June 7, 2005 A sandstorm obscured what light lingered in Iraq’s nighttime sky as Staff Sergeant Alberto Martinez tied a claymore mine to a window grate. On the other side of the window sat Lt. Louis Allen, a husband and father of four young boys, and his good friend and Commanding Officer Captain Phillip Esposito, a West Point graduate and father of a baby girl. The men were engaged in a board game, unwinding after a hard day, when without warning the window exploded; 700 steel ball bearings erupted from the mine and hurtled inwards with lethal force, obliterating everything in their kill zone. Martinez was arrested and tried for the murders. But the military judicial system failed, and THE KILLER WAS SET FREE. How can American soldiers be at risk on their own base, among their fellow soldiers? Could these murders have been prevented? Will it happen again? How can the military’s judicial system have failed so drastically, and what was the government hiding from the slain soldiers’ families? Front Toward Enemy is a personal and factual account behind the scenes of a case that is to the military judicial system what the O.J. Simpson case is to the civilian judicial system.
Front Toward Enemy, resonates because it goes beyond an exploration of our military and judicial system; it's also about motherhood, love, loss, and the American spirit which drives us to seek triumph against all odds. There is a humanity to the author's lens that makes the narrative so compelling.
“This true story is one of our military justice system turned upside down. That it occurred threatens the reputation of all our services. As you read this well written first person story you can’t help but become outraged; It is hard to put down. It begs the question of accountability at the highest levels. This book should be required reading to assure nothing like this is allowed to happen again. The families of Lt. Allen and Capt. Esposito deserve nothing less, as do our country and the finest service men and women in the world.”
Fate may have had its way with the Hamilton sisters, but their destinies are still up for grabs.
Something has to be done about the Hamilton sisters. Faith and Claire Hamilton are so focused on avoiding their pain that they are forgetting how to truly live. Fortunately for them, feisty family friend Ollie knows a little something about what it’s like to cope with the death of a husband. She also knows how to mix a splash of fun into the process. Now, she is determined to impart the lessons she’s learned on the two young widows she loves like daughters. Her efforts start discreetly; Faith doesn’t even realize she is being nudged into the arms of the man she has been denying her attraction for, and Claire’s long-buried lust for life is reignited by a challenging new job. With Ollie’s touch, massive meltdowns are turned into hilarious moments and the weight of shameful secrets is unburdened. Neither sister has any idea Ollie is mentoring the men who have fallen for them in the fine art of widow wooing, and no one can predict how her students or protégées will fare.
The book so beautifully touches on the deep emotions of attempting to date after losing a beloved spouse. This story is written with humor, tenderness and emotion. Loved it!