Publisher: Booklocker.com, Inc. (Mar 31, 2012)
Category: Literary Fiction, Military Fiction, Adventure, Realistic Fiction
Tour dates: Feb/Mar, 2018
Available in Print, ebook, & Audiobook 280 pages
From award-winning author. In 2006, with wars in Iraq and Afghanistan raging, Rod Strong enlists in the Army to achieve the goal his father sought before he tragically died in the Gulf War. His objective: The Old Guard regiment, the elite Soldiers who stand as Sentinels at the Tomb of the Unknown in Arlington National Cemetery. Rod overcomes the obstacles that litter his path until an unexpected firefight in Afghanistan changes his life forever.
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Guest Review by Kate M.
When you first pick up ‘Twenty-One Steps Of Courage’, you may think it is biography of a soldier. The detail in the research Sarah Bates did make it feel that way. However, it is a work of fiction that would appeal to those who like to read biographies, military fiction and non-fiction.
Rod Strong’s father dies in the Gulf War when he is young but his stories have stuck with Rod all through his childhood. Especially those of his father serving his country. Rod makes up his mind that he wants to be a soldier just like his dad. His father shared his dream of someday becoming a Sentinel Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown in Arlington National Cemetery. He never accomplished this dream, due to his death.
On his 18th birthday, Rod enlists in the Army. His ultimate goal is to accomplish what his father was unable to do. However, first he wants to follow in his father’s footsteps and do all of the training that he did. His mother is upset when he told her he enlisted. His older brother is already in the army, serving in Afghanistan. Rod’s girlfriend, Beth, is not surprised when he tells her that he enlisted. He talked about his dreams a lot with her but promised they would marry one day.
The details of Rod’s training were very detailed and kept me glued to the book. I read the ebook which is a good thing, because the cover and pages would have bent and creased with my grip! The book read like a movie in my mind and I felt like I was in it. The characters are well written and the sense of place is bang on. This book is a masterpiece and should be made into a movie! I highly recommend it for all!
About the Author
Award winning author, Sarah Bates’ fiction has appeared in the Greenwich Village Literary Review, the San Diego North County Times (now the Union-Tribune) and the literary magazine Bravura.
She is the author of ‘The Lost Diaries of Elizabeth Cady Stanton’, published in 2016, and co-author of the 2005 short story collection, ‘Out of Our Minds, Wild Stories’ by Wild Women. Bates was an English Department writing tutor at Palomar College in California for ten years. She privately tutors academic and creative writing students and is writing a new novel.
She is a Military Category Finalist for ‘Twenty-One Steps of Courage’, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, (2013) and 2nd Place Finalist, for ‘The Lost Diaries of Elizabeth Cady Stanton’, Unpublished Novel-Category, San Diego Book Awards (2015). It has since been published.
Sarah Bates lives in Fallbrook, California.