Full of Heart: My Story of Survival, Strength, and Spirit

J R Martinez, Author, Alexandra Fleming, Author
J.R. Martinez with Alexandra Rockey Fleming . Hyperion, $23.99 hardcover (256p) ISBN 978-1-4013-2474-2
Reviewed on: 11/19/2012
Release date: 10/01/2012
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TV star Martinez's heartwarming memoir tells of his transformation from cocky, underprivileged kid to wounded soldier to household name. As a wet-behind-the-ears soldier in Iraq in 2003, he drove his Humvee over an anti-tank mine. In the blast, he writes, "My uniform had melted into my skin…. Parts of my swollen face were scorched black." He describes the long painful journey back to health, including plastic surgery for his disfigured face. And in 2007, "the world of make-believe [came] calling"—All My Children looking for an Iraqi war vet.  Recently, he has become a father with a renewed sense of purpose. Part luck and part destiny, Martinez's story of triumph over tragedy is related with humility, humor, and love. Part of Martinez's appeal is that he doesn't take his fame and success for granted. Readers will find it impossible not to love him, with some grateful reflections on their own lives in between. 16 pages of b&w photos. Agent: Robert Guinsley, Sterling Lord Literistic. (Oct.)
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