“It wasn’t the homecoming Nathan Henson had envisioned… a quick flight back to “the World” on a freedom bird to some west coast airport where one could hopefully slip back into the heartland unnoticed by hostile demonstrators. Forty-eight hours from the jungle to the streets. Welcome home.”
For Corporal Henson, the war may be over, but the battle has just begun. Suffering from PTSD, he struggles to adjust back to civilian life, haunted by memories from the battlefield, and of his fellow soldiers who lost their lives there.
In search of healing, he joins a group with other veterans where they recount their tales and experiences, forming a deep bond of brotherhood. The road to recovery is difficult- the war has taken its toll on all of them, though they each have different ways of dealing with it. Some better than others.
For Nathan, his saving grace comes in the form of a beautiful young woman, giving him a second chance at a love that he thought he would never feel again. And yet, the scars remain- and the more he struggles to come to terms with his past, and to help his brother soldiers, the more he fears he will lose everything all over again.
Yet another fantastic book from author E. Michael Helms, The Private War is honest and real, offering the reader a glimpse into the everyday realities of our veterans. To me, this book had a much different feel than the other works I have read by Helms, written with a raw emotion and almost desperate sincerity, though it certainly kept all the key marks I have come to expect from this author- complex characters, true romance, and the ultimate struggle of good over evil. Written as aHighly recommended!
Rating: 5 stars
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My sincerest and truest heartfelt thanks to all of our brave soldiers- both those who came home, and those who did not -for all of the blood, sweat, and tears you have shed for our freedom. You are the true reason our nation is great. Thank you.