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 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.
Former Major General Tariq Saeed hated every moment he was forced to spend in this backward territory. Outwardly, he maintained the façade of an Iraqi loyal to the new order after Operation Iraqi Freedom, but his heart ached for the power he had become accustomed to during Saddam Hussein’s reign of terror.
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Lilly spends every waking minute of every day learning; she is a know-it-all whose father keeps her cloistered away from the prying eyes of the world. She has two diversions; she picks locks and in a dream-like trance meets a virtual friend, Skye, an interstellar immortal trapped in its own world. All of this is not Lilly’s fault. Unbeknown to her, Lilly is a valuable genetic experiment who, along with Skye, are viciously sought after by the criminal consortium Nautilus.
As Lilly turns 13 she craves the experiences of the off-limits world around her. In a rebellious moment she escapes her father’s watchful eye to visit an ice cream shop. What should have been all sprinkles and whipped cream turns into a terrifying reality–a chase through the streets of D.C., her father’s disappearance in a fiery confrontation with Nautilus, a gypsy who kidnaps her, and a homeless streetwise teen, Bobby, who comes to her rescue.
One wrong move in this dangerous life and death struggle may put the lives of many on the line. Will Lilly process the cascade of emotions and events and realize the power that true friends bring to overcoming adversity in time?
About the Author: A voracious reader herself, Judith Sanders came to writing fiction after 20 years of intense personal and professional insights of people’s fears, struggles and aspirations as patients needing her power as a healthcare provider. With a fresh voice Judith has drawn the praise of readers and critics who are won over by the themes, characters, and plots of her novels. This is Judith’s third novel following “Crescent Veil” and “In His Stead: A Father’s War.”