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When Matt McKelland comes home from war, exhausted and already suffering from post traumatic stress syndrome to find that his wife has been seeing another man behind his back, a vicious sequence of events is unleashed that will lead to Matt's dishonourable discharge from the Marines and a long struggle with alcohol and mental illness. With the help of his social worker and a newly found friend, Shaun, Matt struggles back from the brink, only to risk stumbling again following Shaun's sudden, drug-related death. Instead, Matt finds revenge and, ultimately, redemption, by stepping outside the rules created by society...
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A cracking read that makes you think.... a great debut! Simon Weston OBE
The timing could not be more apt for the release of Simon Bywater’s latest book, Honourable Retribution, a fiercely compassionate novel inspired by the reality of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as it is experienced by thousands of Britain’s troops in Iraq and elsewhere.Who have to struggle not only with a devastating psychological disorder, but also with the macho culture embodied and perpetuated by the military, and a society that does not recognise the extent to which they are damaged.
Honourable Retribution educates the reader, in a compelling fictional format, as to the reality facing returning soldiers in Britain today. It also addresses other crucial issues facing contemporary Britons; the truths of a war that damages our sons and brothers for no clear purpose; the social chaos that has invaded our cities and towns and the difficulties inherent in finding an identity and place in the world even as society changes beyond recognition. The novel’s hero is not just a soldier struggling to come to grips with PTSD; he is also Everyman, lost and alone in a culture that he no longer recognises. The chilling climax set in Manchester serves as a poignant, disturbing reminder that solutions can be almost as destructive and violent as the situations that called for them. Honourable Retribution should be read by anyone who asks him or herself what it means to be British, where our society is going, and whether our government is really doing all it can for its citizens, its public servants, and the foreign citizens whose interests it
Matt Mckelland has a bit of me, he has a bit of you and he has a bit of some someone we all know. Lets get our own house in order before we start playing international Policemen. Lets also look after those who do our dirty work before Matt and others like him become a reality? Other wise it will be I told you so?
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