“The Shifting Sands” – a war story, a coming of age tale, and a harsh look into the reality of PTSD and soldiers, is now available on Kindle for $2.99 and free on Amazon Prime.
This book started out as a NaNoWriMo project which blossomed into an intensely personal look into my own past and my own demons. It was written by a soldier, using his own experiences to weave a fictional tale grounded solidly in reality, and then vetted by other soldiers who went through similar experiences.
In short, I believe, it is as accurate a portrayal of the maze of emotions, memories, and struggles of war and PTSD as I can write. For this reason, I am releasing it – something I otherwise might have kept to myself due to the personal nature of what is contained within the pages.
From the blurb:
It’s Christmas, 2003, and Mike Ritz is home on leave from the war in Iraq. He kept his homecoming a surprise and plans on having a fun-filled two-weeks with family and friends, booze and parties.
But Mike doesn’t come home alone. He quickly finds that he brought the war with him – and, despite his attempts to do so, he can’t escape it or what it has done to him.
Mike’s vacation from the war becomes a hectic gauntlet of friends and family who don’t seem to understand what happened to him, memories of Iraq that spring unbidden and unwanted to the forefront of his thoughts, and the brutal realization it wasn’t the real world that changed – it was himself.
“The Shifting Sands” is a chronicle of Mike’s time in Iraq and attempt to return home. It is a brutally honest, unapologetic, look inside the mind of a soldier, written by a soldier.