Adventure, spies, dealing with bullies, and serious ingenuity abound in this fascinating story of Army brat Jack McMasters and his sisters. The author is a master at bringing to life the unique lifestyle of kids growing up in a military family overseas, tightly bound by strict discipline and enjoying great freedom. Any infraction reflects upon, and can influence, their parents’ careers, but none of that limits these kids, whose fathers fought in World War II and are now back in Germany facing an enemy that all the parents are determined to keep secret from the children. When attacked by a bully and his thugs on his first day at yet another new school, Jack quickly teams up with other brats to figure out a way to overcome their common adversaries. Always ready to explore and invade their enemies’ territory, the brats pursue one adventure after another, building toward a grand quest in answer to a challenge issued by a disgruntled teacher.
Those who are not familiar with the military lifestyle may wonder at the ease with which Jack and his sisters make both friends and enemies at school, where they are, once again, the new kids. Through encounters and conversations, the reader hears tales of heroism and blunder, learns little-known facts about the times during which the story takes place, and meets people of another land; one that only recently tried to destroy their parents and their way of life.
BRAT and the Kids of Warriors is an excellent, spell-binding read for young adults, as well as adults. An intriguing cliff-hanger at the end makes me eager to read the next book in what promises to be a wonderful series.
About the author
Michael Joseph Lyons is a brat¿and he admits that with great pride. He lived the adventure of growing up in a military family. His dad was a United States Army colonel; his mom was the general in charge of their family. They traipsed Michael and his sisters all over the world. As an Army brat, Michael moved nine times and attended eleven different schools, more overseas than in the United States. He lived in six different states, besides Japan, Germany, and France. Michael¿s time in Göppingen, Germany, when his father was stationed with 4th Armored Division, was at the height of the Cold War. Over 3,000 Russian tanks faced the Iron Curtain, ready to attack. Soviet spies watched the American Army¿s every move. This became the setting and backdrop for Brat: Kids of Warriors.Michael is blessed with the gift of storytelling and clear memories of life on base. He is passionate about sharing the unique world of military brats the only way most kids will ever experience it¿through story.His stories reveal the gifts of growing up military: an addiction to excellent adventures, being highly adaptive, making friends rapidly, developing chameleon skills, loving languages and foreign cultures, and, more than anything else, developing that most critical of all brat skills¿grit. Michael went on to join the U. S. Army, becoming a lieutenant and then a captain. Later, he developed and taught a course at UCLA on the nine principles of war. As a serial entrepreneur, he established multiple tech companies and is known for saying, ¿The greatest entrepreneurial skill I have comes from growing up military¿the gift of grit.¿ Today Michael and his wife and two dogs live in the Chicago area, frequently visited by their seven children and their families. His passions are writing this book series and meeting brats anywhere in the world to discuss how to get the most from the unique way they are raised. He believes many will be tomorrow¿s great global leaders.