2014 Reviews for In His Stead

Amazon readers continue to praise Sanders’ novel “In His Stead– A Father’s War” 4.7 out of 5 STARS

Brian says “The book is definitely worth the read. The story, while very real and in a lot of respects, sad works. The author does a great job of capturing the loss and struggle military families face.”

Veritas Vincit “Bill” says “…the powerful story-telling and character development by Sanders is what kept me in… The depth of understanding of the human condition and the bonds of family are as close to perfect as an author can achieve…. [Sanders] is clearly an intelligent, probing, and conscientious researcher.”

lroger says “Sanders’ real voice came through in the narrative that made it so personal and really drew me into the entire novel. Everything is emotionally charged–reminded me of a good Jodie Picoult book… Sanders expertly adds in these details that make it so impactful and realistic.”

John J. Staughton says “Sanders creates a riveting and emotional world that the reader can be sucked into. At times, the book was funny, other times it was heart-wrenching…This was an emotional read, but a good one. A great one, in fact.”

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Out and About: Judith Sanders with Jeffery Deaver and “The October List”

Thanks to the Cape Fear Literary Council I had a chance to meet with Jeffery Deaver, prolific author of mysteries.

Deaver Photo

 

My favorite “The Bone Collector” that was made into a movie with Denzel Washington.   Reading his newest novel “The October List” Now.

In His Stead is Indie Excellence Awards Finalist

IEx_goldoval_finalist300In His Stead selected by the National Indie Excellent Awards as a Finalist in the Military Fiction Category for 2013.  Check it out at NIEA

Don’t Miss Judith’s Interview with Meradeth Houston

Meradeth Houston's Latest Novel

Meradeth Houston’s Latest Novel

Click thru to Meradeth’s Blog & read Judith’s responses to Meradeth’s insightful questions about “In His Stead” and Judith’s writing career.  And while you’re there check out Meradeth’s latest novel “Colors Like Memories”

Family Magazine Features “In His Stead”

Judith is the featured author in the “booknook” of February 10th, 2013 Edition of Family- The Magazine For Military Families  in an article by Jamie Herzlich. According to Judith “Family is a major magazine for our military and their loved ones on our posts and bases around the world.  I hope they enjoy Jamie’s article.  I look forward to hearing from folks with their thoughts and ideas about “In His Stead” and I pray that our soldiers serving in harms way and their loved ones are reunited as soon as possible.”

In His Stead Featured in December 2012 MidWest Book Review “Small Press Bookwatch”

Midwest Book Review featured Judith Sanders’ In His Stead on the Fiction Shelf of their Small Press Bookwatch in December 2012 calling In His Stead “a strong addition to contemporary fiction collections.”

Praise Surges for In His Stead A Father’s War

I am humbled by the wonderful things being said about “In His Stead”.  Check out these blogs…

CMash Loves to Read posted my guest blog and wrote:  “I knew I had to share this with all of you.” (CLICK HERE)

Confessions of a Psychotic Housewife talks about the main character, Thomas Lane:  “This man might be fiction, but he’s a great man, nonetheless. I hope you’ll add this book to your to-read list.” (CLICK HERE)

Minding Spot sums it up:  “Sanders has written a magnificent novel that deserves to be heard.” (CLICK HERE)

Earnest Parenting’s Amy LeForge gives this advice to her readers:  “I do recommend this book… Go get it.” (CLICK HERE)

And if you follow Lit Lovers check them out to (CLICK HERE).

Want a Laugh?– Do it slowly!

My editor sent me the following link to get a perspective on what an editor said about Dan Brown’s “The Symbol”.  Take a look and have a laugh.

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New Readings: Tony Blair’s “A Journey: My Political Life”

This book looks to be a must read to get a glimpse of the British perspective on 9/11, the war in Iraq, al Qaeda, and WMDs.  I say that because of Blair’s interview with CNN’s Wolfe Blitzer a few days back.  In the interview Blair staunchly defended the decision to enter Iraq for two reasons: first, 9/11 changed the game in terms of the US/British perspective on tolerance for countries and terrorists supporting WMDs and second, that Saddam Hussein had the knowledge, people, intent, history of use of chemical weapons, and was about to restore the means (through oil sales) to be able to export the Iraqi developments in WMDs.

It’s then logical (at least to me) that if you accept that Saddam needed to be eliminated from power and Iraq’s military/industrial complex needed to be crippled, then you end up having to also commit to rebuilding the country afterwards in order to preserve stability in the region.  So, what’s debatable then is whether the cost of what unfolded in economic terms (and the US government taking its eye off the economy at home) and human terms was ever really anticipated and ever really justified.

What’s really interesting about the interview (and I hope the book) is that Blair admits the intelligence failures about Iraq’s “first strike” (my term not his) readiness to use stockpiles of WMDs that were never found after the 2003 invasion.  Yet he defends the coalition’s actions based on the factors above, regardless of Iraq’s WMD readiness.

More of a review once I’ve read the book. And if any of you want to post something about the book after you read it, let me know what you’re thinking.