Is it any good?

Or is it just F Gardner 2.0? I’d like to support the writers of IQfy but I keep getting burned, everyone I talked to thus far is a wienersucker who writes dog shit that just copies McCarthy (badly) or Palahniuk (badly) or pulp fantasy (badly) or is just slop that sounds like the author is 15

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Hey man I wrote it. It’s all right. It’s a dark satire about the military intelligence apparatus toward the end of the Afghan war. I lived it, for a time, and, like Heller in Catch 22, made caricatures of a lot of the guys I knew and tried to make a story about how pointless of a war it was. I’ve hosted and conducted interviews on an Afghan War related podcast called The Boardwalk (named after the spot in Kandahar) for three years now. I appreciate the support if you did want to buy it, but I hate advertising and selling things so I don’t really care. I write and create things to simply write and create.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      nta What's a good episode of your podcast for new listeners? I've been meaning to learn more about the AfganWar, and your show seems like a good resource for that.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        If you want a good overview of the war on terror, I would start with the S4E4 Dr Bruce Hoffman interview. He has advised at least a couple of presidents and does a great job explaining things. The episode with Bill Roggio of the Long War Journal is pretty good, too.

        I’m a midwit with an interest in Afghan politics and history and have been very fortunate to get some incredible interviews. It is quite boring and can be dry at times, but that is the nature of the beast. There are a lot of cool podcasts with seals and green berets and we wanted to show the war from a different viewpoint just to have a niche.

        I’m just so averse to ads it feels rather dirty to me to even run these on IQfy. I uploaded the epub of this novel to Library Genesis but it isn’t available yet. Our podcast has no ads, either.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Just listened to the Hoffman episode. Very informative, and it was exactly the perspective I was looking for on the war

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Kyle. I'm not here to shit on you mate, but what did you think about his actual war book set in an office "Something happened?"

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I haven't read that one. Would you recommend it? I generally don't get too into stream of consciousness writing. But if you give it a try, I hope you enjoy it. If you don't enjoy it, I appreciate you giving it a try.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      How did you feel about losing
      Also what do you think of Lord Miles
      Would you go back?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Losing was great. It was a great time devoting a few years of my 20s to a hopeless cause. The best part was realizing that everyone knew it was pointless and unwinnable for years, but kept lying to Congress about it.

        Lord Miles has a fun YouTube channel, but can be a bit obnoxious in his delivery at times. I worry that he will end up dead by being an idiot like when he dropped a Russian grenade onto his anime body pillow from about 5 feet away. Thankfully it exploded in that stream and not directly below his feet.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          As a kid who just graduated OSUT you got any wisdom you would like to pass down about being in the military? Also what books about GWOT would you recommended?

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Good luck, man. OSUT so I assume a real military job like infantry or artillery? If you realize that it’s all a game and that the memes about serving the industrial complex are true, you can still do well. Use it to your advantage. Go to every school you can on the government dime and, if you think for a second you can do 20 years, go to OCS ASAP to secure a bigger pension and less enlisted bullshit. Use your GI Bill. Get a VA loan. Don’t get married until you’re out. Don’t take it too seriously and know that no civilian job will even come close to the friendships you will form with your comrades. It’s a racket, but that doesn’t mean you can’t prosper in it.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            I realized I forgot the second part to your question. As far as general GWOT books, I’m not too sure. Definitely recommend “Ghost Wars” and “No Good Men Among the Living” for a great overview of the Afghan side of the war.

            So what was it like working in intel?Everything I've heard from /k/ makes it seem like you just sit around all day in SCIF and play video games to pass the time.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Yeah man. /k/ is right. It’s pretty boring. We couldn’t have video game consoles in a SCIF when I was in. Even the old ones with no internet connectivity. I was fortunate to mostly work on a small ISR aircraft which was less boring due to the ever present terror of knowing how many engine hours were on the planes.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Do you have any advice for becoming an intel analyst and finding careers in the civilian sector?

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            As someone who did a bit of work in the civilian sector, but has left that life, my advice would be to do your military time. Try to get an officer slot and then commission as an intelligence officer. It’s a competitive field, but that’s your best bet. Do a bunch of years there, maybe even a career and you shouldn’t have trouble working in the civilian intelligence sector.

            If you just want to be an Intel analyst, put in your time as a 35 series (or whatever the non-army equivalent is). Maybe do 5-10 years and apply for jobs.

            You have to be squeaky clean. Be able to pass a polygraph. I would recommend having no foreign relatives at all. Don’t have any significant debt. There’s a reason it’s all Mormons.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            I realized I forgot the second part to your question. As far as general GWOT books, I’m not too sure. Definitely recommend “Ghost Wars” and “No Good Men Among the Living” for a great overview of the Afghan side of the war.

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    no sane person gives two shits about F Gardner
    you are a nutcase and that joke stopped being funny like three years ago

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      fricking bless'd and truthful. Frick that guy

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Never heard of this guy or paid attention till now, as I’ve long filtered out IQfy advertisements after the fricking Gardner fiasco. However, with this thread bringing it to my conscious attention, I just decided read the free sample of the e-book available on Amazon and I’m surprised it’s made by a competent and intelligent writer, and even with some well-written jokes in the narration.

    Good job, Kyle.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Thanks, man. I have no pretensions. I am not a great writer. If you liked the jokes in the sample, I think you’d like the chapter on the sexual harassment briefing. Thanks for trying it out.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I’ve been a casual listener of the podcast for a while and read the book. It’s a pretty solid read. Kyle has a unique voice that feels like that sometimes over the line group chat you’re in with old friends from back home.

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