Redemption

BQB Publishing
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In his follow-up book to Reluctant Warriors, author Jon Stafford traces the impact of World War II on regular American men and women swept up by events thousands of miles away from home, and ponders how the continent that gave birth to Renaissance Humanism could descend into murderous chaos.

This historical fiction is a story about soldiers who went to the other side of the world to fight for their country and the women who remained home to fend for themselves and their families with few resources and no one to turn to for support.

World War II left no lives unchanged. After the battles had been won and the fallen buried, the war continued to reverberate for decades in the lives of the men and women who fought and survived, lost the people most precious to them, became disillusioned, and found a way to go on.

From Guadalcanal to the island fortress of Formosa, and from Tulsa to Sacramento, these stories show men and women finding redemption from the turmoil and chaos of war.
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About the author

Author Jon Stafford has had a lot of preparation for writing the Reluctant Warrior series about the experiences of individual U.S. soldiers in World War II. He was born in 1948, shortly after the war and had five uncles and too many family friends to mention who were in it. What he learned from the people he knew and from reading about the war for fifty some odd years is the similarity between persons then and now, whether men or women, young or old.

According to Stafford, Americans across the decades have similar responses to war. He writes of how men in 1942 looked forward with some zeal to going into combat, but soon that was replaced with the hopes and prayers that it would end soon. The zeal was replaced by a tremendous fear as to what would happen to them, to their fellow soldiers, and to their families.

Stafford believes that patriotism back then was rather the same as we have today. They had love of country and devotion to what we hold dear and the idea that what we have is worth fighting for has not changed.

Lastly, Stafford contends that people 70 years ago had very similar transitions to go through to step into combat as they do today. Back then, young soldiers went from bicycles to machine guns in a few short years; from BB guns to very complicated weaponry capable of tremendous death. Today they step from animated video games of war that entertain into real life and death circumstances.

Stafford was born in Michigan, the third of four children, and grew up outside of Chicago, attending college close to home. He ventured south to Alabama for his master's degree in Civil War history and worked toward his PhD at the University of South Carolina.

He now lives in Columbia, South Carolina, and, after retiring from a thirty-year career teaching history to high schoolers, spends his time as a residential building contractor, rehabbing houses.

When not writing, he can be found spending time with his two daughters and grandchild, reading history tomes, and watching classic movies. Nostalgic for a time now gone, Stafford is always rooting for the good guy: The good guys always win!

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Publisher
BQB Publishing
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Published on
Nov 11, 2015
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Pages
354
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ISBN
9781939371638
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Language
English
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Genres
Family & Relationships / Marriage & Long-Term Relationships
Fiction / Historical
Fiction / War & Military
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