This book describes more than just the trauma of war on soldiers and their families; it demonstrates that the actions of those back home can be even more deadly than the battlefields. Two soldiers' lives seem to run in parallel: Ken Calder and John Gardiner ended up fighting in the same battles. One suffered from betrayal while the other benefited from virtue.
The actions of the people we meet in the book show the incredible ripple that extends from selfish actions. The reader also gets to see the nearly unbelievable benefits that grow from faith, trust, loyalty and selfless service to higher causes.
For readers uninterested in human behaviour, they can at least reflect on the typical serviceman's attitude towards soldiers who refused to volunteer for combat, who at the time referred to as "zombies" because they were as useful as the walking dead. There are many fascinating details regarding Canadian domestic and military history.
This is a highly recommended read for young (17+) Canadians who are interested in history, combat, virtue and sin.
A sad look at the effects that has on the personal lives of those who fought to preserve our freedom.
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