They Followed the Call
How can one comprehend the pain of a young mother torn away from her son to defend her country on the battlefield? Marissa, a single mom, has to leave her little boy behind when the army calls her to serve in the desert of Iraq during the post-war era of Iraqi Freedom. As a medic, Marissa faces danger, is a witness to brutality and destruction, and aches to be home with her little Charlie.
Her boy’s pleading for her to come home and hug him is a sword that pierces her heart during every call. Only the camaraderie of Marissa's friends and a forbidden romance that develops between her and a young lieutenant, keeps Marissa going.
Together with Lieutenant O’Rourke, Marissa initiates a project to help a group of orphaned boys and the war finally regains some meaning for her.
About Al Lohn (South Jersey Author)
Al Lohn was born in 1934 on the outskirts of Cologne Germany and educated in the art of apparel manufacturing. He worked until 1956 in his fathers business. In November 1956, he immigrated to the USA with his parents and younger brother. Drafted thirteen months later, he served in the US Army for two years stationed in Germany where he met his wife.
After a fifty-year career in the apparel industry, he retired as corporate vice-president from the Spiegel group and turned to writing to fill his ample leisure time.
His extensive travel during his 50-year career, took him around the world to five continents. The travels gave him a deep understanding of the world’s cultures as well as their trials and tribulations. This, combined with his experience growing up in a war-torn country during World War II, and his military service, gave him enough stories and imagination to spin the yarn for his novels.
Al Lohn has eight published novels to his credit, and the ninth, his memoirs, is in the last editing phase.
Al resides in New Jersey with his wife of fifty-eight years where they enjoy their children and three grandchildren.