Always a Marine by Ernest Bywater

Author's Description:
What does an old man do when confronted with a danger? He remembers what he is, he remembers his oath to "fight all enemies, foreign and domestic." The story title says it all.
Size: 34 KB ( ~ 6,447 words)
Genre: Action/Adventure
Sex Contents: No Sex
Tags: Fiction, Vignettes, Violent, Workplace, Military

Review by Jim S   [other reviews by Jim S]

Reviewed: 2017-09-12

I'm giving a huge thumbs up to this story as have the other reviewers. And, apparently, the reading public thus far, given it's rating. This story appeals at a visceral level. It kicks you in the gut but at the same time tugs at the heartstrings, so to speak. It speaks to all that is good and noble in males, meaning no disrespect to the distaff half of the race. I think you'll see my point if you read it and I don't want to give away too much.

Technically, the story is good. Spelling and grammar are excellent as in all of EB's stories; homonymic and homophonic errors nonexistent. Highly recommended. Read it. You'll enjoy it.

Plot: 9 | Technical Quality: 10 | Appeal to Reviewer: 9

Review by Threesheets   [other reviews by Threesheets]

Reviewed: 2011-05-30

Simply and outstanding narrative of a short story.

Well laid out, concise and very readable. The plot and what leads up to everything is very believable.

I'll not spoil it.


You'll thank me later.


Plot: 9 | Technical Quality: 9 | Appeal to Reviewer: 10

Review by The Black Knight   [other reviews by The Black Knight]

Reviewed: 2010-09-30

I almost didn't read this story, and that would've been a real shame. It's a little on the short side, almost more a vignette than a story, but quite good nonetheless.

Technically, it was superior to most stories on the site. While the plot - what there was of one - was good, the characterization was a touch weak in places - a number of characters came off as cardboard. That said, not many stories are capable of causing chills to run down one's spine, and this story can do that in places.

Anyone who hates America, or who hates the military would probably strongly dislike this story. Anyone looking for stroke would be greatly disappointed. Anyone looking for a quick story to read that's just damn good... should try this one, occasional.

Plot: 7 | Technical Quality: 9 | Appeal to Reviewer: 10