The Lords of Discipline

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Bantam Books, 1987 - Fiction - 498 pages
475 Reviews
A novel you will never forget...

This powerful and breathtaking novel is the story of four cadets who have become bloodbrothers. Together they will encounter the hell of hazing and the rabid, raunchy and dangerously secretive atmosphere of an arrogant and proud military institute. They will experience the violence. The passion. The rage. The friendship. The loyalty. The betrayal. Together, they will brace themselves for the brutal transition to manhood... and one will not survive.

With all the dramatic brilliance he brought to "The Great Santini," Pat Conroy sweeps you into the turbulent world of these four friends -- and draws you deep into the heart of his rebellious hero, Will McLean, an outsider forging his personal code of honor, who falls in love with a whimsical beauty... and who undergoes a transition more remarkable then he ever imagined possible.

"Gripping, grueling... superb." -- "Playboy"

"A work of enormous power, passion, humor, and wisdom. It sweeps the reader along on a great tide of honest, throbbing emotion. It is the work of a writer with a large, brave heart." -- Jonathan Yardley, "Washington Star"

"God preserve Pat Conroy." -- "Boston Globe"

"Seldom have I encountered an author who puts words together so well -- reading Conroy is like watching Michelangelo paint the Sistine Chapel." -- Sam Fletcher, "Houston Post"


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Awesome. Great storytelling. - Goodreads
Great story but hard to read. - Goodreads
Great story, wonderful writing. - Goodreads
Brilliant ending to a great book. - Goodreads
The cadets' insults and banter ring especially true. - Goodreads
Written in Conroy's trademark poetic prose. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Justin Mares - Goodreads

I love Pat Conroy's writing, and this was one of my favorites of his. Fantastic story about brotherhood with a good bit of suspense thrown in. Conroy is a masterful writer. Read full review

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User Review  - John Lombardo - Goodreads

Started listening to this yesterday (8/6/2014)and I am liking it a lot. Pat Conroy is an amazing writer and the reader is wonderful. This is shaping up as an unforgettable listen. Really liking it ... Read full review



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About the author (1987)

Pat Conroy is the bestselling author of The Water is Wide, The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline, The Prince of Tides, Beach Music, and My Losing Season. He lives in Fripp Island, South Carolina.

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