Author Harlan Coben has been fooling readers for years now and each time he fools them they love it more and more. Readers like to be surprised and with Coben's books you are always assured there will be a twist in the plot or in the action of a character that is totally unexpected.
Next time you see, and hear, a bunch of burley guys, sporting black leather jackets blazoned with all kinds of intriguing patches, roaring down your quiet street on their Harley- Davidson "hogs," don't be nervous.
Lothar Kahn's backstory has all the ingredients of a Hollywood movie, but the reality is far more tragic and even unremarkable. Kahn has lived two of the most compelling narratives of the 20th century: the Holocaust and the D-Day invasion.
In college, having people know you're a combat veteran is sort of like identifying yourself as a foreign exchange student. So I guess I'll start there, putting on my pith helmet and exploring the observations a 29-year-old combat veteran who is also a junior in college might have.
All the Danish soldiers who developed PTSD were much more likely to have suffered emotional problems and traumatic events prior to deployment. In fact, it wasn't traumatic war experiences that predicted the onset of PTSD, but rather childhood experiences of violence.
At the outset of World War II, the British Ministry of Information came up with the slogan "Keep Calm and Carry On" for a poster designed to allay the fear that Germany would invade Great Britain. My friend, a commander serving in Afghanistan, uses it for his signature line.