Sergeant, a squad leader, goes to war. He is full of doubt and curiosity. What will it be like? Before his first day ends, he knows. It is not what he expected. In a background of combat action, events unfold in such a way as to force him to choose between his values and the depravity of war. He makes the only choice possible and it pits him against his superior officers.
He wins the respect of his comrades and the fear of his superiors. He is court marshaled, reduced in rank, removed from leadership of his squad, only to be reinstated later. His battle is a fight between good and evil: between idealism and depravity. In a war which can neither be won nor lost, he is almost consumed by fear, but has a strange dream that arms him with a power he has not anticipated. As he tends toward becoming a killer, he loses all fear of death. In the end, he is forced by his own values to resist the military authority. And those in authority are forced to cover up an American war crime. Now, after fifty years of silence, the Author tells his story. This is war up close.
Why do combat soldiers sometimes never talk? A war story is more than the taking of a hill or a bridge where some survive and others don't, and at the end, the lucky guys go home. Sometimes, war takes the good guys so far from home they can't find their way back. This is a such a story. It is high adventure, filled with desperate scenes of combat, with the real story laced like fine silk thread tying the whole thing together. The Author has carried this story in his heart and mind for almost fifty years. Now, the time has come to tell it. Powerful events deserve a book which lives beyond the life span of the participants. The Author strives mightily with the task.
|Publisher:||Anderson, M Publishing Company|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)|