They Are Soldiers
Title: They Are Soldiers
Author: Harold Coyle
Manning a security zone between the nation of Israel and the newly created Palestine state, the National Guard members of Company A work against a microbiologist who would use American forces to further his political goals.
They are your neighbors and the people who deliver your mail. They teach your children and build your homes. Every day you see them but do not notice them, that is, not until they are needed. Only when disaster strikes, whether it be natural or man-made, do they become something quite different. Throughout our nation’s history they have been called many things; the militia, the home guard, the National Guard. But regardless of title they have always been unique, something more than ordinary people-good citizens in peace and warriors when called upon. The nature of this mission, to man a security zone that separates the nation of Israel from the newly created Palestinian state present the Guardsmen of Company A with a unique set of problems. Together, professional officers and the citizen soldiers must find a way to navigate their way toward an uncertain future in a troubled land. Part of that future involves dealing with those who are determined to use the arrival of the Americans to further their own political and personal goals. One of these men is Hammed Kamel, a microbiologist who seizes upon the introduction of American forces in the Holy Lands as an opportunity to strike a telling blow against the two nations who have oppressed his people, the Palestinians, for decades. Together with a corps of like-minded men, Kamel sets in motion a train of events that places the citizen soldiers of Bedlow, Virginia-and their community, on the other side of the world-in jeopardy.