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Armor of Glass [PDF / EPUB] Armor of Glass Take the movie An Officer and A Gentleman add twenty years, twenty pounds, three kids, an absent wife, a bad civilian job when a seductive old friend reappears In the spirit of Bukowski and Palahniuk, Take the movie An Officer and A Gentleman add twenty years, twenty pounds, three kids, an absent wife, a bad civilian job when a seductive old friend reappears In the spirit of Bukowski and Palahniuk, RMA Spears paints a raw portrait of the American Everyman as he navigates the military, midlife and marriage Armor of eBook ↠ in a changing world Ride along as the grizzled veteran battles commuters on a Dallas train as he reflects on a life of war and pain, of women and loss With his head down, bulling through various assignments to make his version of the American dream a reality, a troubled Marine reaches the end of his rope, only to let go and tumble into a turbulent affair with a high ranking woman on the fast track to general What he doesn t know is that he will be the spark to ignite the powder keg of her pastWinner Next Generation Indie Book Awards for Debut AuthorsBronze Medal Winner in Military Category Readers Favorite International Book Awards A man relives the events that shaped his cynical view of life It s a skillfully crafted literary read Foreword Reviews STARS one of the most realistic love stories I have ever read Readers Favorite Eduardo Aduna STARS If you are looking for a summer novel to read, you don t have to look any further than Armor of Glass A Novel it is fantastic Readers Favorite Kathryn Bennett STARS If you like romance, a sprinkling of military talk and a lot of drama, you will enjoy Armor of Glass Readers Favorite Patricia Reding STARS It is a lasting story those who look closely, such stories bring understanding and insight Armor of Glass is such a story a genuine tragedy, honestly told Readers Favorite Patricia Reding STARS a riveting love story laced with corruption and sexual misconduct that prevails in the Air Force Readers Favorite Mamta Madhaven STARS Armor of Glass follows a flawed man at war with his memories searching for peace San Francisco Book Review STARS Spears long, illustrious military career gives him a clear knowledge of his source material Kirkus Reviews Professionally written, the storybrings readers satisfyingly into the action with its realistic first person narrative blueink RMA Spears is a retired Marine, having served twenty seven years in the US Marine Corps and US Navy He now resides in rural Missouri, where he pursues dual careers in writing and real estate development.


10 thoughts on “Armor of Glass

  1. says:

    R.M.A Spears book is based on a true story but the front cover states it s a novel A novel concept perhaps as the story readslike an autobiography A troubled Marine, married too many times, never in love In a war with himself and the three women he marries A high school sweetheart skips in between the marriages and seems intent on spoiling the last one Brick, the protagonist who s surname is lost in the various time lapses, has trouble making decisions he throws aside an admission to R.M.A Spears book is based on a true story but the front cover states it s a novel A novel concept perhaps as the story readslike an autobiography A troubled Marine, married too many times, never in love In a war with himself and the three women he marries A high school sweetheart skips in between the marriages and seems intent on spoiling the last one Brick, the protagonist who s surname is lost in the various time lapses, has trouble making decisions he throws aside an admission to West Point, flips over jobs, in and out of the military Unfocused or mad at the world because Coach Boscoe sexually abused him Spears prose intermittently equals some great authors Chris Bojahlian, Timothy Hallinan come to mind Who is speaking when protagonist Brick says Constant uneasiness was not living Indicators for repair had to be somewhere Normal people didn t go to therapists, couldn t afford them We fixed ourselves, even if the solution was at the bottom of a bottle Brick has trouble with women but his mother is the only one he can talk todoesn t leave him feeling guilty The world has disappointed Brick Is this Catch Twenty two or Clock Work Orange When Brick talk about his wives, though, you know the story islike The War of Roses Sadly, his wives have no POV All tell and no show Can they all be as bad as Brick says they are Black and white images trickled over the crevices of my percolating mind, unthinking and unnoticed There s a lot to consider in those words But Spears doesn t write just words, he bounces his thoughts, his phrases off the page, throws darts at either his perceived world or his voiceless wives This isn t a novel a novel is crafted with an epic arc, a detailed beginning of person, place and time A novel has a plot, tension, a pace A reader needs to know where the story is going, can get on the wagon and ride it to the conclusion Brick, not a hero, not a sympathetic character, rides the DART with a huge chip on his shoulder Angry at the world or himself This stream of consciousness is an unleashing of deep seated emotions that may engage or enrage the reader I ll let the reader be the judge Certainly the structure of a novel is missing but the power of Spears writing can t be understated


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    Reviewed by Michael McManus for Reader s FavoriteOn a forty minute train ride, Brick, the main character in Armor of Glass A Novel , recounts the low points of his life, a life made up primarily of low points, according to him Brick is searching for a purpose for living His only fear is ending up a nobody who has never done anything of importance This fear pushes him through enlistments in three branches of our military, a myriad of civilian jobs, an intolerable marriage and a love affair a Reviewed by Michael McManus for Reader s FavoriteOn a forty minute train ride, Brick, the main character in Armor of Glass A Novel , recounts the low points of his life, a life made up primarily of low points, according to him Brick is searching for a purpose for living His only fear is ending up a nobody who has never done anything of importance This fear pushes him through enlistments in three branches of our military, a myriad of civilian jobs, an intolerable marriage and a love affair as explosive as the passion he feels for a girl he met in school and keeps running into as he travels through the tragedies of his life Brick doesn t crave wealth or fame He just needs some level of success in something Although it may sound like Brick is a total loser, the truth is that his timing is totally off Whenever something looks like it will pan out, it is postponed or is outright cancelled But he continues on, trying to discover what he is here for.R M A Spears, the author of Armor of Glass A Novel , presents Brick s story in the first person, making it intensely person, as though he is having a long conversation with the reader There are sexual situations, which are explicit without being vulgar There are scenes that may shock you without frightening you There are plenty of surprises While reading, you will feel anger, sadness, frustration and you will probably even laugh If you like romance, a sprinkling of military talk and a lot of drama, you will enjoy Armor of Glass


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    Brick is a shy, unsure, quiet man who struggles with the dating scene He can t seem to find a date until one day his mother tells him SHE found a date for him Not brave enough to ask the woman face to face for a date, Brick calls Cameo to ask her out Cameo agrees to meet him though both she and Brick aren t sure what to expect When he first catches a glimpse of Cameo, Brick knows he s in love with her Though they become great friends, nothing ever happens to make their relationship move for Brick is a shy, unsure, quiet man who struggles with the dating scene He can t seem to find a date until one day his mother tells him SHE found a date for him Not brave enough to ask the woman face to face for a date, Brick calls Cameo to ask her out Cameo agrees to meet him though both she and Brick aren t sure what to expect When he first catches a glimpse of Cameo, Brick knows he s in love with her Though they become great friends, nothing ever happens to make their relationship move forward Brick marries and works hard to provide a good life for his wife and children He had no way of knowing his wife would turn into the person she had become He had no way to prepare for the war about to begin Phenomenal writing, this book will captivate you Characters you can love and those you love to hate make this book one to have Heart wrenchingly beautiful, this love story is told from a male perspective It s powerful and moving I sobbed and cried I was outraged and I was sad Armor of Glass pulls at every emotion The fact this book was brutally honest and direct is just one reason I loved this book I wanted to comfort Brick and Cameo You have to get this book It really is fabulous I found no issues with this one I gave this one 5 cheers out of 5 because of the powerful love story it contains Copy of book provided by author in exchange for a fair review


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    Brick is a fighter, a lover, a husband and a father Armor Of Glass is the story of how the often lost Marine learns to find his true identity by looking past his titles.The novel begins and ends on a train, where Brick, like many, do most of their thinking It is told in a series of flashbacks beginning with his childhood The reader gets to know Brick and his family as told by his point of view There are lovable characters, and others not so lovable There are even times when, in the midst of Brick is a fighter, a lover, a husband and a father Armor Of Glass is the story of how the often lost Marine learns to find his true identity by looking past his titles.The novel begins and ends on a train, where Brick, like many, do most of their thinking It is told in a series of flashbacks beginning with his childhood The reader gets to know Brick and his family as told by his point of view There are lovable characters, and others not so lovable There are even times when, in the midst of his confusion, he is not quite so likable himself, but the dynamic nature of his character makes him relatable even to those who have military history.Throughout the book, Brick fleshes out some military history in an understandable and interesting way Not only does the reader get to know the characters, but they learn about the nation s military forces as well.The writing is clear and sometimes melodic The language is easy to follow and fun to read I give this book five stars because it has an very intriguing plot that caters to all readers whether they be looking for an intricate love story, an accurate depiction of modern marriage and family life, or a story packed with action and conflict The characters are three dimensional and relatable And the ending leaves you hoping for a sequel.Definitely a worthwhile debut from a promising author


  5. says:

    In great need of editing by someone who is an actual editor This was a second edition already, so someone dropped the ball here.


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    I had to force myself to finish this book It was an Herculean effort The writing is rambling, meandering, very stream of consciousness I couldn t discern any real plot it jumped from topic to topic, from riding rapid transit and trying to one up other riders, to child sexual abuse, to combat, to wife hopping You know, if you can t convince the woman you want to marry you, after each refusal, you repeatedly marry the next woman you meet Yes, he says that several times I got the distinct I had to force myself to finish this book It was an Herculean effort The writing is rambling, meandering, very stream of consciousness I couldn t discern any real plot it jumped from topic to topic, from riding rapid transit and trying to one up other riders, to child sexual abuse, to combat, to wife hopping You know, if you can t convince the woman you want to marry you, after each refusal, you repeatedly marry the next woman you meet Yes, he says that several times I got the distinct impression that this book was originally written as a therapy assignment, with the author then deciding to try to make a little money off of it I didn t like the main character He s disagreeable, always complaining and whining I could buy that over the sexual abuse, but not over everything else He thinks he s an every man, but I disagree I ve never met anyone like him I doubt you have, either And the majority of the book is just him talking It s so muchtelling than showing, that I kept losing interest.This book might be okay if it were cut in half and professionally edited It s filled with sentence fragments, misused words, punctuation and continuity errors, and a lack of anything that could be called a thought out plot Here are three examples of misused words from just the first couple of chapters chard a vegetable instead of shard a sharp fragment , fetter chain instead of fritter waste or squander , and dearth lack instead of plethora abundance An example of a continuity error, when he flashes back to his childhood on one page, his mother is cooking bacon and coffee for breakfast A couple of pages later, he says that breakfast meals are only cheap, cold cereal There were also places where it was hard to determine what was happening where To me, there s no excuse for a book to be published with such errors While I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, other people are paying good money for it Those people deserve a quality product for their hard earned dollars.I cannot recommend this book to anyone I feel like I received little to no value for the time and effort I invested in reading this book Such a waste.I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway I do appreciate the giveaway process, but this one was not to my taste Opinions express are my own and were not influenced by the giveaway


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    Armor of Glass by R M A Spears is a so so novel that reads like an autobiography A lieutenant colonel once warned me I was brutally honest I considered myself a realist, not a skeptic or cynic What I thought to be brash and bold, many took as ass and a hole I think not, therefore I am not I settled on my first nickname, Brick Brick is a hard working every man He has been a husband, father, soldier, Marine Brick feels beleaguered and put upon by almost everyone in his life He is sk Armor of Glass by R M A Spears is a so so novel that reads like an autobiography A lieutenant colonel once warned me I was brutally honest I considered myself a realist, not a skeptic or cynic What I thought to be brash and bold, many took as ass and a hole I think not, therefore I am not I settled on my first nickname, Brick Brick is a hard working every man He has been a husband, father, soldier, Marine Brick feels beleaguered and put upon by almost everyone in his life He is skilled at making poor decisions and life choices that he subsequently blames on other people He blames everyone for his mistakes except the one woman he loves and never married Cameo.Armor of Glass features a disagreeable main character who feels sorry for himself and throws blame at everyone else even though he brings many of his problems as an adult on himself The abuse by a coach when he is young is unforgivable He should have had some kind of counseling for this since it is implied that this determined the course of his whole life However, his affairs and throwing blame toward his wife who he portrays as treating him wrong is untenable If you are sleeping around and so is your wife, it is not evil of her but okay for you because you feel your lover is your long lost love And this guy really doesn t like women or he likes them, but it s all about what he wants out of them and them meeting his every need There is no question of his even thinking about meeting a woman s needs, because it s all about him Someone needs therapy here, even though they don t believe in it.Although the cover says it is a novel, the description says it is based on a true story After finishing reading Armor of Glass, I felt repulsed and regretted the time spent reading it when I thought it was a poorly organized memoir Then, when I thought perhaps it might be a novel, it was still not good, but not as bad Wade into this one at your own risk and decide what you think 2 stars if it s really a novel.Disclosure My advanced reading copy was courtesy of the publisher author


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    I received this book through Goodreads Giveaways, directly from the author I usually read write a review as soon as I can I felt bad because it took me so long to finish and I wanted to write an honest, constructive review but I just couldn t find the words and felt guilty for wanting to give it a 2 3 rating This book was not easy for me to get through, most likely because I was having a difficult time connecting with the main character He seemed to always be the victim Sure, I could co I received this book through Goodreads Giveaways, directly from the author I usually read write a review as soon as I can I felt bad because it took me so long to finish and I wanted to write an honest, constructive review but I just couldn t find the words and felt guilty for wanting to give it a 2 3 rating This book was not easy for me to get through, most likely because I was having a difficult time connecting with the main character He seemed to always be the victim Sure, I could connect with feeling like that at times in my life but I realized that didn t lead me to any place I wanted to be I grew and learned from the difficult events I d been through This character didn t seem to change or grow.I was frustrated with how much he seemed to dislike women Also, admittedly as a woman who served 12 years of my life in the Air Force 8 as enlisted and 4 as a civilian and a wife of a retired AF man, I wasn t a fan of his negative comments toward my favorite branch of the military I did try to look past those things though since my family has had members from all branches I wanted to read it because I thought it was a novel but it feltlike an autobiography that jumped all over the place To me it didn t transition very well I think this book would ve worked better if the times and events were separated into chapters If this wasn t a memoir, then I would ve liked to see the main character back off of being a victim and a standing member of the He Man Woman Haters Club If it WAS a memoir, I would ve liked it to beclear and to be left with some impression that his life is on apositive track


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    It was hard for me to read this book at times because of how the main character, Brick, reflected on his life It didn t seem like it focused too much on the love story between him and Cameo Most of the book was spent explaining how hard his life was, how things never went his way, how he was always the good guy that had so many bad things happen to him Everything was always from his point of view, so you never really knew if his ex wives were as bad as he made them out to be or not Just as It was hard for me to read this book at times because of how the main character, Brick, reflected on his life It didn t seem like it focused too much on the love story between him and Cameo Most of the book was spent explaining how hard his life was, how things never went his way, how he was always the good guy that had so many bad things happen to him Everything was always from his point of view, so you never really knew if his ex wives were as bad as he made them out to be or not Just as an example, he was married to his second wife for a long time He was so unhappy with her because she was horrible to him and their kids and only thought about working on her nursing degree, working at her job, etc So, he has an affair, and that s ok with him It was just annoying reading about how his sins are justified, but no one else can do anything bad.I feel like the author did a good job keeping you somewhat interested in the book, which is why I am giving it two stars instead of one I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway


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    Armor of Glass is written in first person narrative using a stream of consciousness technique Those who are unfamiliar with this technique might find it a bit strange, but I think R.M.A Spears chose perfectly for this novel Spears s prose is at times quite poetic From the beginning, I found Brick to be a difficult character to like He had qualities about him that I found anywhere from uncomfortable to downright offensive However, the author did a wonderful job of not only making me sympath Armor of Glass is written in first person narrative using a stream of consciousness technique Those who are unfamiliar with this technique might find it a bit strange, but I think R.M.A Spears chose perfectly for this novel Spears s prose is at times quite poetic From the beginning, I found Brick to be a difficult character to like He had qualities about him that I found anywhere from uncomfortable to downright offensive However, the author did a wonderful job of not only making me sympathize with a character I didn t particularly like but also making me understand him By the end of the novel, I truly cared what happened to Brick, even though I still was unhappy with some of his behavior I loved how the novel was very true to life There wasn t a perfectly wrapped package of an ending I think this novel has a lot to offer, and I would say it s worth the read


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