While I do not condone war, I understand it sometimes becomes a neccessary action to stop agression and persons or military wronging a people, or stopping societal extinction or genocide. I speak lightly and carefully here not to offend any one person or country, because the world at large has suffered far too many wars. I try to promote peace wherever possible.
As a writer of historical novels, I have striven to bring a War and Peace theme through my Sparrow Wars in the Garden of Bliss series. While the books address a particular fictional family and their generational progeny, it is also sometimes amid the backdrops of real war.
The first three books in this series address some of the cause and effect of war upon the world at large and upon the La Barre families. In the second book, Legends of War, one character, Barton Barre is flung into the hellish conflict in the last two years of the European theater, fighting in England, France, Luxembourg, and Germany. During this second book I also reveal (Barton's Father) Richard's story of fighting in France in 1918 during WWI. For him it was horrible, and nothing was glorious about the war. He writes a personal letter to Barton short of his son going off for army training, whereby Richard recalls his experiences for his son to learn about war and its horrors. He wishes Barton would not experience such things, but his son has made his choice to volunteer in the army.
Much of Barton's experiences follow him during the days of Operation Overlord, then the Battle of the Bulge and the invasion into Germany as part of Generals Irwin and Patton's armies. These stories are slightly skewed towards an American soldier's point of view, and as the war progresses we see Barton's character changing. While this war was so horrific, killing millions, and millions more suffered depredations, abuse and terror, my telling is a somewhat gentler window upon the reality of this war. The Barre Family and Barton's friends in America also suffer in other ways, worrying for Barton, listening to radio reports and vicariously imagining his fight from his infrequent letters and the news.
I wanted to put a humane spin on this war, whereby our characters can shine forth with faith, love, and hope that there will be a better tomorrow.
I revisit war only in one more book, that takes a more modern character linking the Barre family, to Vietnam, and a career in the US Navy with only mentioned real operations. I decided to turn back to the family setting, enough of war, and offering also the conflicts of daily living among faulted relationships. Thus the overarching theme of Sparrow Wars in the Garden of Bliss. Each person has their own fate and must choose wisely to survive or to succeed in life. Yet there is always the tempting serpent offering the 'apples' of the 'tree of knowlege' that may offer quick rewards, but also risky futures--hence the Sparrow Wars wrecking our blissful garden in life.
But for now, I call all to pray for our fallen heroes, pray for peace and for those who have been called to serve our country in peacetime and in war.