No Tougher Duty, No Greater Honor, GySgt L. Christian Bussler

An autobiographical account of one US Marine Reservists tours as a Mortuary Affairs Marine. His story begins in 2002 as an everyday postal letter carrier in Springfield, Ohio when he gets the call to muster. In the next three years, his life is thrust onto the world stage as an active participant in combat. His unique experiences as an MA (Mortuary Affairs) Marine puts him and his fellow teammates directly into the path of war. Told in first person view, read what it was like to witness a despotic regime crumble, walk the streets of terrorist held cities on foot patrols, go on Search and Recovery missions to recover the fallen off of battlefields, and feel the sting of loss of a friend to the harsh realities of war. These are the stories that are never spoken, by a Marine who was there, to return the fallen home with honor. 

No Tougher Duty, No Greater Honor is a poignant, moving and at times heart-wrenching read that will make readers feel a host of different emotions thanks to its emotive and moving literature. No Tougher Duty, No Greater Honor is written by GySgt L. Christian Bussler, a former Mortuary Affairs Marine who has written an autobiographical account of what happened and how he felt when he served in combat. The journey the reader is taken on is a brutal but honest one that will give readers insight into the tragedy of war and the effects it has on a person; especially the effects on somebody who witnesses the harsh realities themselves. The journey, although at times difficult to read thanks to its moving and upsetting scenes, is an incredible book and if you are a reader who loves memoirs or military fiction/non-fiction then you will adore No Tougher Duty, No Greater Honor, I know I did.

No Tougher Duty, No Greater Honor will take the readers to the start of Bussler’s journey in 2002; this is when we are introduced to Bussler, and at this time he was ‘an everyday postal letter carrier in Springfield, Ohio,’ but soon Bussler is called to service. The reader will follow Bussler over the next three years in which he serves in combat as a Mortuary Affairs Marine which is a role that not many people know about. The role is primarily to recover the bodies of fallen men and prepare them for transportation back to the U.S. As a Marine wife, I know all too well how important and critical this job is, and I think it is a sad fact that not too many people know about the role. The reader will follow Bussler on this honorable, but a tough journey and as they do, they will witness what it was really like on the streets in the fallen cities which are run by terrorists or decimated beyond repair. The journey is a tough one because not only will the witness discover the harshness of war but also the tragedy of war through the loss of fallen men.

Bussler’s story is a powerful one that will undoubtedly move its readers with its emotive, heartfelt text and journey. When I read No Tougher Duty, No Greatest Honor I could not help but be moved by the story, the story at times would terrify me thanks to the hard-hitting scenes, but it would also make me want to cry because of the loss and destruction featured in the story that can be heart-breaking at times. So if you are a reader who is thinking of reading the book then be prepared for a brutally honest account. I should add however that although the book does deal with many poignant themes and features many heart-breaking moments, I would still describe it as an inspirational story that perfectly highlights the hard work men and women do to serve and protect our great country.

Bussler is not only an excellent person for having served and written his story to share with the world, but he is also an incredible writer who writes with heart and poignancy. The literature courtesy of Bussler is dramatic as well as breath-taking and will have the readers turning the pages thanks to the natural flow of the text. The book is never once stagnant and flows beautifully throughout. The descriptions courtesy of Bussler too are phenomenal, and because they are so descriptive and realistic, it means the reader will be able to place themselves in the thick of the story which is great because it will allow the reader to immerse themselves in the harsh realities of war.

No Tougher Duty, No Greater Honor is a phenomenal, powerful and poignant book and so I have no choice but to award this incredible read five stars. If you are a reader who is looking to get lost in a moving, honest and touching book then No Tougher Duty, No Greater Honor is for you so do not miss out.

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“No Tougher Duty, No Greater Honor” has now been named as a finalist in the 2018 NGIBA book awards! Get your copy on Amazon, Kindle, Audible, and ITunes!! http://www.notougherduty.com #no_tougher_duty

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Hello folks! My name is Christian and I am the author of the book mentioned. Let me begin by saying thank you for expressing interest in my story.
I had began this project several years ago never intending it to ever become what it is today. You see, these are the stories of my deployments in war. Like so many other service members, when I had came home, I was lost; decisively losing the battle with my own Post Traumatic Stress. I couldn’t see my life ever getting better. I was sick of being me. And I was extremely close to being a statistic.
I was already in PTSD treatment with the VA when a chance conversation with a Vietnam veteran changed my life. He told me to write down my stories, and when I was done writing it out, he told me to then burn them in a bonfire. At first I thought it was stupid, but I tried it. And with each time I felt a little better. You see, it’s called “journaling” in psychology circles. I had no idea what it was, I was so desperate for change I was willing to do anything. I saved all of those stories on my computer; working on them over a course of many years, teaching myself how to write. And you know, that’s the funny thing about this book; I had never taken a writing class in my life. I just wanted to honor those who died in combat and bring attention to a job that no one had ever written about before, so I worked on it until I got it right.
I fell in love with writing. Not so much with the monotonous, “putting words onto paper” that I remembered from high school English class. No. I had discovered a whole new dimension behind it all: the artistry and beauty behind the written word. Ok, I know that it sounds corny, but that is what helped me create the scenes that people love reading. I didn’t want to see myself as a writer, I wanted to see myself as a painter with words; my easel was the five senses and my canvas was the mind. How could I convey an almost indescribable scene to people who have no reference to that level of destruction? Put them in my shoes. Make them feel as if they were with me. Open up with the emotions, the tension, the discomfort, and the thought processes of how to accomplish whatever task that we were doing. Be brutally honest, show my faults, show me questioning my own decisions, and don’t let my own ego get in the way.
I had self published this work in July of 2017 and it is currently THE ONLY book ever written that showcases Mortuary Affairs operations in a combat theatre. In movie terms, this book covers the unknown area between “Generation Kill” and “Taking Chance”. My job was to recover the fallen off of the battlefield and send them home to their loved ones. And in the literary world as well as on the silver screen, this entire link in the chain is a virtual black hole. I hope that my book provides the answers to a lot of really tough questions people my have. I especially hope that the words within brings comfort to Gold Star Families, letting them know that their loved ones were taken care of the absolute best fashion that we could bestow.
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask! I would be more than happy to answer them for you. Please feel free to follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! The links are on my website http://www.notougherduty.com! Take care and have yourself a wonderful day!😊

Wow Christian thank you so much for your incredibly detailed and lovely comment! I loved reading this and know my readers will too. Your book is incredible and I loved every moment of it. Thank you again Christian!

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