Preparing to Lead in a CrisisNovember 7, 2017
Calamity and ConquestJanuary 22, 2018
Echoes in the Wind
by Roger Marsh
Echoes in the Wind is a contemporary novel about the trials of an Australian Army serviceman after operations in the Middle East.
‘Nearly a year now, my old mate; I’m glad you knew I was back in uniform at least,’ he said to the photo. There was Johnno, a giant of a man with his arm around Taff, a row of white teeth bright against the dark of his skin. ‘I don’t know why you had to die. Why mate? You had a wife and kids, and I had nothing; and you go and get blown to bits, not me. It doesn’t seem fair, but that’s the way it worked out. I know I can’t change it, but it guts me just to think about it.’ Taff then picked up the photo, held it tight, and cried himself to sleep.
Scars are inevitable in life and war. Echoes in the Wind is a story of scars, and how one man’s life was shaped by their marks.
A Wind of Bitter Tears
by Roger Marsh
A Wind of Bitter Tears is the sequel to the very successful Echoes in the Wind.
Set against the backdrop of the chaos of Army life and combat operations in Afghanistan, A Wind of Bitter Tears is a story of the price of honour and the fearful effects of the abuse of power.
F-Bomb’s next comment was lost in a sudden burst of gunfire.
‘What the fuck?’
‘That’s coming from within the camp,’ said Rob, and in one fluid movement slapped a magazine into the SR-25 and then cocked the weapon, before placing the other magazines into his pockets. There was no hesitation on either of their parts: simply a determination to move toward the threat and neutralise it. More shots rang out. Rob felt all mental clutter drop away, as the call of battle beckoned. He knew in his heart that there was a deadly situation nearby, leaving no time to put on body armour. In the fearful calculation of risk and urgency, speed was more important than self-protection.