally decide to go for the future of your dreams, the person you are now will no longer be sufficient to the tasks ahead. You have to become more to have more.

You’re one of those people or your wouldn’t have made it this far down.

Brian Tracy explains it best when it comes to success:

Once you have a goal and a plan, get going! And once you start moving toward your goal, don’t stop. Do something every day to move you closer toward your goal. Don’t let the size of the goal or the amount of time required to accomplish it faze you or hold you back. During your planning process, break down the goal into small tasks and activities that you can engage in every day.

You don’t have to do a lot, but every day, every week, every month you should be making progress, by completing your predetermined tasks and activities, in the direction of your clearly defined objectives.
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