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.
In observance of Veterans Day, we acknowledge the sacrifices of men and women who have bravely served our country in the military. Veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan are especially deserving of our thanks and support at this time. These individuals not only put their lives on the line, but oftentimes completed more deployments, for longer periods of time, than their predecessors. Upon returning to the U.S., they are faced with few job opportunities, homelessness, scarce resources, and suffer post traumatic stress.
Veterans will tell you that unless you've been on the front lines yourself, it's hard to imagine the horror of war and the level of fortitude combat requires. It's important for them to know how grateful we are. To all our veterans, sincere thanks!
"Courage is fear holding on a minute longer." ~George S. Patton
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