TIMOTHY GEORGE SEGREST
Dedicated to other veterans and their families
ABOUT THE BOOK
“I have given much thought into what this book is about, but have failed to come up with an answer that I, personally, find fitting. Poetry, in itself, is an expression of how people feel or see a related topic or thought, which is usually never exactly like how another might view the same situation. I started these poems when I was going through a hard time in my life, both within the military and personally. The orders I was forced to carry out in the service didn’t help either. So, there are other than just war poems in this book. I guess this book is about something and nothing at the same time. It’s about all of us and how we see different phases in our lives. I merely have chosen to write about them, hoping I could help others along the way in some manner. After all, it did help me.
I have dove deeper in this book to explore topics outside the combat zone. Topics assigned to me in college classes, as well as everyday life. I did this because we are not in combat anymore. Everyday problems blend into our past world, an avoidable part of living in society. But, through the same self-healing methodology, I feel you can tackle them as well. But then again, like I already said, you must want to.”
REFLECTIONS OF PTSD with my Perfect Flaws
In my first book, Perfect Flaws, I wrote that the book was about nothing and something at the same time. However, in the past year or so, I have arrived at a different conclusion. I have seen many horrid things as a sniper in a Special Forces unit. The details are irrelevant here, there are some in the pages inside. I can honestly say that this book is about how a person, such as I, deals with PTSD and its expressive turmoil it plays inside our minds. It is, in my opinion, incurable and the phrase, “get over it,” should never be in the same conversation. I am not promoting poetry as the only means of self-healing. I am, more importantly, trying to encourage other veterans to do something to aide in healing themselves. It’s hard work but one cannot rely on medications and outside influences to heal them. Just in combat, much of the time, you can only rely on yourself. You must want to live.
I have dove deeper in this book to explore topics outside the combat zone. Topics assigned to me in college classes, as well as everyday life. I did this because we are not in combat anymore. Everyday problems blend into our past world, an avoidable part of living in society. But, through the same self-healing methodology, I feel you can tackle them as well. But then again, like I already said, you must want to.
Fatigue and the PTSD Mind
Trained in Hell, Living in Heaven
I guess the reason of this book is very much like the reason for my poetry books that I’ve published. It is an attempt to let society know about some of the things veterans deal with after being willingly forced to kill to protect out freedom, so they say. I also hope that our returning soldiers will be accepted and taken care of, despite misunderstood, harmless actions. I say that because I don’t condone harming anyone. It’s true that not all of them have seen combat, however, I’m sure they have seen more than they desire. In addition, more than the average non-military citizen has seen.
Let me make something clear. My story is not a biography; however, it does hold some truths about me. I was a sniper, but I can t go any farther than that. This story is how I came to be a Special Forces sniper, and events in my childhood that led me to it. Actually, I feel I had no choice in the matter. My journey’s final leg takes you to the last moments in my life, and, with the help of my understanding wife, beyond as well.
Whistling in Chicago, The Birth
Jim Talbert lives on the seedy side of Chicago, working at Mr. Wallace’s butcher shop. Jim sees Mr. Wallace as an honorable man who not only is his boss but also a friend. After the brutal murder of Mr. Wallace, Jim feels the need to avenge his death. He identifies the responsible gang and with surgical-like precision, plans the downfall of the people responsible. Old friends, as well as new, intertwined with each other, provide unsolicited support to his cause. The climax is explosive and leads to the beginning of “The Creation” Timothy’s sequel to “The Birth”
Whistling in Chicago, Creation
In this sequel to Jim Talbert’s Whistling in Chicago, “The Birth” Jim holds up his end of the bargain with Detective Kasey, ridding Chicago of the railway gangs controlling power. His revenge for Mr. Wallace may be over, but the real fight has just begun. A willing neighborhood watch group trained by Jim, Snowman and Viper, attempt to combat the infiltration of rival gangs into the now open territory, resulting in havoc and death. Despite knowing they are outgunned and outmanned, they execute a strategy to triumph in a seemingly impossible war. The climax is full of surprises and unforeseen consequences.
Nightmares of War, Enduring PTSD Vol 1-4
Poetry based on a Veteran living with PTSD.
Random Echoes of a PTSD Mind
This book is the second of three of focusing on my short stories my mind has created while suffering from PTSD. The topics and themes are a random assortment which is typical of a person with PTSD. Our minds seem to always be working overtime and this constant bombardment of ideas generate a large variety of themes we write about. Some are series while others are taking a simple idea and looking at it in a totally different way. Personally, I like to write about my dreams I remember because they are normally very entertaining.
Snakes Short Stories
This book are a collection of some of my short stories, but not all. They are a part of my PTSD coping skills so they vary greatly on both content and topic. some are bizarre while others are quite simple. You see, when you have PTSD, your mind never seems to stop, so many off-the-wall ideas come out, so I have decided to write them down. Some are are mere two pages long, while others are more than forty pages. I also decided to add some letters I wrote. They deal with governmental issues and letters to the other side of life, which I mean the dead. Some have told me they are very powerful and eerie as well, but that is for you to decide. I hope you appreciate them and get enjoyment from them. I also hope they make you think. You will know what I mean when you read them. They are both fiction and nonfiction, mostly because I don’t have any idea how else to label them.
Snake Riddles Poetry Enduring PTSD, Vol 1-11
This book is a combination of poetry/short stories dealing with PTSD and their symptoms.
The stories are fiction and the poetry is war related.