Long Journey to Iraq (Paperback)

Enlistment in the Marines Gave Her More Than College Benefits for an Education

By Kenyatta Kelechi

Outskirts Press, 9781478731313, 206pp.

Publication Date: May 9, 2014

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How high is the cost of an education? In the small town of Palm Shores, Florida, 22-year-old Janine Ancheta is looking for a way to pay for her college education. Her hopes and dreams of managing her father's popular bar have been shattered by his sudden death, and Janine realizes that joining the Marines is her best option for a better life and a free education. But she will soon learn the high cost of enlistment in the Marine Corps. After 13 long, tough weeks of basic training, Janine is issued a M16 rifle and deployed overseas to the war-torn country of Iraq for the next 12 months. There, she will need to rely on the many life lessons she learned from her parents and her uncle, a former career Marine himself, to navigate life and war...and her own survival.

About the Author

Kenyatta Kelechi served 26 years in the Armed Forces. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, specializing in literature, at the University of Hawaii, West O'ahu. He is the author of Where Time Has No Meaning and Her Justice, His Revenge. Kenyatta now lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife and family.