What Readers Had to Say




I very much appreciate the readers who have contacted me to say how much they enjoyed the book. Some of the comments are below:

Congratulations Your book stands as a testimony for all the told and untold stories of our time. We contributed more than the Canadian people know…more of that story needs to be shared.

I was there yet you still took me back into the life of the sailor in the sixties. An easy read, not too technical, it explained things in a way to help non-service people understand.

I remember the days so well, homesick, seasick, dear john letters, all the hangovers and the waking up after wishing it would all go away.

Found the book very interesting from a sailor’s point of view. It was a pleasant and interesting read.

Seems like only yesterday. So young and full of piss and vinegar

As one sailor to another thanks for writing about your time in the Navy. I did 27 years and don't regret a minute of it - well maybe one or two.

Best savoured with a drink of rum

Read mine in three days. I had to force myself to put it down.

Read mine in a week-long. I like your story telling style which makes it so easy to read.

Having served alongside of you, I can actually remember some of those incidents. Well done Gord

I am now waiting for the sequel, I am certain you have plenty more stories up that sleeve without the good conduct badge.

...the least I can do is get the book since you took a pierhead jump for me in 69.


Not bad writing for a kid from Grand-mère!!! Loved it. I was on watch on the Saguenay when the Kootenay blew up, it was 50 years ago or so, Thanks Gordon for the reading

a very engrossing read

You have a remarkable memory - either that or you are very good at making things up. Everybody wants this book.


Just finished No Badge Killick and thoroughly enjoyed it. Gord has a clean, clear way of writing that brings the incidents to life with clear understanding. Good use of humor, drama, and just enough technical to allow one to see the events, this book will entertain those with military experience as well as give civilians a glimpse as to what it takes to commit yourself to your country. Gord, thanks for your service and thanks for your book.  

Your book is a very good read, My heart is in my mouth as I turn every page! Thanks for the memories

Your 1st chapter on joining reads exactly like my experience of joining.I was from Montreal and also joined at "Donnacona".

Glad there is finally a book about lower deck life in the RCN - well done - greatly appreciated.


Bravo Zulu for all of your unselfish time and effort to produce this great book!


Just finished No Badge Killick and thoroughly enjoyed it. Gord has a clean, clear way of writing that brings the incidents to life with clear understanding. Good use of humor, drama, and just enough technical to allow one to see the events, this book will entertain those with military experience as well as give civilians a glimpse as to what it takes to commit yourself to your country.

Just finished the book ....fantastic! I can relate to pretty much everything in it , right down to getting out because the future of the "new ^%$%^ Navy"

Your description of Navy life in the time of the Cadillacs sure brought back memories for me. You have quite a nice writing style.



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