Book: In His Stead (A Father's War) by Judith Sanderscategories: Book, Afghanistan, Family, Father, Love, Sacrifice, Son, War, Military Fiction
Judith Sandersabout this book: The cause of war may have changed since America’s conception but the loss of a child remains unbearable. In His Stead, A Father’s War is a tale of sacrifice, redemption and the power of a father’s love.
Retired Army Ranger Thomas Lane once burned for the taste of gunpowder and the thrill of the battle. But as he struggles to cope with his own PTSD and the death of his eldest son, killed by an IED in Afghanistan, Lane learns that the beast called war demands more.
Now the National Guard is calling on Lane’s youngest son to serve. Consumed with sorrow, Lane knows he will do anything to save his child—even if it means going in his place, a pursuit unheard of since the Civil War when slaves were sent in place of their masters.
This is the tale of Thomas’ internal and external conflict as he battle the United States Army, its JAG corps, a vengeful officer, the very son he is desperate to save, and his own wife, who has the Solomon like choice to risk her husband or another son. Filled with both tense action and heartbreaking tenderness, In His Stead captures the essence of family life in wartime—the good, the bad, and the hopeful—as it exposes what it means to be a father and a man.
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