From page 136 of The Stainless Steel Rat Goes to Hell (1996) by Harry Harrison
It was a lovely night. With their salamis at slope arms and in perfect step, the marines charged straight into Hell behind Sybil. My family followed.
Doesn't that paragraph make you want to keep reading to find out what the heck is going on?
BTW, this is a literal description of what was happening in this SF novel. Not an allegory. not a metaphor. Not a dream or a hallucination. My admitration for Harrison's work continues to grow.