The Embattled Road

The Embattled Road

by J.M. Madden

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In the harrowing prequel to The Lost and Found Series, three embattled Marines must deal with their devastating physical and emotional injuries in a world that seems to have turned against them.
When the rescue helicopter crashes into his convoy in Iraq, Marine First Sergeant Duncan Wilde struggles with the loss of men, his career and the use of his body. Things can't get much worse. Until his fiancée decides she has to move on with her life, and that of her unborn child by another man.
Sergeant Chad Lowell knew when he went to war that it would come with a price. And it did. A young Marine under his command is killed by a landmine. Chad's left with one less leg and a mountain of recriminations. That doesn't mean he wants to be a pitied by every female he comes in contact with.
Gunnery Sergeant John Palmer is furious at the hand he's been dealt. He's served his country faithfully, if not without antagonism, for many years. Now they're turning him out like a relative who has overstayed his welcome. And, since he's not even a real man anymore, maybe it is time to move on permanently.
Can these wounded warriors use a friendship borne out of adversity to form a partnership rescuing others? And can they find real love in spite of their challenges?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940044400665
Publisher: J.M. Madden
Publication date: 12/04/2012
Series: J. M. Madden's Lost and Found Series
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 52,044
File size: 137 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Terminally addicted to romances, thanks to finding her aunt’s stash of ‘Harlequin Presents’ years ago during a sleepover, J.M. Madden loves any and all good love stories. Most particularly her own. She has two beautiful children and a husband who always keeps her on her toes. J.M. was a Deputy Sheriff in Ohio for nine years, until hubby moved the clan to Kentucky. When not chasing the family around, she’s at the computer, reading and writing, trying to perfect her craft. She occasionally takes breaks to feed her animal horde, and is trying to control her office-supply addiction, but both tasks are uphill battles. Happily, she is unemployed right now, so it’s given her a chance to seriously jump into writing full-time. She has several projects in the works and loves to hear from readers.

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The Embattled Road 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
AMR0406 More than 1 year ago
A couple of friends recommended J.M. Madden's Lost and Found Series to me and let me tell you, I am so looking forward to this series. The Embattled Road is the prequel to the series and centers around Marines Duncan, John and Chad, and how they were injured in battle and their immediate recovery. It also sets up the rest of the series by showing how the three of them come back together at the end. These three heroes each have physical and emotional challenges any Marine would have given the situation they lived through. It was very interesting watching them go through their hospital stay post injury and the road they each took from there.We don't normally get to see the gritty stuff like this in typical romance books so the truth and rawness of these stories pulls you in and really has you falling for these guys and cheering for them. The character development was well done and I really enjoyed getting each of their points of view. The thoughts and emotions of each of the men seem typical of what you would expect from their situation.Throughout the story, I felt heartache for Duncan, John and Chad, but also was able to laugh and cheer them on at times. The fact that there was so much emotion in one novella, I so can't wait to dive into the full length stories next. If you like military romance (even though there is no romance in this novella), I recommend you give The Embattled Road a try!
ABrantley More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. While it wasn't a book I would normally pick up, I'm so glad I read it. It was fast-paced and I finished it in one afternoon. The only reason I can't give it 5 stars is that it didn't really have any romance. I know that the romance comes later in the series, but I would have liked to have seen some romance in this book. Regardless, I enjoyed this story immensely and would love to read the other books in the series. J.M. Madden has created characters that I have quickly fallen in love with and can't wait to read more about them. This book does an amazing job at developing the characters and their background. I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this as much as all your other books. I'm also so PROUD to see what a wonderful thing you are doing with the proceeds of this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The prequel by J.M. Madden is; technically a Romance, as it sets the scene up for the Wounded Warriors coming down the road. But I think, more importantly; it gives civilians, like myself, a very tiny glimpes into the lives of the Soldiers who volunteer to protect our lives, families, and freedom. It allows you to see both the visible and invisible scars they carry for us and how we ignore those scars and them. Enough soapbox despite it being true. Ms. Madden's writing is clear and easy to read. Plot moves along well and the characters are believable. I have already completed the next book in the series and enjoyed it immencely. In fact, I've had problems putting them down. Starting on the third as I finish this Review and Post. One other thing. Ms. Madden has arrange for a Lend Me feature for this book. But please be aware that some proceeds for the purchase of the book go to the Wounded Warriors Fund to further serve our returning troops.
iacuttergirl More than 1 year ago
John, Duncan, and Chad, wow. What a great prequel for this series. Madden did a great job of getting inside these Marine's heads, details in how they think and talk were spot on. She was especially good bringing out what wounded/disabled Vets experience. Ready to dive right into Embattled Hearts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great beginning to a really great series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great start to the series. Provided good background on John, Duncan, and Chad and showed how they each persevered through their injuries to find hope for the future. Enjoyed the story. Would recommend. Off to read Embattled Hearts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Action, love, drama, strength all in a book that also has a real purpose. You will not regret this read or purchase. Love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good Series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful intro to what i am sure will be a great series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent start! I laughed and cried with these men. Off to read more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looking forward to the nrxt step.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
J. M MADDEN is a wonderful writer! She is without a doubt the greatest modified Military romance writer in the country. Buy her books and consider yourselves extremely lucky!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommend to those who love military romances
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book and liked the characters which were well-developed although the language was a little too crude for me. As a physical therapist, I can empathize with the heartbreak and struggle that occurs with overcoming debilitating injuries as well as the joy and new life that can come through the process.
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sharon1JT More than 1 year ago
Fabulous introduction to this most excellent series and the main men involved in it.
mybookfriends More than 1 year ago
In the military, your squad becomes your family. Returning to civilian life requires a family to readjust. Sometimes your military buddies are part of that therapy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent start to this series! Gives us great background information on all three main characters, Duncan, John and Chad and how they got together to start their amazing agency Lost and Found. It was sad to see how three courageous men were brought down by their war injuries, but by staying positive and maintaining their friendships and Marine brotherhood they moved forward and put their amazing skills to use in helping the public. SR
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a must read. It will tug at your heart and then have you laughing, you can't help but fall for these guys. I already read John's story and I can't wait to read the rest of the series!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
must read, prequel to Lost and Found Series ( Embattled Hearts and Embattled Minds) only 160 pages but chronicles the beginning of friendship among the 3 men in the series.