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Title:  In the Shadow of Suribachi

Author:  Joyce Faulkner

Paperback: 232 Pages

ISBN 0-9745652-0-2

Price:  $15.95




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Praise for “In the Shadow of Suribachi”

I, being a combat veteran, was always under the impression that in order to write about combat you had to experience it first hand. After reading “In the Shadow of Suribachi” I was pleasantly surprised to find that, that is not always true. Author Joyce Faulkner has brilliantly captured the essence, the terror of war and the life long brotherhoods forged in the heat of battle that only those that have been through the fire and lived to tell about it could truly comprehend. Required reading for anyone, veteran or non-veteran, that wants to know what combat is really like."   -- Charles J. Slezak, Crew Chief/Door Gunner, Co. A, 101ST Aviation Battalion, 101ST Airborne Division, Vietnam 1965-1966

"Joyce Faulkner has captured the spirit of one of the most trying times in American War history.  She has created realistic characters based on people she has interviewed, and she has unified them into an interesting story --making all the characters human beings.  I strongly recommend it, not only for historians, but for the relatives and those close to the men involved in that period of American history." -- Russ Spencer, Author of "The Naked Twilight"

"Seeing the world from another's eyes is always a unique experience but looking through Joyce's eyes is looking at the past with the same passion and pain as those who experienced it." -- Dominick Miserandino,

"What a splendid work!  It is a handful of gem shards, fragments of jewel-like lives, each a precious object in its own right, sharp and fragile, cast down seemingly at random.  Then, at the end, each piece comes into focus in a stunning mosaic of humanity: still fragile, but ever more beautiful and transcendent when viewed as a part of the whole."  -- Lt Col Dave Grossman, Author of “On Combat” and “On Killing”

"In the Shadow of Suribachi is a collection of intense and realistic stories that explain and define the impact the Battle of Iwo Jima had not only on history, but on countless Marines' psyches as well. This book left me haunted and yearning to educate myself even more. Faulkner's work will render her readers humbled and contemplative." -- Beverly Walton-Porter, Editor, Scribe & Quill

"Faulkner put me right in the middle of the battle of Iwo . All that was missing were the sounds. I was amazed at how she could have described the details of the battle and not have been there herself. She wrote of things that "we" who have fought, still have nightmares over." Edward J. Wilson, TSgt, (Ret) USAF Security Policeman

"What’s the difference between Vietnam , WWII, and the Civil War?  Ask the students: quite a lot.  Ask the soldiers?  It’s all the same.  In her gripping novel, In the Shadow of Suribachi, Joyce Faulkner brilliantly captures that eternal truth, War is hell, from inside the hearts of the soldiers who fight them.  In the end, we all perish, on the battlefield and in our souls." -- Ken Goldberg, Clinical Psychologist and Author of Peter Squared

"Author Joyce Faulkner has introduced the main characters in this story leading up to their experience in the Marine Corp during the battle for Iwo Jima.  By doing this, you feel you know how each will react in the carnage of war.  There are some surprises that make this one of those books that's hard to put down.   My time in the service was during peace time, both in the Marine Corp. (active duty) 56- 58 and the PA National Guard (Army) Reserve- 54-56.  I have the deepest respect and appreciation for those who have served in combat." -- Tony Dissen, Pittsburgh , PA

"Historical fiction at its best combines authenticity of historical events with a human touch. In the Shadow of Suribachi exemplifies just such historical fiction. The reader is introduced by several vignettes to a varied array of youthful personalities before WWII. Then in ten crisply written chapters these young people come together in one horrific battle at Iwo Jima . Graphic realism combined with artful dialogue lends an emotional intensity and immediacy to a famous battle. Joyce Faulkner has written a real page turner that draws the reader inexorably into the suffering and pain of war and deepens one’s appreciation for the immense human cost of all war." -- Fran McGrath, High School History Teacher for 34 years,
  Pittsburg , Kansas

"In the Shadow of Suribachi should be required reading on Air Force One." -- Hugh Rush,  Retired English Teacher, Mesa Arizona  

“As the mother of an Iraqi Freedom veteran in the 101st Air Assault, from reading Suribachi I gained a sense of what my son must have felt as he pushed across the desert on his way to Baghdad .  It was a different war and a different time, but Suribachi brings the reality and pathos of conflict front and center in any age.” -- Mindy Phillips Lawrence, author of “One Blue Star:  Poems about the Military, Families, War and Peace.


In a way, I began writing this book when I was a child and my father suffered a nervous breakdown.  Twelve years after the Battle of Iwo Jima, the stress of those thirty-six days haunted his days and nights.  He couldn't eat or sleep and he couldn't articulate exactly what it was that was bothering him.  It surfaced in drugged snippets told out of context.  I had no idea what he meant most of the time - I just knew it was something bad.  He was proud to be a part of the great effort of his generation and happy to have survived when so many others didn't.  Yet he saw and did things that broke his heart and he grieved for friends lost forever.  It wasn't until long after he died when I began the research that supports this work that the pieces of the puzzle came together.  I don't begin to understand what it was like.  I'm a writer and these are stories.  What happened on that sulfuric-smelling island in February and March of 1945 is indescribable.  Maybe that's why so many of those who lived it have chosen not to try. -- Joyce Faulkner, April, 2005  


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"The chosen few that live to tell about the gore of battle usually don't mention it, yet they carry the effects each instant of every day. Vividly portrayed "In the Shadow of Suribachi," Joyce Faulkner provides a ride through history to meet simple men that become fate's chosen warriors. Ms. Faulkner accurately creates the brutality and complications of intense warfare through characters from the thirties and beyond the Vietnam War. She craftily reveals the War Veteran's shared dilemma from the first instant of battle - that dark permanence felt as the warrior gets blind-sided with loss of innocence and becomes chained silently to guilt FOREVER!" ~ Hodge Wood "OTR/L, Writer, and Life Member of the Paralyzed Veterans of America, PVA"

"This is a book that will remain etched in the reader's own memory, for many years to come." ~ Hugh Rosen, author of the novel, Silent Battlefields

"Ms. Faulkner's book is a literary novel of the first class.  It appears that nothing is impossible to her pen, and no feeling, impression, or picture is beyond the power of her words. Your heart will ache for these young men and break when confronted with their deaths.  Nonetheless, this is an amazing book that will allow those who never have known a WWII veteran to understand
a little more about what this greatest generation was all about." ~Sylvia Cochran, Roundtable Reviews 

"Flaws aside, In the Shadow of Suribachi is an earnest and compassionate book. Through her story, Ms Faulkner conveys a deep interest in her subject and she writes with empathy and sincerity of a battle that should not be forgotten, and of the men who fought it." ~

"What makes the book so good is her ability to describe the actions, reactions and thoughts of men in combat. The key to survival, to functioning at all in combat is small unit cohesion. Ms. Faulkner seems to have grasped this better than nearly any writer I know. Her understanding and analysis of what is making these men think and act as they do in a time of utmost stress is amazing. Her description of the effects of modern weapons on the human body likewise makes you believe that she was there." ~ John Matlock "Gunny"

" War became real and the human struggle unfolded right in front of my eyes, mind and soul...The reality of what so many are dealing with today to protect us at home and spread the freedom of spirit around the world is priceless."~Denise Pepin

"Readers should know that, though they may well be mesmerized by this story (stories), it is not easy reading. Endorsed by professionals from the Army's 101st Airborne Division to history teachers, it captures what Lt. Col. Dave Grossman calls "the reality of human aggression and combat." This is a time when we, as a nation, need to fully understand what we are sending our young men and women to do. To understand it may behoove us to visit--or revisit--Suribachi" -- Carolyn Howard-Johnson, Book Pleasures

"Faulkner's work will leave her readers humbled and contemplative.  You will also be treated to a work by a woman who understands people, especially men, like no other woman you have ever read." -- Tom Wood, Editor, Ag Pilot International Journal

"The "Great Generation" is slowly leaving us. Their stories, told with passion and long overdue compassion, should draw us to them and remind us that life is to be lived in all its aching glory. Rare voices say it with as soft a touch, yet as penetrating a needle as this." -- Maggie Abbott, Gettysburg, PA

"Based on interviews with family and survivors, these historically accurate stories paint a picture of the horrors of war and the innocence of the men and women who suffer the consequences first hand. Growing up in the Vietnam era, when the story switched to Kent State, it hit me right between the eyes. Ms. Faulkner's writing style brings the various storylines together for an altogether fitting and satisfying conclusion." -- Darrell House, Author, Song Writer, Performer.

"The individual stories of these 7 young men are compelling in their own right. But when Ms Faulkner weaves their lives together through their training as Marines in Hawaii and into the battle at Iwo Jima, I felt I was with them every step of the way. A must read for anyone who has experienced war first hand; for all those who love and support them. and want to understand what it's really like." -- a reader in Kansas.

" of those rare books that compelled me to read almost non-stop...[it] should be required reading for upper grades in high school and college.  If there are those who doubt or are unaware of the horrors of war they would be well-served by this gripping narrative.  As a veteran of the Pacific Theatre of Operations in W.W.II, I can vouch for the portrayal of painful conditions in that theatre... a masterful accomplishment" -- A. J. Harris MD, FACS

"I finished the book and was done with it long before it was done with me. I was so sad that the read was over. I wanted more! More of their lives, more of their children's lives. Sequel? One can only hope.

I was captured from the beginning, and even more so toward the end. During the invasion I found I was holding my breath, and when the read was complete, I realized every emotion I possessed had been pulled from me and all was spent.

When one of the characters died, I was forced to lay the book down and grieve for them. I could smell the dirt from the fox holes, feel the bullets racing by my head, and fear was my constant companion as I turned from one page to the next. Fear, but laced with hope for their safe return to "HOME" and whatever laid ahead." ~ Georgia Richardson, Author of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Throne.