Called to Arms Again

Called to Arms Again

by J.L. Salter


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Grit doesn't fade away ... it just becomes crusty. With harrowing elements right out of today's headlines, this story reaches back into the sturdy heartbeat of people raised during the Depression and tested during World War II. Though the old uniforms haven't fit in many dec-ades, their resilient spirits still have that same intensity which helped save democracy.

Needing only a fresh angle to write her Veteran's Day special, Kelly discovers first-hand that the Greatest Generation still has enough grit to fight back. While all the authorities are oc-cupied during a massive Homeland Security drill, an urban gang of thieves targets an isolated retirement subdivision ... figuring the crippled geriatrics would offer no resistance.
Though Kelly's widowed boyfriend came along only for a post-funeral luncheon, Mitch soon finds himself leading a mis-matched flanking team. Kelly's good friend Wade has his own assignment, with a home-made mortar and lots of illegal gunpowder.
Maybe it's difficult to remember everyday things like taking pills, but these octogenari-ans have never forgotten it was up to them to defend family, home, and community. The out-come of their courageous stand depends on the resolve and resourcefulness of an unlikely en-semble of eccentric elderly neighbors, several American Legion members, and others spanning four generations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492993476
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/29/2013
Pages: 436
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.97(d)

About the Author

I've been a writer since my first poems and stories during elementary school days.

* published novels (with Astraea Press) - "Rescued By That New Guy in Town" (Oct. 2012) and "The Overnighter's Secrets" (May 2012)
* co-author of two non-fiction monographs (about librarianship) with a royalty publisher, plus a signed chapter in another book and a signed article in a specialty encyclopedia
* have published articles, book reviews, and over 120 poems
* my writing has won nearly 40 awards, including several in national contests
* as a newspaper photo-journalist, published about 150 bylined newspaper articles, and some 100 bylined photos
* decorated veteran of U.S. Air Force (including a remote tour of duty in the Arctic ... at Thule AB in N.W. Greenland)
* worked nearly 30 years in the field of librarianship
* married parent of two and grandparent of six

Romantic comedy and romantic suspense are among seven completed novel manuscripts.

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Called To Arms Again 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wasn't sure I would like this as I'm not a war story person BUT it doesn't fully fit that category. This story is a character driven, action, tip of the hat to the people born in the 1920's through 1940's, weaving together love, devotion, dedication, renewal, personal growth and self-discovery into a book filled with fun and ingenuity. J.L. Salter created another grouping of characters whose lives I cared about, cheered for and loved. I didn't want to put it down but I was reading it during Christmas week and people iust kept interrupting me. This book almost had me want to ignore them. My suggestion would be to read this when you have time to really enjoy it. Great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This outstanding book is a very fresh and original tribute to “the Greatest Generation,” the one which survived the Great Depression  and won World War II.  Seventy years ago they defeated the totalitarian aggressors of the Axis Powers and preserved our freedom  and democracy.  This fictionalized book asks and answers the amazing question, could the survivors of that generation, now with  creaky limbs and using canes or wheel-chairs, rise to a related challenge now?  Would the younger generations stand beside them  and fight for their rights against a band of criminals and thugs? It seems a small neighborhood that caters to senior citizens is one of many in a sparsely populated Kentucky county that will be cut off  from outside contact for a few hours due to a widespread civil defense drill.  Knowing that, a pack of young criminals picks exactly that time to invade the neighborhood and rob all their homes.  The gang leader feels confident that the old fogeys will just run away or hide  and offer no resistance.  He sees an easy path to an instant fortune. But the old war vets still have their memories, their pride, a few of their weapons…and some real grit.  All these years they have  remained friends in the American Legion and performed together as a uniformed Honor Guard on ceremonial occasions.  Pete, the  crusty old combat sergeant from the Battle of the Bulge, still knows how to organize the troops, develop and communicate strategy,  and to boost morale.  Ellie, the retired nurse, can still stop bleeding and bind wounds and—when the situation calls for it—wield a mean  Louisville Slugger.  Will the younger generations in the neighborhood, including a few vets from Vietnam and the Gulf wars, bond with  their elders and provide the physical strength and stamina for the group to mount an effective resistance? This story is a marvelous work of art.  It will make you cheer, laugh, and maybe cry…sometimes all at once.  It is riveting and absorbing,  placing the reader right in the thick of the action, making him wonder what he would do if everything he knew and cared about was  under sudden assault.  You could go to any bookstore and find a thousand romance or mystery or adventure books, but I don’t know  of another one like this.  Do yourself a favor and don’t miss this unique and very special book.