Memorable fiction may be different things to different people, but one thing that can make any book striking is the writer's ability to connect with his reader on an emotional level. Because of this, stories which take place during times of war are often some of the most extraordinary and unforgettable. Characters in war stories are faced with extreme circumstances, cruel challenges, staggering odds. Settings are exotic, dangerous, harsh. Plots contain nail-biting tension, evil, heartbreak. Sometimes there is a happy ending, sometimes not, and a talented writer keeps his readers in suspense, just as war's outcomes are unpredictable until the last battle.