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Patrick L. Zeigler Jr.’s “Both Ends of the Barrel” Was Exhibited by ReadersMagnet at the 2023 Printers Row Lit Fest

A survivor of the 2009 Fort Hood Massacre recounts his first-person experience of the historic tragedy.

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“Patrick’s book is a story of faith, determination, and inspiration to all who think they’ve got it tough.” – Carin Handsun, Amazon Customer

Veteran Patrick Zeigler Jr.’s book “Both Ends of the Barrel: From the Troop Surge to Fort Hood A Dozen Years in the Global War” was exhibited by the self-publishing and book marketing company ReadersMagnet at the 2023 Printers Row Lit Fest. The book fair and outdoor literary festival ran from September 9 to 10, 2023, at Printers Row Park, South Loop, Chicago, Illinois.

“Both Ends of the Barrel” is a military memoir that recounts the life of war veteran Patrick Zeigler Jr. in a historic tragedy that shook everyone in 2009. The book covers Zeigler’s point-of-view of the Fort Hood shooting when a U.S. Army major and psychiatrist terrorized and massacred his colleagues inside their own base.

As a massacre survivor, writing this book is one of Zeigler’s ways to recover from the tragedy. He was the most critically wounded survivor of the shooting. He was shot four times, including a direct blow to the head.

“Both Ends of the Barrel” is also Zeigler’s way of memorializing the victims who perished at Fort Hood. It is painful to visit the past that scarred him for life, but he considers this as an opportunity to lay the memories to rest. His goal is to dedicate his life to helping others overcome their PTSD from traumatic experiences. This book is the tool that will help him accomplish that task. If the story empowers just one person to overcome challenges and live a better life, then he has accomplished his mission.

Get a copy of “Both Ends of the Barrel: From the Troop Surge to Fort Hood A Dozen Years in the Global War” by Patrick L. Zeigler Jr. on Amazon. Check out the author 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.
Published Date: October 27, 2022
Publisher: Independently Published
Genre: Memoir, Non-fiction

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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