Book: A World Without Music by J. Conrad Guestcategories: Book, Post Traumatic Stress, Gulf War, Romance, Fatal Attraction, PTSD
J. Conrad Guestabout this book: Since Sarah left, he'd been more and more prone to long and meaningless meanderings. He pulled the cork from the bottle of bourbon and took a long swallow of the honey-colored liquid, straight from the bottle. A moment later, he felt it warm his empty stomach. After taking a second hit, he turned his attention to the weapon on the table in front of him. Picking it up, he noted the coldness of its grip.
"You know, Tom," he said to the emptiness of his morning, his enunciation still slurred courtesy of last night's Bookers. "I have you to thank for what my life has become. Sarah's gone, and I'm drinking more." To prove his point, he took another draw from the Bookers bottle. "All because you won't let me sleep at night. I did the right thing. What any good marine would've done. I brought you out of the desert. I made sure you got home, and this is the thanks I get. Eight years of you tormenting my sleep. You know, it's not my fault you never got to meet your baby daughter, or never again got to hold your wife, kiss her, make love to her."
Reagan put the Glock into his mouth, surprising himself that he hadn't given it any thought beforehand. As if not thinking about it would make it easier for him to pull the trigger.
What they're saying about A World Without Music:
• "A World Without Music reads like a masterpiece of music, culture and life and is highly recommended." —Sheila Deeth, author of Divide by Zero
"The seamless prose draws the reader from the horror and peril of combat to the agony of post-traumatic stress and despair. In A World Without Music, protagonist Reagan is a creature of the brutality of the real world, stripped of idealism and past, waiting for miracles, searching for the music that will make his life worth living." — Lazarus Barnhill, author of Lacey Took a Holiday
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