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Call of the Warrior: An Anthology Presented by Read, Write, Muse lends a voice to the fighting spirit, wherever it may occur. While some stories, like The Fight at Lishkar Gah by Holly and Jared Brown do take place against a backdrop of military combat, the reader quickly discovers that there are many battlefields beyond the more obvious ones. The human body can be one, if it is invaded by a hostile army of cancer cells, as the narrator of Not One for Platitudes by Catherine Jones Payne learns. In Bagels by E.D.E. Bell, the enemy is corporate inflexibility and the most effective weapon against it, simple empathy. Both Blinding Lights and Miss Abershire home in on the type of battles that occur behind closed doors, in situations where the nurturing energy of families is turned upside down to place some members behind enemy lines.
In Call of the Warrior you will not only see victories, but also defeats, strategic retreats and acts of submission. Some characters are decked out in the most impenetrable of psychological camouflage gear while others appear deceptively harmless. But can you really trust in appearances? The diversity of interpretations is enormous. You will encounter a bizarre silk clad blood fest orchestrated by a tyrant in Warrior's Passion by Kirstin Pulioff and an intriguing exploration of divine justice in Avengel by LaDonna Cole. There are several recurring themes. The Albatross cycle of stories by Kelsey Keating center around a fierce, but oddly vulnerable air pirate known as Warrior and the Little Girl stories by S.R. Karfelt offer three insightful vignettes into the childhood of her character Carole Blank. The e-book is beautifully and stylishly formatted. Its proceeds benefit the War Dogs—Making it Home charity which connects troubled veterans with selected shelter dogs.