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Best-selling suspense-thriller author of the Tier One military series and numerous speculative novels, Jeffrey Wilson, has produced an immensely personal work of fiction on one of the great issues of our day, PTSD and the returning soldier. Based on his own struggles with Post Traumatic Stress after deploying to war as a combat surgeon with the Navy SEALs, Wilson captures the inner struggles and relational dynamics experienced by returning veterans. Book Synopsis: Jake and Rachel are a typical young, middle-America couple. They are patriotic enough for Jake to join the National Guard, faithful enough to attend the local Evangelical church, and devoted to each other as only newly married couples can be as they begin their journey of life together alongside closest friends, Cal and Kelly. But their patriotism, faith and relationship are severely tested when Jake and Cal deploy to Afghanistan. Everything Jake believes is flipped upside down in the micro-second moment of a suicide attack. "War Torn" is Jake's journey through survivor guilt and PTSD. As a Veteran who has devoted much time to working with returning Vets I can tell you that this is an authentic, realistic depiction of modern military life with its transitions, camaraderie, inner torments, moral ambiguities, social isolation and relationship challenges. The combat scenes are well done, accurately capturing the fog of war from the individual infantryman's perspective. The depictions of leaders, soldiers, dependents and other personalities will be familiar to veterans -- the cold-hearted cynicism of Jake's war-scarred peers, the soldierly/fatherly wisdom of First Sergeant TC Morrow, the struggles of the non-Veteran Pastor Craig who mourns one church member while trying to understand another's PTSD, the positivism of Assistant Pastor Chris (who almost steals the show), or the sensitive resiliency of a young war widow, who helps Rachel develop into the mature woman of faith God calls her to be -- Wilson nails it. And in getting it right, Jeffrey Wilson does something else I appreciate: he turns the entire "chick-lit" relational, sappy and often trite, "inspirational" fiction genre on its (pointy) head. These are real people with real human issues. They sometimes use strong language when they shouldn't, fall into struggles with alcohol and depression, get mad at God, and discover that their shallow "Churchianity" doesn't cut it against the inner demons created by battlefield trauma and survivor-guilt. What can I say, this is a book to recommend to people. I only found two short-comings. First, there is some strong language that may cause a few readers to clutch their pearls. Not a lot but enough for some to complain. Well... go to your safe space. It's mild compared to what I've heard in the Army... But those who write for "inspirational" audiences know how problematic this can be. Secondly, there is a technical error repeated throughout the book regarding use of the term "First Sergeant." Oh, well. Jeffrey Wilson is Navy after all and some SEAL Master Chief probably led him astray on this. Hahaha! Overlook these non-issue issues and buy this book. Because "War Torn" is recommended. Highly.
War Torn is a story about a tragic tour of duty in Afghanistan, and one wounded soldier’s struggle to deal with his loss and a broken marriage. It’s a story about hope, and about redemption, and about overcoming incredible odds.
The tale centers on a young National Guardsman named Jake who ships out to Afghanistan alongside his best friend Cal. Jake’s world is quickly ripped apart and he returns home a shell of a man struggling with questions of God and faith.
Draws you in from the very first page! I read through this book in two settings. It’s a thought-provoking novel that will make you ask yourself some tough questions, and you’ll be hanging onto every new turn in the story as Jake fights to overcome the very real struggles that every combat vet deals with. If you are a vet, a spouse, or you just want to know what it’s like fighting a war over seas, pick up this book!
A gripping account of a soldier’s PTSD and his faith in God. Authentic action, well-developed characters, and an inspirational message make this a compelling read! Veterans and non-vets alike will appreciate this in-depth look into the professional and personal life of todays warrior. Highly recommended!
This is the 5th book I've read by Dr. Wilson (other four, Tier One with Brian Andrews). This is a different effort from the ops./missions in Tier One. This is a heartfelt look into the struggles of someone who is trying to return to "normal life", whatever that is considering what the character has done and has witnessed in his military life...beautifully written, haunting. We should all say a good thought each day for what our troops have contributed and what they have endured.
I am not usually a fast reader, but I read this book in just two weeks. The rich descriptions, action, romance, drama, and constant theme of faith kept me engaged and my curiosity piqued. War Torn is a perfect book for service members, military spouses, and anyone who supports military families such as; chaplains, pastors, and counselors. It dissects the life of a service member before, during, and after deployment giving a vividly accurate description of what it is like in their shoes. This novel not only teaches the value of faith, but also of empathy and understanding in the difficult roles service members play between their job, faith, family, and finding a new normal after tragedy. If you have ever questioned your faith during situations that have no explanation, this novel is made for you. While following along Jakes journey, you will rediscover and strengthen your own faith, which is a priceless gift included in the pages of War Torn.
Thank God for the American service men and women that leave their loved ones and home to secure our freedom and life style. The price they pay is unbelievable. This book sheds some light on the sacrifice.
Reviewed in the United States on November 17, 2018
Thank you for showing a real man in a real life battle with a real faith. I hope this story will open hearts and minds to our need for Him in our lives. I am encouraged to find my way back to the "journey" Thank you.