King of a Lesser Hill
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*This novel portrays acts of atrocity during the Bosnian Civil War of the 1990s. Though presented with sensitivity, some scenes might prove disturbing to survivors of conflict and/or violence against women.
In 1995's Bosnia and Herzegovina, a USAF pilot, forced to eject over Serb-controlled territory, evades capture with the help of a young Bosnian woman and a sympathetic band of Croat militia. With a ruthless Serbian commander also on the hunt, it falls to Daniel Sean Ritter and his sergeants—now designated the Deep Recovery Team—to find the American first.
Stung by setbacks inflicted by an opposing coalition on multiple fronts, Serb paramilitary forces escalate operations as their window of opportunity narrows. Atrocities, reprisals, and response fuel a final conflagration in the embers of war. Its disposition will hinge on the courage found in those who have discovered the passions of Bosnia are ones from which they are unable to walk away.
Approx. 83,300 wds. / 290 pp. print length
Humbling and inspiring read
There is shamefully little written, in non-abstract terms, about the conflict in Bosnia-Herzegovina in the 90s.
The core of the tome involves the physical and spiritual battle humanity faces, set in this civil war. I could not help but be humbled by those individuals caught up in the fight, in the horror, by happenstance of birth, and by their subsequent choices. I was even more humbled by those individuals who chose to stand in the breach between those who chose love and those who chose hate.
I devoured the book, and was left with much to consider on the meaning of life and my walk through it.
Amidei makes it real. The characters are all human and believable, including those most base. Those characters who take the high road, even if that path involves sacrifice and lives lost, are worthy of admiration.
His writing is consistently excellent. Still, each book, each look into life, is unique and enthralling.
I was in the military during this time, and many of my brothers- and sisters-in-arms were sent there to try to do what is right. They came back changed, as did I in my own time in the conflict for which I volunteered.
This work will change you. It will change your perspective on what happened, and it will change your perspective on what it is like to be thrust into the arms of evil. What you do with that fate is up to you.