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A Thousand Daggers by Frank C. Seitz

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By Frank C. Seitz

Greater than 350,000 americans suffered and died in Vietnam. Wounds made within the jungles and rice paddies of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia discovered their as far back as the U.S., carried there through the our bodies, minds, and hearts of our troops. it is a novel approximately six of them—aging strive against veterans—seeking therapy in a V.A. psychiatric ward in Montana. Veterans nonetheless bleeding from “A Thousand Daggers.” Their tales are fictional; their stories should not.

Lieutenant Leonard “Lumpy” Lundeen crashes into the Emergency Room of the Montana VA medical institution, psychotic as hell. Or is it psychotic in Hell? He can’t inform the variation. That’s only one of the demanding situations of this 70 year-old veteran who keeps that he’s three-years-old and precocious. remedy starts off instantly: drugs and team remedy, the latter together with a Butte Italian muscle builder with PTSD, a depressed professor instructing Medieval Literature in a rural university, a suicidal rancher with out farm animals, an lady Iraq vet with aggravating mind harm, and a lecherous division administrator who desires them “gone” from his sanatorium. Traumas from the previous weave into the issues of the current, making a myriad of messes that require a “crazy man” to resolve.

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Ses trois autres fils, Guillaume, Bertrand et Gilbert, s’agenouillèrent et baisèrent le – 41 – bas de sa tunique. Des hommes jurèrent de mourir pour les Baux, de la défendre jusqu’à la dernière goutte de leur sang. Stéphanie n’en demandait pas tant. Elle leur rappela sa volonté d’épargner des vies. — Donnons une leçon au comte de Barcelone ! Que le Seigneur nous accorde la grâce de le prendre rapidement vivant. Il plairait à Jésus de voir s’établir enfin la paix entre nos deux maisons. Je vous le rappelle, mes amis : c’est une guerre entre bons chrétiens, une guerre fratricide, les Baux ne sont pas Jérusalem et je préférerais être aux côtés du roi Louis, du comte de Toulouse et de l’empereur Conrad en partance pour la Terre sainte que sur les bords du Rhône, face à mon beau-frère.

Bérarde soufflait de toutes ses forces dans l’instrument de cuivre au large pavillon. Aubeline lui fit signe d’arrêter. L’olifant avait dû être entendu par Bertrane de Signes, les dames et leurs alliés. Il signifiait que les armées de Stéphanie et de Raymond Bérenger de Barcelone avaient été repérées et qu’elles se trouvaient bien sur la frange de la Camargue comme l’avait prévu le plan initial. — Nom de Dieu ! jura Aubeline en contemplant les milliers de guerriers qui se préparaient à l’affrontement.

Courage ! Le bon droit est de notre côté ! dit la dame de Signes. Défendons nos terres ! Les deux camps criaient maintenant leur haine. Stéphanie avait du mal à contenir ses féaux. Elle aussi mesurait avec effroi l’immensité de cette mer de fer que rien ne semblait pouvoir contenir. La Camargue était devenue soudain trop petite pour être le théâtre de cette bataille décisive. Au centre d’une cavalerie forte de cinq cents chevaliers réapparut Raymond Bérenger. Il était précédé de Basques vêtus de peaux de bête retenant une meute de chiens féroces à longs poils.

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