The Sea Trials of an Unfortunate Sailor by Kurt Brindley
The Sea Trials of an Unfortunate Sailor
Boot Camp didn’t join the navy to die, he joined to become a sailor, a real sailor, and to do all those things that real sailors are known to do.
But after reporting to his first duty station, a laid-up warship filled with a disgruntled crew who welcomes him aboard with a brutal hazing and violent displays of intolerance and harassment, Boot Camp learns the hard way that to be a real sailor, you sometimes have to put yourself into harm’s way to defend what you believe in.
However, after his only true shipmate---an eccentric nonconformist who, himself, had to overcome intolerance and harassment---is discharged from the navy, Boot Camp is left on his own to face the discrimination and dangers that await him.
Alone, he has to find the courage and strength to stand up for his own self and fight for what he believes in, even if it kills him.
THE SEA TRIALS OF AN UNFORTUNATE SAILOR, a psychological drama set on a U.S. warship in the port city of Yokosuka, Japan, is a story about the harsh realities of navy life during the Don't Ask Don't Tell era. But it's more than that. It is also a story about each of us and how we perceive the world around us. Written with a narrative starkness, it leaves us with only our own prejudices and stereotypes to draw from and forces us to make assumptions about character and identity, and, in the end, determine not just who did it but if it was even done at all.