Forged In Fire
Homefront Series – Book 3
By Jessica Scott
From USA Today bestselling author Jessica Scott, book three in her all new Homefront Series.
A warrior focused on war…
Captain Sal Bello wants nothing more than to train his men for their upcoming deployment. But life at home is far more complicated for many of his men. And Sal doesn’t know how to stop the unraveling within his formation.
A warrior tested by combat…
First Sergeant Holly Washington has been baptized by fire and come out steel. She knows how to lead soldiers in combat and bring them safely home.
As these two warriors clash over what it means to be a leader at home and at war, they’ll cross the line between officer and enlisted. And the fallout could be more than either of them are prepared to face.
Forged In Fire by Jessica Scott is the final book in the Homefront series. Once again she has written another heart felt story about today’s modern army and the officers employed by the Army. These men and women have dedicated their lives and careers to their country. Their jobs go beyond being a soldier and warrior. They probably have the most difficult kind of job in the management field. Their jobs are beyond battle plans and war strategies. They are managing people. People that come from all walks of life and experiences. Not only are they dealing with their individual personalities, they have to make these people come together and work as one unit. They also have to deal with issues that most work organizations don’t have to deal with. There is drug abuse, alcohol abuse, domestic problems, and psychological problems including PTSD. There is a trail of paperwork that they have to document for each soldier. They have to keep their i’s dotted and t’s crossed. They have to do this in triplicate for legality purposes. At the same time they have to prepare these individuals for the warfront or get them out of the Army.
Throughout the Homefront series and the Coming Home series, Jessica Scott has approached different issues in today’s Army. She does not shy away from the truths or sugar coat the ugly realities. At the same time she brings two unlikely people together to find love. It makes their world a bit brighter and easier to cope with. It gives these people a home life that makes all of their sacrifices worth it.
Forged In Fire brings a war hardened Captain and dedicated First Sergeant together. They have both experienced the ugly side of war. They have both experienced some ugly issues on the home front. The difference is on how they choose to cope and how they deal with their unit. When a serious case of domestic abuse and a secretive love triangle begin to disrupt their unit they will have to band together to find the truth. They will have to weigh their moral stance against their military stance. They may lose good soldiers with war experience or they may end up with soldiers that can’t handle the warfront any better than the home front.
I really liked this installment of the Homefront Series. Not only did Jessica Scott deliver strong solid characters, she allowed them both to have vulnerabilities. She also emphasized that life is not black and white, every coin has another side, and every road has a curve. Once again she gave the reader a fantastic book that was educational, romantic, and interesting. A soldier doesn’t have to be a warrior all the time. A soldier is an ordinary man or woman with ordinary feelings.
Well done Jessica Scott.
Forged In Fire can be read as a stand alone novel or in series order. I highly recommend this book and series.
About Jessica Scott
USA Today Bestselling author Jessica Scott is a career army officer, mother of two daughters, three cats and three dogs, wife to a career NCO and wrangler of all things stuffed and fluffy. She is a terrible cook and even worse housekeeper, but she’s a pretty good shot with her assigned weapon and someone liked some of the stuff she wrote. Somehow, her children are pretty well adjusted and her husband still loves her, despite burned water and a messy house.
She’s also written for the New York Times At War Blog, PBS Point of View Regarding War, and IAVA. She deployed to Iraq in 2009 as part of OIF/New Dawn and has had the honor of serving as a company commander at Fort Hood, Texas twice.
Most recently, she’s been featured as one of Esquire Magazine’s Americans of the Year for 2012. Learn More at http://www.jessicascott.net