Remnants of Light

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Two soldiers-Kevin, a fervent optimist, and Mark, a cynical pseudo-philosopher-form an unlikely friendship in Iraq. Time as POWs tests their mutual instincts for survival, but only one man comes home. Maimed physically and emotionally, he is discharged under Don't Ask, Don't Tell and makes an unstable return to civilian life. The aftermath of their captivity exposes tragic secrets intertwined with American politics, Christian faith, and the struggle for gay rights. Remnants of Light uses the debate and repeal of ...
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Remnants of Light

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Overview

Two soldiers-Kevin, a fervent optimist, and Mark, a cynical pseudo-philosopher-form an unlikely friendship in Iraq. Time as POWs tests their mutual instincts for survival, but only one man comes home. Maimed physically and emotionally, he is discharged under Don't Ask, Don't Tell and makes an unstable return to civilian life. The aftermath of their captivity exposes tragic secrets intertwined with American politics, Christian faith, and the struggle for gay rights. Remnants of Light uses the debate and repeal of the DADT policy to clarify the moral, ethical, and emotional quandaries of modern America.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781501097256
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Yost was honorably discharged from the US Air Force in February 2001, after serving in Operation Southern Watch in Kuwait. He left the Christian church during his military service and came out as a gay man in 2003. He is currently the spokesperson for OUT Armed Forces, a nonprofit asking LGBT active-duty and veterans to come out to help military personnel successfully and safely serve openly in the US Armed Forces. He holds a Master's degree in Humanities (Literature/Philosophy) and a Bachelor's in English Literature from the University of Colorado at Denver. He lives in Colorado with his partner, Dave, his cat, and his tarantula.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2011

    For your Head and your Heart

    I feel this book should be read by everyone in America. I didn't truly understand the don't ask, don't tell until I read this amazing book. This book allows you to experience the war and coming back from the war from a perspective that is true to the those living it. The way these AMERICAN heroes have been treated reminds me of growing up in the south with racial prejudice. It made me stop and think as never before. How can we expect our children to stop bullying in schools and neighborhoods when the leaders are setting a bad example for them. The law has been changed, but have the hearts? A must read for those who truly want to learn something. You will cringe, laugh, cry and care deeply for these people. I couldn't put it down. Pray for America.

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  • Posted August 30, 2011

    Wow! Really powerful book!

    This is a great fictional account of the very real tragedies behind the DADT policy. The central conflict between the gay rights movement and the religious right (exemplified through the DADT repeal) is vicious and polarized, as it is in the current US political climate. While the characters aren't always lovable, they are genuine and visceral. (I never thought I could have a crush on another angry, drunken misanthrope-or a gay man-but here I am, half in love with Mark Bradford.) The malevolent characters and their motivations are extremely well painted, but the characters that change over the course of the book, Erin in particular, really show how small changes in perception make huge changes personally and societally. Gay or straight, Christian or not, this is a book with huge scope for intense discussions. I'm recommending it to my book club this afternoon!

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