Left for dead behind enemy lines in the early days of the war in Afghanistan, Special Forces Team Leader Sergeant Ryan’s life is saved by a young girl, Mysha, and her father and brother. Taken to their farm, and hidden, he slowly recovers, while his friend PFC Murphy is moving heaven and earth to try and mount a rescue. Months pass, and Ryan forms affections for the young Afghani girl, who speaks English because her mother was part British and was a teacher before the Taliban came. Deep wounds, both physical and psychological, cause Ryan great hardships as he is again badly injured during the rescue mission, and subsequently sent for psychological evaluation and rehab because of suspected severe PTSD. Not knowing what happened to the girl causes him great anguish. Suffering with guilt he tries to return back to Afghanistan, but is denied combat deployment because of his condition and instability. While trying to recover on a rehabilitation farm, he is recruited by a Black Ops team, and through them is finally able to return to Afghanistan just before the NATO mission there is ended. Once there, he finds the truth. Of life, love, war, death, and redemption.
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Riveting, Exciting, Warm and Human story of Action, Adventure and Love This is a human story of a soldier struggling with his life, deployments, post-traumatic-stress-disorder, and love. He is a human man, flawed, imperfect, but dedicated and honest. As a soldier, he knows the world of war, and he's good at it. As a man, he falls in love, but that love is not fulfilled. He struggles with the loss of that love, and with his own self. With the loss of his men in combat, and the heroism of his friends. He himself is a hero, but he does not see himself as such. To him others are why he does what he does - for them. Not for him. In this book a story of a human being unfolds through conflict, loss, sadness, heroism, war, love, and redemption. In the end, the main character, Ryan, does find that redemption. He finds the kind of love that no tough man would have ever thought possible. It's a gripping story of great action, sometimes funny, sometimes sad, but always true to that man's life, and the reason for it - which he discovers for himself in the end. Even tough soldiers are human. They can love, hope, dream, and cry. It's a great book.