A Crooked Path
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A Crooked Path
Suspense, love and war
Writers Club Press (Imprint of www.iuniverse.com)
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Size: 6 x 9
An absorbing love-and-war adventure that explores the dire consequences of a hate that destroys, and a boundless love that endures.
In his youth, a mean-spirited stepfather teaches Vladimir Antonovich that the only way to succeed in life is to become highly proficient in the art of fighting.
Vladimir's early years are filled with fights and brutality. At the age of eighteen, he's drafted into the Soviet Army. He swears he will kill his stepfather someday, once the Army shows him how.
Vladimir faces a new brutality at the Course of the Young Soldier, but survives it, and is selected to attend an Airborne College. He's commissioned a lieutenant, and later marries Aleksandra and has a son. His hate for his stepfather still burns.
Eleven years later, in 1980, he is given a special assignment to Afghanistan. He must take a 15-man gruppa into the Hindu Kush Mountains to kill a Mujahedin bandit. After a brutal firefight at the target area, he loses most of his men and is captured, but escapes to complete the job.
Returning home a hero, the hate for his stepfather festers. He decides to visit him one last time. While they talk and drink vodka, ugly images from the past flash. Vladimir recalls the brutality of his youth, the brutality of basic training, and the brutality of Afghanistan.
His mind bursting with hate, he picks up a vodka bottle and stands behind his stepfather. Now, he must decide. Will the love for his wife and son save him from himself, or will he kill the old man and face the consequences, leaving his family and a bright army career behind?
Copyright (c) 2001 by Robert A. Gallinger
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