Monday, April 30, 2018

Life During Wartime by Katie Rogin

Surviving during a war doesn't make life easier.  You come home injured, either in body or mind, and have to set about trying to be normal.  There is no normal in war...

Mastodon Publishing sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published May 15th.

Jim is still trying to come to terms with 9-11 and the loss of his brother.  They never even found anything to bury.  He's existing but he doesn't have any enjoyment in life anymore.  Then his sister-in-law calls and tells him Ryan's daughter is missing.  She just came back from Iraq and she has PSTD also.  

He begins by checking where she lived and talking to her friends.  Everyone in the group has disabilities of some sort.  The counselor keeps them all talking and moving on in life but they are all wounded.  They're willing to help look for her but no one is having any luck finding her.

This is a good look at what comes home with you from being in a war and killing the enemy.  You're mentally scarred and you've changed as a person.  Many times the veterans don't last long.  Suicide is less painful than being alive.  The vet's hospitals do what they can to fix the bones but they need more mental health facilities.  They laid their lives on the line for us.  They deserve better treatment when they return home.

The story is very realistic and pretty sad.  I was hoping for a positive outcome but it was not be.  Sometimes life is like that.

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