February 9, 2014
Joel Russell’s guide demonstrates true faith, commitment

Joel Russell’s guide demonstrates true faith, commitment ‘The Book of Joel’ begins a new late-2013 marketing campaign BONNEY LAKE, Wash. – While he was serving in Vietnam, author Joel Russell decided there was little or no chance he would make it out of the country alive. He made a deal with God: let him survive […]


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August 23, 2013
A true-to-life story, accurately reflecting the Marine Corps

Joel has written a book which really touched my life. As an ex-Marine, dope smoking, former Catholic, I can attest that his work accurately captures the essence of life in the Marine Corps, the loose morals which I found though marijuana puffing, and the fears pounded into my heart by religious parents, and Catholic teachers. […]


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August 23, 2013
Lots of action and keeps your attention.,

This is a real life story of Joel Russell . Once you start to read it you don’t want to stop until you finish the book. It keeks you intertained from start to finish.


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August 23, 2013
Outrageously, Intense, and entertaining!

From a boy in the streets to a man in the Jungle. Joel struggle’s with life just to stay alive. Striking a deal with God in a rice paddy, Joel forgets the deal and goes on to a hippy infested lifestyle, until a knock in the head brings him back to reality. Great reading for […]


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August 23, 2013
Funny bone tickler of a book! Great reading!

You’ll enjoy this one. Brace yourselves for the ride of a lifetime. Great laughs as the trickster brother rides again. He’ll bring you into a relm that lights up your life!


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August 23, 2013
Honest, Funny , True, Yet still Unbelieveable!

Joel’s book held my interest and kept me laughing, especially the his stories and mishaps in Vietnam. You’ll espeically like and will laugh about the pickle juice! Great reading!


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August 23, 2013
A great read!

I really enjoyed reading this book. It captivated my attention. It talks of life, and humor in the midst of suffering,joy in the midst of pain and the sacrifices oneself has to do for others. This story is of a man who in the midst of horror and fear, served his country with honor. Veteran […]


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May 28, 2013
Life As A Marine And More!

This story, Escaping Death’s Sting: A Combat Marine Life’s Story by Joel Lee Russell, is sometimes shocking, sometimes amusing but always interesting. It is a true story of a young man, Joel Lee Russell, who survives a difficult childhood to become a Marine. Not only does the reader learn about the challenges, almost impossibilities, of […]


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May 27, 2013
True Story!

Escaping Death’s Sting: A Combat Marine Life’s Story by Joel Lee Russell is one of the more interesting books I have read in a long time. People of my age don’t fully understand what went on with our troops in Vietnam. This book tells you. Not only has Russell given us a birds eye account […]


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May 27, 2013
Classic American Story

Joel Lee Russell’s authobiographical work, “Escaping Death’s Sting: A Combat Marine’s Life Story” is an absolutely fantastic tour of a typical American youth spent frolicking in the follies of youth, before a tour of duty in the steaming jungles of Vietnam shatters that idyll. Told in snatches of pure Americana, from schoolboy fights to underage […]


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March 6, 2011
A New Look At An Old Tale

Escaping death’s sting tells a tale we’ve certainly heard before, but being somewhat of a history buff I wanted to get a look at this book thanks to hearing good things about it. I certainly wasn’t disappointed when I read this great book. Joel Russell details nicely what it was like for these young men […]


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February 26, 2011
Entertaining and informative read

I have a friend who suggested I read this novel because he, as a former marine but no literary genius, did not have the words to describe it. He had read this book, too, and told me that if I wanted to have an entertaining, interesting and informative read, I would read it. I was […]


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February 20, 2011
Combat Marine Life story

A Combat Marine’s Life Story,Escaping Death’s Sting” is a great read. You’ll laugh and cry with Joel Lee Russell as you go through the stages of his life starting as boy where he gets his sex education on the streets to his time on the front line as a Marine in Vietnam . You’ll feel […]


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January 30, 2011
Real Life

Joel Russell’s Life story will keep you glued to wherever you are when you begin his story and his journey. The reality of it will shock you, but in the end you will be grateful. Though as a reader we can never truly experience what Joel and many others went through the way he describes […]


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January 29, 2011
Joel’s story

I loved Joel Russell’s: Escaping Death’s Sting: A Combat Marine’s Life Story. What a life, what a story. By the end Joel was my family, I laughed and cried with him. I have always enjoyed war stories and the sacrifices the people who faught for me made, and this book is no different, except that […]


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January 28, 2011
Before During and After

Escaping Death’s sting: A Combat Marine Life’s Story by Joel Russell is a great and true account from a marine living and fighting in the Vietnam war. Not only is this a book about war but it is about life as well. Joel Russell lets us grow up right along side him and view his […]


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January 26, 2011
The Real Vietnam War

Escaping Death’s Sting: A Combat Marine Life’s Story by Joel Lee Russell is a fantastic read. I wasn’t around during the Vietnam war but as it is an important part of histroy I am interested in what happened, especially as it does not shine good light on either side. During this war the media was […]


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January 24, 2011
True Story!

Escaping Death’s Sting: A Combat Marine Life’s Story by Joel Lee Russell is one of the more interesting books I have read in a long time. People of my age don’t fully understand what went on with our troops in Vietnam. This book tells you. Not only has Russell given us a birds eye account […]


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January 24, 2011
Interesting Read

I was interested in reading this book because my son just signed up with the Marines. I wasn’t dissapointed in it. I was suprised to read about what a hard childhood Mr. Russell had. I think this ultimately shaped the man that he was in the service and the man he is today. Escaping Death’s […]


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January 21, 2011
Soldier walking with God

This book is about a soldier who had an experience with God. Many learn God, only few experience God. This character here goes to the edge of his life and death and make an agreement with GOD to serve Him if He save his life. I adore this man who can look up on God […]


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January 21, 2011
God’s provided way of escape for a Marine

This book reminded me of the story when Jesus Christ was crucified in the cross, there were 2 thieves on each of his side. One of them recognized Jesus is the messiah and the other made fun of him. As Jesus promised, that man went to paradise with Jesus. In death bed, few minutes to […]


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January 21, 2011
Fear, Agony and Trembling in War with Grace

My..my..what could a marine go through in his life? This booked showed the realties of a life of a marine. Movies showed us marines go through different things, but we never felt the reality. But, this book pushed me to the edge of a war patron experience. This is not it. Then he kneel down […]


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January 21, 2011
War!!! War!!! Painful story with joyful tears in climax

When I started reading this book, I feel so painful and bad for the marine who got stuck in the war. By the time I finish the book and close it, I had joyful tears in my eyes. Because at the end the marine made a difference for all of us. The author really photographically […]


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January 20, 2011
God responding to broken heart

This is a marvellous story which happened real time. A man who serves the country, going through different hurdles and finally coming to a place with no escape, death is hanging over his head, everywhere darkness, scary feelings, anything could happen, enemy can kill him anytime, fear of torture, fear of punishment – with no […]


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January 20, 2011
GOD and man holding hands together

Author’s life story is a real veteran story. It is heart touching. Sometimes my eyes are filled with tears to read what he was going through. But, at the end when we know, it is all part of GOD’s plan, I felt the relief. I always thought marine life is fun and joy, but this […]


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January 16, 2011
Escaping Death’s Sting

This is told by by the author who is a surviving US Marine who stood against the North Vietnamese Army on Foxtrot Ridge as well as in Khe-Sanh. This is a very interesting book from beginning to the end. Joel Lee Russell tells of his memories of growing up and his journey to Vietnam in […]


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January 16, 2011
Escaping Death’s Sting by Joel Lee Russell

The book by Joel Lee Russell is based on true encounters by the author himself. Reading this story is a thrilling adventure of a former U.S. Marine and his life experiences. The timeline includes his childhood up until post war. This book is well written in great details of growing pains, the extreme struggle of […]


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December 10, 2010
An incredible story

Told from the time of his childhood through Vietnam and through the period after, Joel Lee Russell gives us a detailed account of the struggles, the tears, the laughter and the triumph he experienced throughout his life. It is a true inspiration to listen to the accounts of those who fought and are still fighting […]


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November 16, 2010
The Insanity of Vietnam: Spending Money And Lives To Take A Ridge Or Hill Just To Give It Back To Th

Joel Russell's book "Escaping Death's Sting" is quite unlike any Vietnam memoir you will ever come across. This memoir chronicles the author subjected to sexual abuse as a juvenile, a torturous ordeal in basic training, watching his outfit in four hours go from 250 to 79 men in Vietnam's sweltering jungles, and ends with Russell's […]


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October 10, 2010
A Well Told Story Of A Man’s Life…

The author, Joel Lee Russell, tells his life story in great detail. I found myself unable to put this book down. It follows his life from a child to young man enlisting in the Marine Corps and everything after. I found myself laughing as he told of the predicaments him and his little brother would […]


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October 10, 2010
Pleasantly Uplifting

I picked up this book to read about the author’s experiences in Viet Nam. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised that he gave so much insight into what made him follow the path that he chose. I found his exploits in his younger days to be very humorous and touching. It reminded me […]


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September 20, 2010
A Man’s Journey Through Life

Escaping Death’s Sting: A Combat Marine Life’s Story tell the story of the author’s life including his childhood, time in Viet Nam and how he found love after the war. It made me feel as if I knew him and his entire family, I was laughing everytime him and his little brother would get into […]


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September 20, 2010
Not Just A Soldier

“Escaping Death’s Sting: A Combat Marine Life’s Story” is not just the recollections of a former Marine. Instead it is an in depth look at the shaping of an individual into a Marine and life after being a Marine. In this story the author gracefully walks us though his life; from abusive depressive childhood to […]


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September 19, 2010
Very Insightful

Escaping Death’s Sting: A Combat Marine Life’s Story–This novel begins with a close knit family 12 children in all during the depression who struggles for everything they have. A hardworking family who within years become a comfortable family. Throughout the book he recalls his most memorable moments both good and bad. Joel carries you with […]


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September 8, 2010
Escaping Death’s Sting: A Combat Marine’s Life Story

I was surprised to read that the author has written his life’s story instead of his experiences in the Marine Corps. I really understand his childhood because I was born into an abusive family. Like Joel, there were days when I was doubtful that I would survive my family. But then came the time when […]


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July 20, 2010
Powerful

From the title I knew this book would be one that I couldn’t put down, Escaping Death’s Sting. I love to read books that are based on any type of factual information. This book not only made me realize what people that are currently enlisted are going through, I was able to actually get a […]


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June 27, 2010
Touching

The life of Joel Lee Russell has been long and colourful,reading about his life from a young child (7th son in a family of 12). Joel discusses his abuse as a child, growing up and the great love he has for his family. One thing that stands out is the absolute love between Joel and […]


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June 10, 2010
Heart Warming Life Story

I was really amazed when I read this book. I first was taken aback because it was his whole life story not just from his time as a Marine. Aside from that I really enjoyed learning about this mans life, his dreams, his experiences, his trials, his horrors and all the emotions a human goes […]


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June 10, 2010
A Military Perspective That Is Great For All To Read

I am in the armed forces and my wife asked me to read this book. I found that I really enjoyed this book. It was like sitting down with a retired Vet and hearing his life story. From his childhood, through his Military career, and finally his life afterwords. What a wonderful life story. I […]


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June 10, 2010
A Life Intertwined Into A Military Life

I was just slightly disappointed that this book was a full life story, I expected to be the time as being a Marine. Outside of that I really did enjoy this mans story. When I get together with family and friends we always have someone who has served this great country and there are always […]


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June 9, 2010
Like Listening To Grandpa

While this book was not your usual fare as far as military biographies go, it was special in its own way. This book seemed to me like you were listening to your grandpa or other elderly family member telling you the story of their life. That is basically what Joel Russell does. Having a brother […]


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June 8, 2010
A Very Emotional Red About Marine Life

“Escaping Death’s Sting: A Combat Marine Life’s Story” by Joel Lee Russell was a fantastic read. I enjoyed every aspect of this book. The military experience has always interested me. I have never known anyone who served but have read several books about military life. This was by far the best. It is the story […]


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June 6, 2010
Life As A Marine And More!

This story, Escaping Death’s Sting: A Combat Marine Life’s Story by Joel Lee Russell, is sometimes shocking, sometimes amusing but always interesting. It is a true story of a young man, Joel Lee Russell, who survives a difficult childhood to become a Marine. Not only does the reader learn about the challenges, almost impossibilities, of […]


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June 6, 2010
War And Redemption

Escaping Death’s Sting: A Combat Marine Life’s Story by Joel Lee Russell is a true story of Marine Joel Lee Russell. It is a book that is not only about the trials and tribulations of becoming a Marine, but also a book that tells about the early life of the young man who becomes that […]


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June 6, 2010
Survival And Triumph

Escaping Death’s Sting: A Combat Marine Life’s Story by Joel Lee Russell is the life story of Joel Lee Russell. It seems almost a parable that could be told in a book of Bible stories for children. There is drama, humor, tragedy and triumph in Russell’s story. He’s tells the expected information about the difficulties […]


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June 4, 2010
Great Book About The Life Of One Marine Soldier

Often we see military personnel as mere soldiers. Unless we know them personally, we rarely understand what drives their actions. This book will make you a friend of the protagonist by describing his life story in brief chapters from the childhood as a poor farm boy to the adult marine fighting in one of the […]


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May 29, 2010
Eye Opening!

Escaping Death’s Sting was a great behind the scenes looks at combat and life in the military. The journey begins as a marine prepares to enter the armed forces and then we follow him into active duty. The emotions are raw and the book really pulls you into the story. After reading it, I feel […]


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May 27, 2010
Pleasantly Surprised

I was rather pleasantly surprised by this book. At first, I was a little unsure, since the writing is a little choppy, but after a few chapters I couldn’t put the book down: from stories of when Joel was five to when he joined the marines, each story is more amusing than the last. Escaping […]


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May 27, 2010
Things We Don’t Realize The Military Goes Through.

I must say the beginning of this book was a bit of a surprise. I was expecting to hear about the marine aspect of his life. However, it does take you through his childhood. I felt it made that part of the book a bit of a long read. Once you got to him in […]


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May 26, 2010
Wow Is That What It Is Really Like?

I love reading about what it is like to be in the armed forces, protecting our country. Some stories are good and some a great, this one is excellent. Reading Joel’s account of what it was like to on his road to becoming a marine and then what it was like to be in combat, […]


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