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Patrick L. Zeigler Jr.’s “Both Ends of the Barrel” Will Be Displayed at the 2023 Printers Row Lit Fest

A survivor of the Fort Hood terrorist massacre recounts his experience of the event that almost took his life.

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“For those interested in an insider’s view of the military in Iraq, Patrick Zeigler’s nitty-gritty account takes us first-hand to the hellish arena of ground combat in enemy territory.” – Carin Handsun, Amazon Customer

Patrick L. Zeigler Jr.’s “Both Ends of the Barrel: From the Troop Surge to Fort Hood; A Dozen Years in the Global War” will be displayed by the self-publishing and book marketing company ReadersMagnet at the Printers Row Lit Fest 2023. The book fair and literary festival will take place at Printers Row Park in South Loop, Chicago, Illinois, on September 9-10, 2023.

Organized and hosted by the non-profit Near South Planning Board (NSPB), the annual Printers Row Lit Fest is the largest outdoor literary festival in the Midwest. More than 100,000 visitors are expected to attend the two-day book fair and literary festival. The book event features book exhibits, book signings, panel discussions, staged readings, and various other programs for adults, young adults, and children.

“Both Ends of the Barrel” recounts the author’s experiences during the 2009 Fort Hood terrorist massacre. One of the soldiers on duty turned his back on his troop and shot everyone in sight. The book narrates how everything went from the perspective of the staff sergeant, who would eventually become the most critically injured survivor of the mass shooting.

The author’s goal is to dedicate his life to helping others overcome their PTSD from traumatic experiences. The book also aims to memorialize the 13 victims/comrades who perished during the shooting.

Get a copy of Patrick L. Zeigler Jr.’s “Both Ends of the Barrel: From the Troop Surge to Fort Hood; A Dozen Years in the Global War” in paperback or Kindle on Amazon. Learn more about the author, his book, and his journey to recovery at

“Both Ends of the Barrel: From the Troop Surge to Fort Hood; A Dozen Years in the Global War”
Author| Patrick L. Zeigler Jr.
Genre| Memoir, Non-fiction
Publisher| Independently Published
Published Date| October 27, 2022

Author’s Biography

Patrick L. Zeigler, Jr. was born May 31, 1981 in Jacksonville, FL. Both of his parents were active-duty Navy personnel. After the death of his mother in 1986, he was raised in North and Central Florida with his father and sister. He graduated with a B.S. in International Affairs from Florida State University in 2004. In March 2005, he enlisted as a Cavalry Scout in the U.S. Army.

In October 2006, he participated in the Troop Surge in Iraq. After being selected for Officers Candidate School on November 5, 2009, he was shot four times during the Fort Hood Massacre. Along with thirty-two others, he survived and spent the next ten years recovering from the gunshot wound to his right temple. He is permanently handicapped and currently lives in Daytona Beach Shores, FL.

He continues to recover and enjoys spending time with his 10-year-old son, Liam Patrick Zeigler.

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