In His Stead: A Father's War

In His Stead: A Father's War

by Judith Sanders


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In His Stead: A Father's War by Judith Sanders

The cause of war may have changed since America’s conception but the loss of a child remains unbearable. In His Stead, A Father’s War is a tale of redemption and the power of a father’s love.

Retired Army Ranger Thomas Lane once burned for the taste of gunpowder and the thrill of the battle. But as he struggles to cope with his own PTSD and the death of his eldest son, killed by an IED in Afghanistan, Lane learns that the beast called war demands more.

Now the National Guard is calling on Lane’s youngest son to serve. Consumed with sorrow, Lane knows he will do anything to save his child—even if it means going in his place, a pursuit unheard of since the Civil War when slaves were sent in place of their masters.

This is the tale of Thomas’ internal and external conflict as he battle the United States Army, its JAG corps, a vengeful officer, the very son he is desperate to save, and his own wife, who has the Solomon like choice to risk her husband or another son. Filled with both tense action and heartbreaking tenderness, In His Stead captures the essence of family life in wartime—the good, the bad, and the hopeful—as it exposes what it means to be a father and a man.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938573835
Publisher: Iron Word Press LLC
Publication date: 11/28/2012
Pages: 325
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Judith was born and raised in a small rural town in New Jersey. She married young, had a family, became a single mom and then pursued a career as a nurse working in hospitals and with the US military as a civilian nurse. Judith later remarried, has 3 children and 4 grandchildren, and she and her husband divide their time between homes in North Carolina and New Hampshire.
Judith is an avid reader of fiction. Inspired by her natural story telling, a passion for characters, events around the first Gulf War involving her husband’s military service in Iraq, she turned to the right side of her brain to begin her writing career with her first novel, Crescent Veil, a reality fiction novel about a terrorist band that finds the missing WMDs from Iraq and a team of former weapons inspectors who hunt down the terrorists. With her second novel, In His Stead (A Father’s War) she honors the memories of those fallen in war and looks to a path for peace.

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In His Stead: A Father's War 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
gullagej More than 1 year ago
A great, heartwarming story that kept me riveted until the unexpected and non-traditional ending.   The author does an awesome job telling this spellbinding story that is a departure from every day military novels. The book will make you think and touch your heart.  An excellent and very worthwhile reading adventure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unbelievable how powerful this story was presented. Took you through all the emotions and wrenched at your heart. I'm so glad I chose this book and supported a neighbor from Leland,NC.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! Read it in 2 1/2 days. Really put in perspective the love of a parent for their children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A unique & powerful story. Couldn't put it down. The scenes are so vivid & the characters so human I was living every page, feeling every victory, every loss, every emotion. The author gives us heroes & hope. Bravo.
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
This is a very emotional and hard hitting novel.  It’s also very personal, drawing you right into the lives of the characters that you come to know intimately.  Sanders develops the setting and storyline of this novel in a very natural manner.  At the same time, it is very hard hitting and emotionally significant.  Everything is vivid yet still real, rather than larger than life.  Once I got into this story I couldn’t put it down.  This was also a very emotional and cathartic read.  Sanders definitely left me in tears at the end.   I really enjoyed getting to know the main character in this novel.  Not only does he wrestle with issues that impact him and his family as a whole, he also wrestles with deficiencies he finds within himself, trying to become what he deems as a better person.  It is a very emotional thing for both him and the reader.   This definitely isn’t a light read.  It’s a hard hitting, emotional novel with an impact that’s going to stay with me for the long haul.  Please note that I won this book through Goodreads First Reads program.
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