Silent Heroes By Patricia Furstenberg Publication Day Feature and Author Interview

Silent Heroes By Patricia Furstenberg

When Love And Values Are Worth Fighting For

Today I will be highlighting a new publication called Silent Heroes by Patricia Furstenberg.

The book is based around a subject very close to my heart, the wonderful bravery, spirit and dedication of Military Working Dogs and their handlers.

Soldier and his MWD

I asked Patricia what inspired her to write this book.

As it is cheerfully agreed between dog lovers, without the slightest necessity of scientific proof, there is a deep connection between canines and humans. Just as we can read their facial expressions, they can read our minds, even when we are not in the same room with them, yet plan on returning home – to find them waiting for us.

But what about the dog’s extraordinary sense of smell?

“You had three cookies in your pocket, yet you only gave me one,” says his tail while his eyebrows take your measure. “Well? I trust you.”

I often ask myself, why dogs do the things they do? Learn whatever we teach them? Choose to follow us, no matter where we go? Forgive us? What choices do they have, not to? Not considering the different dog bread’s abilities, canines must be some of the most persistent creatures.

Even in times of war.

Even at war? Stop. Rewind that thought.

From army mascots to tracking down and helping the fallen soldiers, dogs have proved invaluable on the frontline, more so during modern times when, believe it or not, the latest technology can be blinded by artisanal weapons.

Yet, the question that rises is, what gives a dog the sense of security – in the midst of the battle and away from home? When his olfactory senses are overpowered by the scents of war and his ears struck by one explosion after the other?

The answer is simpler than I anticipated. No super powers and not the months of training, but the proximity and the connection the military dog has established with his human handler, his friend, his sibling, his parent.

It is astounding the amount of lives, both military and civilian, an army dog, trained to sniff hidden explosives, saves.

Surely a MWD, Military Working Dog, did not sign up to go into a war zone. His aptitudes did. But by going there with his human handler (which perhaps left his young family behind), and by saving lives, dog and Marine saved the life of a local child who did not choose to be born in a country that knew nothing but war for almost two millennia.

Just as dogs don’t choose to go to war, people don’t choose to be born in a war zone. Yet they do. What are their chances of survival? What are their options, but fleeing their country with almost nothing on their back? What is the future holding for them?

I write these words from the comfort of my second home in South Africa; my first home being in Romania. I write for Louise’s lovely blog, “Waggy Tails Dog”, in UK. Readers from all the parts of the world will read it. What connects us, besides our love for dogs, is the fact that we are, all, global citizens.

I wrote “Silent Heroes” because, on researching military dogs and the troubled history of the Afghan people, I felt responsible for spreading their stories, their struggles, their hopes.

 

 

50% of all eBook and paperback Amazon royalties earned during July and August will be donated to an Animal Charity that will be revealed on Twitter and Facebook. 

 

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‘Silent Heroes’ is a highly emotional read, action-packed, a vivid story of enormous sacrifice and bravery.

*’Silent Heroes’ is the ideal read for the fans of ‘The Kite Runner’ and ‘Dear John’!*

 

Book Description

When Talibans descends in the village of Nauzad and discover girls can read, a woman accepts the blame and is killed on the spot for breaking the Islam law. Her teenage daughter witnesses the sacrifice and swears revenge, her life and that of her brother becoming intertwined with those of the US Marines serving at FOB Day nearby. But the Taliban is infiltrated everywhere and friends or foes are hard to differentiate. The U.S. Marines fight with bravery to protect the civilians of Nauzad and to fend off the Taliban at Qala-e-Bost, thus protecting Bost Airport, a vital strategic point for the allies. Faced with questions about the necessity of the war, with the trauma of losing their platoon-mates and the emotional scars of battle, the US Marines race against time in one last battle of eradicating the Taliban before it is too late. 

The War in Afghanistan is a contemporary, vitally important conflict whose meaning needs to be understood by the public worldwide. ‘Silent Heroes’ is a narrative about the value of life and the necessity of combat; the terror of dying; the ordeal of seeing your loved ones and your platoon-mates killed in front of your eyes; the trauma of taking a human life. 

Read about very well trained MWDs, military working dogs, capable of detecting the smallest traces of explosives, working in the extreme weather condition environments, under the stressful battlefield situations that is the War in Afghanistan. 
Smart and agile, at the end of the day what these dogs are looking forward to is the close bond they developed with their handlers, which call themselves the dog’s partners, brothers, daddies.

From the storyteller of the Bestseller “Joyful Trouble” comes a riveting, fictional account inspired by the War in Afghanistan, a battle that spanned centuries and has affected the lives of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians.

“Light, knowledge, they bring the courage to look at the people around us, accepting them for what they are.”

“Do you ever think that history speaks of victors and captors, of battles and soldiers whose lives have been lost and history even counts them, but of the casualties on the civilian side?”

“When soldiers grieve, time takes a screenshot and a new star rises in the sky.”

 

About The Author

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Patricia Furstenberg is a skilled author, poetess and mother. With a medical degree behind her, Patricia is passionate about mind, brain and education and the psychology behind it.

Her latest book, “Silent Heroes: When Love and Values Are Worth Fighting for”, is a highly emotional read, action-packed, a vivid story of enormous sacrifice and bravery. “Silent Heroes” is a narrative about the value of life. Whose are the spoils-of-war? A new look at the War in Afghanistan, at the MWD, Military Working Dogs and the brave Marines fighting it, but also at the Afghans caught in it.

Her book “Joyful Trouble” is an Amazon Bestseller.
Her book of poems “As Good As Gold” became a #1 New Release the day it was published.

Based on her previous books, Patricia is well known for her uplifting, charming themes and lovable, enchanting characters: dogs, cats, elephants, cheetahs, lions, but also squirrels and snails. Using her knowledge she crafts stories and poems that are great fun, as well as teaching empathy. Her stories are filled with “creativity and vivid imagery” and she knows how to “capture the reader’s imagination.”
Her words “truly make the world a happier and more beautiful place!”

Her prolific writing is described as: positive, diverse, crisp, joyful and uplifting.

Patricia Furstenberg came to writing though reading, her passion for books being something she inherited from her parents. As a winner of the Write Your Own Christie Competition, the Judges “were impressed by her thorough investigation and admired the strength of her narrative; they were impressed by her style”. The judges thought Patricia’s writing style is “well structured, with a great sense of tension and suspense”, “confident and intriguing”. The Judges were Mathew Prichard, David Brawn from Harper Collins UK and Daniel Mallory from Harper Collins US.

When she’s not writing Patricia enjoys reading, researching for forthcoming books and traveling with her family. She never counts how many cups of coffee she enjoys in a day.
Patricia lives happily with her husband, children and dogs in sunny South Africa.

 

Here is my review of one of Patricia Furstenberg’s previous books, which is a collection of poetry about dogs.

It has been such a pleasure to spotlight Silent Heroes today and to find out what was the inspiration behind it. It proves to me that the bond we have with our dogs goes much deeper than we can fully understand. These amazing creatures are capable of amazing bravery which is brought about through the sheer devotion they feel for their owners.
Thank you for reading.

  5 comments for “Silent Heroes By Patricia Furstenberg Publication Day Feature and Author Interview

  1. 20th July 2019 at 6:33 pm

    Oh, wow, Louise, this is fantastic! Thank you so much for your kind support. It is precious and highly appreciated.
    The blog post came out so beautiful, I love it! It is an honor to be featured on your blog again.

    • waggytalesdogblog
      20th July 2019 at 9:41 pm

      You’re welcome x

  2. MJ LaBeff
    20th July 2019 at 11:39 pm

    Thank you both for the wonderful interview! I love dogs, and I’m definitely getting this book. It sounds like an incredible read. I’ll also checkout Patricia’s poetry. Warm regards, MJ LaBeff

    • 21st July 2019 at 8:25 am

      Thank you so much for your interest in “Silent Heroes”, MJ! 🙂
      Warm regards,
      Pat xx

    • waggytalesdogblog
      21st July 2019 at 1:56 pm

      Thank you too MJ xxx

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