Retired Army Ranger Thomas Lane once burned for the taste of gunpowder and the thrill of the battle. But as he struggles to cope with his own PTSD and the death of his eldest son, killed by an IED in Afghanistan, Lane learns that the price of war is far too dear.
When the National Guard calls up Lane’s youngest son to serve, Lane knows he will do anything to save his child–even if it means going in his place, a pursuit unheard of since the Civil War when slaves were sent to war in place of their masters.
In His Stead, Judith Sander’s second novel, follows Thomas Lane’s crusade against the United States Army, its JAG corps, a vengeful officer, the very son he is desperate to save, and his own wife, who has the Solomon-like choice of losing either a husband or a son.
Capturing the essence of family life in wartime–the good, the bad, and the hopeful–In His Stead explores what it means to be a father and a man.
About the Author
Judith Sanders was born and raised in a rural town in New Jersey. She received her BS from Graceland College and worked as a registered nurse for many years, including serving the military as a nurse in Maryland. Sanders, a mother of three boys, now makes writing her full time career and divides her time between her homes in New Hampshire and North Carolina. Her first novel, Crescent Veil, is a reality fiction novel about a hunt for terrorists. With her second novel, In His Stead (A Father’s War) Judith honors the memories of those fallen in war.
1. What is the first book you remember reading by yourself as a child?
2. What are you reading right now?
“The Secret of the Nightingale Palace” by Dana Sachs, “New York to Dallas” by J.D. Robb, rereading collected works of Jane Austen, and just finished “Inferno” by Dan Brown
3. How does your garden grow?
In NH I’ve got flower boxes which are being attacked by Japanese beetles. To get my dose of weed pulling I visited my daughter-in-law’s vegetable garden and did some weeding there yesterday. Back in NC I love my day lilies, irises, Japanese maple (no J. beetles there) and my husband’s very small tree farm (mostly red buds).
4. What is the last thing you Googled?
Besides your website, the Boston Museum of Science (we took our grandkids there this week).
5. What makes you cringe?
Mice (although there’s screaming with the cringing), breaking and broken bones (I was a nurse before being a writer)
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