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The White Donkey: Terminal Lance by [Maximilian Uriarte]

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Winner of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation 2017 James Webb Award

One of Barnes & Noble's Best Comic and Graphic Novels of 2016

One of The Los Angeles Times' 10 Most Important Books of 2016

"It was 2010 when Uriarte, a lance corporal in the Marine Corps, created the online comic 'Terminal Lance,' which swiftly developed a fan base. Using some of the same characters, he created a more serious and involved graphic novel, THE WHITE DONKEY, based on his 2007 deployment in Iraq."

Carolyn Kellogg, The Los Angeles Times

"A masterpiece."―
Ray Olson, Booklist (starred review)

"Combines a casual, straightforward dramatic style with clear, no-frills art that draws readers into his characters' everyday experiences and then wallops them with the tragedy of ordinary life...Both respectful to the military and its role and sympathetic to the delicacy of the young soldiers, the story's power lies in a middle-ground view of the ongoing social conflict, seeking to bridge understanding on both sides."―
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"In many ways,
The White Donkey is one long illustrated deployment journal.... Yet, tucked into the panels and frames, are those singular moments that, like a rock cast into a pond, send their ripples out almost infinitely-altering lives and ending others. The White Donkey follows the tremors, backwards and forwards, and manages to illustrate what feels like a 'true' war story and a lonely chapter in a war our country is trying desperately to forget."―The Washington Post

"Few books pack the punch of
The White Donkey. Uriarte has a genius for details that illuminate the truth and pull you into the story with cinematic fervor. He uses the art form itself to punctuate his pacing and immerse you in the inner reality of a marine's life.... Uriarte puts it all on the page for a story that is hardcore and haunting. A brilliant addition to wartime literature. A+"―JeriAnn Geller, Booktrib

"In The White Donkey, a sense of alienation pervades Abe's experience. He endures the tedium of war, the yearning for action to gain legitimacy in the eyes of fellow Marines, and, finally, the horror of combat... all drawn with stylized realism."―The Wall Street Journal

"A vivid and gripping tale.... For my brother Marines: this book is mandatory.... And for our civilian friends that are always asking, 'What's it like in the Corps?' this book will help you to understand. Even more importantly, it could help you help someone who may have returned to the civilian world with invisible wounds."―
John Absalom, Maui Time

"Spiked with bitter and obscene humor, this debut and first-ever graphic novel about the Iraq War from a veteran reveals the cynical tedium of daily life in combat and how voluntary service can lead to an existential crisis of self-blame. Compelling."―
Martha Cornog, Library Journal

"A palpable reminder of how text and art can craft an unspoken, and in a sense, indescribable narrative power."―
Narrative Species

The White Donkey examines our expectations of war according to what the media has showed us. Uriarte is concerned with how the war impacts people who are expected to transition back to a civilian world that understands the conflict in terms of The Hurt Locker and American Sniper."―Matt Young, The Rumpus

"This book hits you right in the gut. If you've ever wondered what it's like to serve in the Marine Corps and the experience of deployment in a war-torn country like Iraq, this book will help you understand."―
Carolyn Koh, Boing Boing

"This is a wonderful book for anyone interested in the Iraq War, and how difficult it is for our veterans to readjust to civilian life."―
Whitney Smyth, Portland Book Review

The White Donkey is nearly impossible to put down. As we root for characters that seem unflinchingly true to life, Abe's story remains gripping right up to the very last emotionally charged page."―The Santa Fe Reporter

"Uriarte has grasped at powerful mysteries-about what drives young people to join the military and willingly confront danger, about the experience of trauma and grief, and about friendship-and by the end of the book, has given us a portrait of one man's lonely, courageous attempt to come to terms with these mysteries."―
Temple Cone, The Washington Free Beacon --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

Maximilian Uriarte, Iraq War veteran, is the creator of the hit comic strip Terminal Lance. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 2006 at the age of nineteen and served for four years. During his first deployment to Iraq in 2007, he served as a turret gunner on a mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicle (MRAP) and as dismount of India Company's "Jump" platoon in the Zaidon region southeast of Fallujah. He deployed to Iraq again in 2009 as a billeted combat photographer and combat artist and then enrolled in the California College of the Arts. In 2010 he created the popular comic strip Terminal Lance while still on active duty. The strip is now published in the Marine Corps Times and has grown immensely in popularity, with 450,000 Facebook followers and one million unique hits per month.

MacLeod Andrews is an actor, voice actor, and audiobook narrator. He has narrated dozens of audiobooks, earning eight AudioFile Earphones Awards and placing as a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2015. He is a company member of Rising Phoenix Repertory in Los Angeles.

Kiff VandenHeuvel is originally from Grand Rapids, MI and is an alumni of the Second City comedy theater. Kiff is an accomplished improviser and sketch comedy director, and he teaches voice-over, improv and directing at Second City Hollywood. Kiff has appeared in hundreds of TV and radio commercials and is well known in the video game community as the voice of Zachary Hale Comstock in Bioshock: Infinite. He lives in LA with his wife and daughter.

John Glouchevitch began honing his craft as a voiceover artist at age three, when to the dismay of his parents, he began to imitate the accents of their British family friends. Over the ensuing years he studied as an actor, improviser and writer, eventually graduating with a BA in Theater and English from Middlebury College. Recent audiobook credits include Witch and Wizard: The Lost by James Patterson, The Map to Everywhere by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis and Bravo by Greg Rucka.

--This text refers to the audioCD edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B01CDDAFYW
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Little, Brown and Company (April 19, 2016)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ April 19, 2016
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 109466 KB
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 288 pages
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Maximilian Uriarte is an artist living in Los Angeles. An Oregon native, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 2006 at the age of 19 and deployed to Iraq twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. While still active duty, he created the hit webcomic "Terminal Lance" in 2010, which became a viral success as well as the most popular comic strip in the United States military.

In 2016, Maximilian Uriarte and Little, Brown & Co. released the world's first graphic novel about Iraq ever written and illustrated by an Iraq veteran, "The White Donkey: Terminal Lance."

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5.0 out of 5 stars I was deployed to Qatar back in 2009 and 2010 and while I wasn't "in the fight" (also because I'm Air Force) I did have the fort
By Byron Stuart on February 6, 2016
I'm an avid shopper of items on Amazon but for the first time I've decided to write a review......

I was deployed to Qatar back in 2009 and 2010 and while I wasn't "in the fight" (also because I'm Air Force) I did have the fortunate duty of being the guy that processed almost every individual that went to and from theater operations. I was that one guy that came in and briefed every single person about "Look... No porn, gambling products or munitions past this point. There is an amnesty box around the corner to throw that s*** in and if you get caught I don't think my 0-6 is going to be too happy about pulling you out of a Qatari jail at this time at night.

About a month in I met a marine who knew Max and had told me... "Man, you gotta read this guys stuff, it's hilarious!" When I went to his page at the time I believe he had less than 100 likes and I think he was on his 4-5 strip. I was hooked! Every week now I look at his post and just laugh because even though I was never infantry or a marine by any means, a lot of the dialog can fit with just about any service.

When the book was release this last week I had to buy it (not sure why I didn't contribute to the kickstarter... dumb!).

WOW.... INCREDIBLE! Never in my life have I been drawn into such amazing art work and dialogue. Even though your reading it almost feels like your watching a movie or real life drama about this guys journey. The feelings the art portrays hits you at every angle while the dialogue can make you clinch your teeth and then laugh your ass off. This is a true work of art.....

My wife has two bothers that were infantry in the marine corps and I plan on passing this book on to both of them. Very well done Max and I'm super excited about your success and hope for many more strips and material to be released. You are extremely gifted so keep it coming!

**While there are many parts of the book that stood out this one really stuck in my mind. I used to be a teacher in a high school and saw many kids leave for the military and every one of their parents would be sad to see them going, but in the end when they came back it was this story they told me just like myself. Going home on leave always seemed fun until I got there and then I was just ready to go back "home".
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