By Laurie Norlander

Fades the Light

The Army calls it PTSD.


                                           Mac calls it the Beast.


He might be out of Iraq, but he's not done fighting the war on terror. The battlefield has simply retrenched inside his head. .

Despite Mac's paranoia and a host of self-destructive behaviors, a chance encounter with a runaway girl presents Mac with much-needed purpose and challenges him to resurrect a healthier version of himself. But old habits prove hard to break as alcohol, denial, and rage join forces to sabotage Mac's mission and his last chance for redemption.


When the Kid is duped into a dangerous extortion plot, Mac's already shaky hold on reality is strained. With lives on the line, Mac must confront the horrors of his past. Will he rise above his fears to rescue the Kid, or will the Beast of Mac's nightmares defeat his efforts to reclaim both his sanity and his faith?

Award-winning author, Laurie Norlander, believes in second chances. As a CPA turned novelist, Norlander writes uplifting fiction to challenge, encourage and inspire. Laurie’s thought-provoking stories, woven with intrigue, humor, and romance, feature wounded people searching for redemption. She and her husband, Stephen, live in west central Wisconsin.

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