Field of Blackbirds is a completed, 120,000 word, historical fiction, primarily set in the Balkan region of Yugoslavia.
During a time of ethnic cleansing and genocide, four young men, hemispheres apart, set out for one common purpose; to find God’s mercy. Eventually, wearing different uniforms, their values, ideas and misconceptions collide during the Kosovo Crisis, in 1992.
Reed: A baseball loving, all-American, everyday saint, who is ready to serve his country, but must prove that his stomach is as strong as his conviction when tossed into the blood-soaked fields of ethnic genocide. Lazar: A poor Serb, who joins the Yugoslav army out of patriotic duty, is forced to cleanse the village of his Muslim girlfriend. Will the guilty jaws of betrayal swallow him whole like Jonah and the whale? Marcielli: A classic Italian, Don Juan and soccer pro, who forfeits a future of fame and glory to join the military so he and his new bride can shake the relentless Italian Mafia from repaying an unwanted debt to his family. And finally, Radenko: A military law graduate and the son of a prominent general from Montenegro, who battles his conscience while defending top-level war criminals, is plagued by the moral influences of his deceased mother. Can he provide a fair defense for his clients?
Be prepared to experience life through their eyes. How far are you willing to follow your convictions? What really defines treason? Whose values are right anyways? Where will you stand as these young men could be fatally challenged with bringing moral courage and compassion to a horror-stricken way of life? You will feel with them, love with them, even hate with them, and you will pray they make the right decisions.